Photo by Greg Rodgers
It's November, and that means that the busy season is officially beginning in Thailand.
While the floodgates won't really begin pouring in the tourist masses until around January, both prices and crowds are already on the rise. A frenzy of last-minute construction is underway around many of the islands to prepare for the onslaught.
Bangkok recently topped London as the most visited city in the world. And while some of those visitors were only in the city for business meetings - poor souls - many of the other travelers take time to look around.
With flooding once again hurting rice crops and exports, Thailand's economy needs the tourism. I recently spent a pleasant week on Koh Chang, Thailand's second-largest island, before making my way to the Philippines only to be caught in the largest typhoon to ever make landfall.
White Sand Beach on Koh Chang could arguably be one of the most children-friendly beaches in Thailand. Imagine the largest swimming pool in the world with a soft, sandy bottom. And while resorts have taken over for a big part, you can still find those classic, charming bungalows on the far north end of the beach. A room with sea view can be had for US $20 per night or less!