Thailand or India? Budget Backpacking
Thailand and India are both great potential options for the budget backpacker. They both offer countless experiences, delicious food, stunning weather and opportunities to meet great people. Both Thailand and India offer incredible photo opportunities and great value. This article will help you decide what is best for you, based on your budget.
For booze-drenched beach parties, there are plenty of opportunities in both India and Thailand. In India, you’ll be able to find a large diversity – ranging from the party beaches of Goa, the beautiful abandoned fishing beaches of Karnataka, the surfing havens of Kerala, to the temple sands of Tamil Nadu and Orissa. The options are endless. Aside from Goa and Gokarna however, beaches in India can be quite conservative, particularly those that are home to temples.
Thailand’s beaches are extremely idyllic; beautiful shades of blue with white sand, especially in the islands. They also tend to be cleaner and their parties will certainly be more liberal, with many more Western travellers there.
Kovalam Beach, Kerala India
MOUNTAINS, FORESTS AND NATIONAL PARKS
Thailand has some beautiful tropical forests teeming with wildlife and greenery. Their forest tourism industry is extremely well developed in order for you to experience its natural bounty.
India’s forests are also beautiful, ranging from the evergreen, to the deciduous to the tropical. Areas such as Coorg or the Andamans are lush and blooming with life all year round. Further, India is home to plenty of National Parks with stunning scenery. Depending on the time of year, you may even be lucky enough to spot some tigers! For more information about National Parks in India, visit our blog!
Mountain – wise, both Thailand and India have some great hill-stations. India however, has the backing might of the famous Himalayas, as well as Rajasthan’s endless deserts.
Ranthambore National Park
Value for money
India is, by quite some margin, cheaper than Thailand in every aspect – except from alcohol. Depending on the kind of trip you are looking for, this fact alone may sway your decision. Local activities, food, travel and accommodation are all significantly cheaper in India. Hostels in India average around 5-8 USD a night per room. Hostels in Thai cities such as Phuket or Bangkok will not be as cheap.
Street food in Thailand is mind-blowing, despite lacking in vegetarian options. On the other end of the spectrum, Thailand’s luxury comes in many affordable categories, thanks to their strong tourism infrastructure. India is certainly slowly striking out in the luxurious aspect, also.
The Taj Hotel, Mumbai
India is not nearly as touristy as Thailand, especially if you go off the beaten track. Thailand can be filled with tourists and it is near impossible to find a place untouched by the ravenous tourism industry. The upside, of course, is fantastic service, safety and high-standards in all hotels, no matter how small.
The beauty of India’s less-travelled destinations however, is unbeatable. If you visit the North East, or the southern part of Tamil Nadu, you can go days or even weeks without meeting any non-locals. If you’re worried that this means a poorer quality of stay or transport, that is what we are here for! Contact us with any queries you have.
Compared to India, Thailand is much easier to travel independently. In terms of safety, it does have a reputation of being relatively safer than India. You can backpack through Thailand more relaxed and make plans as you go. India, on the other hand, can be more difficult to navigate, though the rewards are definitely richer. With us there to help you, you have no reason to worry about tickets, bookings or tips. There’s nothing to loose!
Thailand or India?
Both India and Thailand have their own advantages and disadvantages to travel to. We hope that this article has helped you gain some more insight into what will fit your preferences best. Alternatively, feel fee to contact us for any more information, or for any help planning your dream trip to India. If Thailand tickles your fancy more so, check out our sister website, AsiaSomeday.com.
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