Thailand Destination Guide
Thailand is one of the most visited countries in Asia – and with good reason. Known as the 'the Land of Smiles,' this ancient Southeast Asian nation boasts fascinating culture, glorious weather and spectacular coastlines fringed by unspoiled beaches.
Thailand holidays offer something for everyone, from the frenetic pace of Bangkok to party capital Pattaya, the historic temples of Ayutthaya and beyond. If the sights and sounds don't grab your attention then the cuisine surely will. Thai food is world renowned, so take your tastebuds on a trip to the tasty source of one of Asia's most delicious cuisines.
There's a seemingly endless list of things to do in Thailand, although most visitors begin their trip in Bangkok. Don't be put off by the chaotic pace of the capital, there are still plenty of chances to slow down. One of the best places to do so is at the sprawling Grand Palace in the heart of historic Rattanakosin.
Next to the palace is the impressive Wat Pho – or the 'Temple of the Reclining Buddha'. Further afield the northern city of Chiang Mai is home to more than 300 Buddhist temples, some of which are among the most important in Thai culture. Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is a temple founded as far back as 1383 and is revered as one of the most sacred sites in the region.
Many visitors travel to Thailand for the food alone! One of the best ways to experience Thai food is from many of the food stalls and stands which line the streets of Bangkok. Thailand's famous nightlife is another obvious attraction.
Some of the best places to tip back a tipple include the Silom district around the raucous Soi Patpong, party town Pattaya to the south of Bangkok, and the famous tropical island of Phuket.
Thailand has it all: food, fashion & friendly locals
Thais are renowned for their friendliness and easy-going dispositions. Not surprisingly for a predominantly Buddhist nation, temple trips feature high on the agenda.
In the afternoon take in a bout of the popular combat sport Muay Thai, before heading out for some late-night shopping at one of Thailand's popular night markets like the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. Don't forget to brush up on those haggling skills!