Thailand, otherwise known as the Kingdom of Thailand, is formerly known as Siam. It is located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula, west of Andaman Sea on the southern border of Burma.
It is the 20th most populated country in the world and its capital city Bangkok is Thailand’s main cultural hub.
Thailand is loved for being a friendly place with paradise beaches, tropical climates and a rich golden history. Often travellers return for its eclecticism, lavish culture and mesmerizing shrines.
The peak time to visit Thailand are the months from November to February and the hottest months are April to May.
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The opulent culture of Thailand caters for all types of travellers.
For spiritual reverence, there are countless Buddhist temples and pagodas to marvel at, particularly in Chiang Mai and Sukhothai with its decadent ancient ruins. There is also the famous Bridge on the Khwae Yai River, which is considered a hot tourist site. Yet no visit to Thailand would be complete without seeing the magnificent old capital Ayutthaya to sense the presence of King Siam. Ayutthaya’s historical park is also worth a visit if you get time.
For the buzz of the city, Bangkok is only 50 miles away from Ayutthaya. It is one of the world’s top tourist destination renowned for having the best street markets including Chatuchak Weedend Market and Taling Chan Floating Market, and let’s not forget the infamous nightlife.
Exhilarating markets on the rivers of Bangkok.
Natural scenery is dotted all over Thailand, yet one of the most noted and beautiful nature spots is the limestone cliff in Hao Hin.
For those who love forests the world’s greatest park, Khao Yai is worth experiencing, named after the Unesco World Heritage site. There are a variety of mammals that roam free here from tigers, macaques, bears and elephants.
Beach destinations range from the southern island of Phuket, Ko Samui, Khao Lak, Patong and Chaweng. In these regions there are other outstanding beaches to explore so you won’t be limited to one. These are accessible via foot or speed boat such as Phi Phi Island, which is only an hour away from Phuket.
Children can enjoy the best of Thailand with its multi-purpose beach resorts, ranging from economy to the most luxurious. There are a variety of activities children can enjoy from snorkelling to water sports and safe outdoor games. You will find plenty of dive-centres offering diving classes for the whole family.
Divers have endless options of diving areas teaming with tropical life. The Similan Islands are popular for dedicated divers in addition to Phuket and Koh Phi Phi.
For party goers Bangkok is the place, but there is also Ko Pha Nga for those wanting to experience a full moon party. Ko Pha Nga is an island in the Gulf of Thailand and its Haad Rin beach pulls in many backpackers.
Thai food is also a huge favourite for foodies. The spectacular range of aromatic dishes, local ingredients and combinations of spice – sweet and sour captures the true essence of Thailand.
The Idyllic Beaches of Phuket