Travel guide Thailand
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Thailand is the premier tourist destination of South-East-Asia, and with good reason. The country is home to some the most scenic beach resorts and paradise islands in the world, and some of the friendliest inhabitants. Culture, tourism and religion sit happily hand-in-hand in the country dubbed the land of smiles
Places in Thailand
Land of Smiles
Thailand is positioned in the heart of Southeast Asia, sharing land borders with Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma) and Laos. The total land mass of the nation is roughly 513,000 square kilometres, which makes it approximately the same size as Spain.
The Royal Palace, Bangkok
The city of Bangkok is one of the worlds most treasured and ranks alongside New York, Paris and London as a must see metropolis. Elephants chugging down the street next to the chaotic traffic are a common sight and add to the mysterious beauty of the city. The most visited attractions in Bangkok are the Royal Palace, National Museum, the infamous Patpong market and the famous Buddhist temples of Wat Phra Kaeo, the beautiful Wat Suthat Thepwararam and Wat Pho. Over 95% of Thai people are Buddhist, and visiting Thailand without seeing the colourful temples at The Royal Palace, Bangkok first hand is sacrilegious.
The Island of Phuket is the enigmatic face of Thai beachside getaway holidays with its mixture of untapped and commercial beaches, alongside great infrastructure. The shopping facilities and night time entertainment scene in Patong are second to none and cements its reputation as the ‘pearl of the Andaman’. Phuket is an ideal base to explore the outlaying islands and second to none for diving and snorkelling.
Other famous coastal and Island locations include the infamous Pattaya, Koh Samui, Koh Chang, Koh Phangan, Krabi, Hua Hin and Koh Phi Phi.
Things to do in Thailand
Pattaya is Thailands number one party destination and is home to the largest expatriate community outside Bangkok. Pattaya has the reputation as the sex capital of Asia, with thousands of neon-lit bars, succumbing to the oldest trade in the world. Koh Phi Phi on the other hand is the quintessential remote tropical paradise with amazing coral reefs and diving conditions, and was also the location of the Leonardo Di Caprio movie, The Beach.
‘The Beach’ Filming Location, Koh Phi Phi
It is very easy to find a holiday home to suit your needs, and with so many areas to choose from, you will no doubt need to visit more than once
Wat Chiang Man, Chiang Mai
The Northern Thai provinces such as Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai have managed to keep some of their original charm and hark back to a bygone era of the Lanna Empire, which ruled the roost over 500 years ago. The north of Thailand has become a favourite destination for those seeking the true essence of Thai culture. Visiting hill tribe villages and opium plantations are commonplace in Chiang Mai, and can also be used as a base to explore the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet at one point.
When to go to Thailand and Weather
Thailand is a great destination to visit all year round with the sub-tropical climate ensuring high temperatures. The high season months of November to March are the time of least rainfall, while the monsoon season is from May to October. Thailand can be visited any time of the year, so this is not so important.
Getting to Thailand and Getting Around
The vast majority of international flights terminate in Bangkok, although a handful does arrive in Phuket, via Singapore. Travelling around Thailand is very easy with affordable domestic flights from Bangkok to the major destinations of Phuket in the south, Chiang Mai in the North and Koh Samui. The Thai bus and rail services are also very efficient from Bangkok to every part of the kingdom for affordable prices. All tickets can be obtained from the train and bus stations in Bangkok. Once in the towns, many take advantage of the cheap ‘Tuk-Tuk’ taxis, but you need to be aware of local scams.
Tuk-Tuk Taxi, Bangkok
Most people are attracted to Thailand because of the cheap prices, with holiday rental homes becoming the most favoured option at this moment in time. The Thai currency is the baht, and better exchange rates can be found in Thailand, rather than in your home nations.
Thailand is one of the safest places in the world to holiday. You will feel safe on the streets at every hour of the day and night. However, as all holidays to foreign countries, you will have to use your common sense.