Senior Travel to Exotic Countries: India and Thailand

May 5th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Quite a long title for this site: Senior Citizen Tours in India – Senior Citizen Tours India, Senior Citizen Vacations Rajasthan, Senior Citizen Holiday Trips South India, Senior Citizen Tours in North India. Be ready for some agreeable accompanying music.  I guess in India they just like long titles.  They also seem to know how to sell programs to retirees with this introduction…”India has been an exotic tourist destination for the senior citizens across the world. India’s rich cultural heritage and sites, alternative medicinal spas and resorts – especially rejuvenation spas, the spiritual places and of course warmth with which the people of this nation welcome guests and combine to produce an effect which exerts a mighty yet lovable pull on the senior tourist. India has always witness very good number of Senior Travelers across the globe. This is mainly because of the available infrastructure & facilities. Senior citizen travel in India is now more exciting than ever before.”

And how about Thailand?   I hear many good things about Thailand from friends who have traveled there. Here is Lonely Planet’s view.  Thailand is often referred to as a golden land, not because there is precious metal buried underground but because the country gives off a certain lustre, be it the fertile rice fields of the central plains, white sandy beaches or the warm hospitality of its citizenry.  The best time to visit most of Thailand is between November and February, because it rains the least and it is not too hot.  If you plan to focus on the northern provinces, the hot season (March to May) and early rainy season (June to July) are not bad either, as temperatures are moderate at higher elevations. Northeastern and central Thailand, on the other hand, are best avoided from March to May, when temperatures may climb over 40°C (that’s 104F back here in the States). Because temperatures are more even year-round in the south (because it’s closer to the equator), the beaches and islands of southern Thailand are a good choice for respite when the rest of Thailand is miserably hot.

The US Dept. of State says…GO FOR IT.  WikiTravel has a nice overviewVirtual Tourist says senior visitors travel to Thailand for many reasons—to relax on the beautiful beaches of Phuket, climb the mountains near Mae Hong Son, or get lost among the bright shopping centers and screaming streets of Bangkok. Whether it’s adventure or relaxation you seek on your Thailand vacation, one thing for sure is that you’ll enjoy the delicious and inexpensive Thai food as each dish as delicious as the last. Known for its delicate silk and friendly natives, you’ll feel comfortable wrapping yourself in both!

Lastly, Guide to Thailand can provide helpful destination and hotel guides.  I like their small PhraseWizard Phrase Cards that are printed in Thai Script with English language translations . These would come in very handy.   I once had a small red plastic guide book that had colorful pictures of a variety of tourist needs like glass of water, a bathroom, a hotel, a ticket and dozens of other helpful needs that one would find helpful in any culture.  They were perfect as all you had to do was to remember how to say PLEASE, show the picture and when you got the information you needed, how to say THANK YOU in that language.  Or course if you are “artsy/crafty” you could always just draw a picture of what you want and try to meet your needs in this manner too.   jeb



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