With the ongoing India-Thailand air travel bubble and further relaxation of Thailand’s travel entry rules, Indians are flocking to the Land of Smiles.
Latest YouGov research commissioned by Airbnb reveals that more than 70 percent of Indians are excited about being able to travel internationally, and almost 50 percent are considering travel to Asia Pacific destinations – with Thailand amongst the most searched destinations in the region.
Many Indians are excited about travelling internationally again, and are looking to make their next international trip a reality very soon. 75 percent of Indians surveyed report having plans to travel internationally in the foreseeable future, with more than a third planning to do this within the next six months. Almost three-quarters of working Indians say they’d consider combining work and travel, underscoring the fundamental changes in how people are living and working since the pandemic.
“As border restrictions gradually ease across many countries in the region, we’re seeing a lot of enthusiasm for cross-border travel. After being unable to travel abroad for so long, travellers are excited to take that long-awaited overseas trip – something we’ve seen reflected in searches on Airbnb. Thailand has always been one of the most popular destinations for Indians and the Thai Government’s recent lifting of all testing requirements pre-travel and on arrival is great news for both Indian travellers and Thai tourism. We’re incredibly excited to welcome travellers and make their much awaited international trip a memorable one. We will continue to work together with the Thai government to rebuild tourism and help ensure more local communities can benefit from the return of travel than ever before,” said Amanpreet Bajaj, General Manager, India, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
From beachside getaways to lush treehouses and eco-friendly earth huts, Indians are definitely making a beeline for Thailand’s natural wonders. Below are some of Airbnb’s top wishlisted Thai stays by Indian travellers:
Tamarine Deluxe Oceanfront, Koh Samui
Check out the Tamarina Bed & Beyond for a perfect getaway and unbelievable views of the blue waters and white sands of Koh Samui. With infinite views of the sea from wherever you are, an indoor pool, and interiors that are clean and luxurious, this two-story Airbnb stay is the idyllic base to discover delicious local offerings and boutiques. The stay is just walking distance from the Bang Rak Pier, and Fisherman’s Village is a short drive away.
Ao Yon Beach House, Phuket
Away from the crowds, Ao Yon Beach is a great spot for a peaceful and relaxed holiday in Phuket. For a panoramic view of the turquoise beach, check out this gorgeous Airbnb stay, with clean design and modern comforts, including a well-equipped kitchen. And for those who love a thrilling water adventure, your Host also provides surfboards, snorkels, and life jackets.
The Treehouse, Hin Kong, Surat Thani
What makes this treehouse a delight is its unique location on a gorgeous beachfront. A mix of modern, rustic, and vintage, the two-story Airbnb stay is perfectly equipped for the quintessential beach holiday, complete with a 100-year old tree growing through the house! While you can take a leisurely stroll on the beach, nothing quite compares to swaying in your hammock on the terrace while admiring the beautiful sunset.
Flying Squirrel Treehouse, Mae Hong Son
While Thailand is known for its beaches, the mountains are equally stunning. If you’re looking for a budget stay then this compact and charming treehouse is perfect. Made of solid wood, the stay is equipped with amenities along with a small desk to work from. The town is a 15-minute walk away from where you can explore the mountainous province, go hiking and interact with the local community.
Tamarind Treehouse, Chiang Mai
There are treehouses, and then there is the Tamarind Treehouse. Designed by an architect Host, this teak wood stay gives guests the immersive experience of living within Thailand’s ancient forests. Starting with just one cottage, the treehouse has quickly expanded into six cottages in just a few years. Just an hour and a half away from downtown Chiang Mai, it is close to a lovely waterfall, caves and hiking trails, making for the perfect romantic getaway or family holiday.
Wooda House, Krabi
You don’t need to be high up in the trees to be one with nature. If laying on a hammock by the beach describes your perfect holiday then this Airbnb stay is just what you need. Situated in the middle of a fisherfolk neighbourhood on Lanta Island, the stay is designed to blend seamlessly into its surroundings. The multiple windows and doors ensure that you are as much a part of the outside as the inside. A great way to unplug, reset and recharge – away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life!
Villa Seakiss, Cape Yamu, Phuket
In this luxury Cape Yamu stay, it would be impossible not to be serenaded by the sun-kissed sands and ocean waves of the Andaman Sea. Complete with a 17m long infinity pool and 5 bedrooms for a large family holiday, this stay has been specially designed so guests can enjoy an amazing sunset view from anywhere, making it a popular choice for holiday-goers.
Nibbana Bungalow, Koh Pha Ngan, Surat Thani
For the optimum Thai experience, explore this idyllic beachfront stay on Koh Pha Ngan, the 5th largest island, which can be easily accessed by ferry from the mainland. Besides some of the most incredible views of the island, you can enjoy a relaxed holiday in this bungalow.
Leafy Greens, Chiang Mai
This two-story eco-friendly cob house offers a unique retreat at which to relax and unwind. Built from clay and surrounded by nature and organic gardens, the stay is located within easy access to the city and guests can use the complimentary bicycles to explore the surrounding area.