Exciting and exotic, beaches to the south, mountainous jungle to the north and so much in between, Thailand is one of Asia’s premier travel destinations.
Straight off the plane in Bangkok? You have landed in a capital city brimming with energy, flavours, culture and people, so get stuck in to Thai life! Head straight for the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market and the Floating Markets, enjoy shopping and dining on cheap tasty food and when you have had your fill, there’s a decidedly potent nightlife to embrace. In the light of day, the sights are altogether more iconic; the Golden Buddha beckons, illustrious Buddhist temples Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho and Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) await and the Grand Palace, befitting of its name, is a must see that will surely dazzle. A day trip out of the city will take you to Ayutthaya Historical Park, where you can wander through the ruins of the former capital of the ancient Kingdom of Siam.
Thailand is well known throughout the world for its beaches and Krabi province is home to many. Ao Nang is popular and Railay Beach is considered one of the country’s best - not the only attraction here - Railay’s rock-climbing routes are also a major draw. Phuket is well know and established as a leading international island resort and growing numbers like to visit Hat Maya on the island of Koh Phi Phi Leh, the location of the Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach.
Unspoilt islands and the clear waters of the Andaman Sea make Thailand’s southerly coastline an aquatic paradise and heavenly diving and snorkelling destination. Sea kayaking is also a great way to get up close and explore places like Phang Nga Bay known for its scenic beauty with islets and grottos and a sea stack called Khao Phing Kan, aka James Bond Island (featured in the James Bond films The Man with the Golden Gun and Tomorrow Never Dies).
Thailand’s natural beauty extends way beyond its sandy shores, most tourists are unaware of the rugged, mountain jungle landscapes that can be found in the north. Pai, in Mae Hong Son province provides a good base to explore Northern Thailand and trekking tours can take you to some of the remote villages to meet the hill tribes that reside there.
There are many national parks with breathtaking scenery to enjoy, some coastal and some inland with ancient rainforests, waterfalls, caves and lakes. Elephants are revered in Thailand and a popular day excursion, to see them in their natural environment, is a visit to Khao Yai NP where you will also see exotic birds, monkeys and other indigenous wildlife.
More famous attractions unique to Thailand include the Night Bazaar in Chiang Mai, the Full Moon Party on the crescent shaped beach Haad Rin on the island of Koh Phangan and notorious Death Railway and The Bridge on the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi. If all this doesn’t whet your appetite for an adventure in Thailand nothing will!