Travellers to Thailand are presented with an amazing choice of destinations reflecting the diversity of its landscapes and built environments. Thailand’s immaculate swathes of palm-backed, white-sand beaches, on both the mainland and scores of islands, are legendary. But the country is also rich in culture, from exotic temples to hill tribes in the scenically gorgeous north. And for a mix of holiday in Thailand pleasures, from shopping in night markets, historic sites and wonderful food, the cities of Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai won’t disappoint.
Thailand’s landscapes vary incredibly also with tropical islands surrounded by azure seas in the South, forested mountains in the North, fertile river plains in the heartland and the Isaan plateau to the Northeast. The land is like an artists canvas changing with the seasons. During the rainy season the whole country will be bathed in a blanket of green with rice fields being tended by farmers, rivers brimming with life and the sky often showing natures beauty.
Thailand’s capital city Bangkok has become one of Asia’s most dynamic and exciting places where modernity meets tradition in all aspects. It is a vibrant city which will leave its footprint in the mind of anyone who visits.
Further afield Thailand offers ancient cities such as Chiang Mai the ancient Lanna capital and now handicraft centre of Thailand which sits in a farming valley surrounded by forested mountains; Hua Hin a quiet seaside fishing village which has become a popular setting for holiday makers to visit the beach and eat fresh seafood, explore a national park or have a round of golf on one of several local international courses; Phuket island is the ‘pearl of the Andaman’ and is surrounded by some of Asia’s most amazing scenery and the worlds best scuba diving sites; Samui Island offers a truly tropical scene with coconut palm lined beaches and at times the most calm azure seas to be found anywhere and for visitors seeking laid back rural lifestyles, Angkor period ruins or pre-historic relics, the famed North East of Thailand (Issan) is waiting to be discovered.
There is much more to Thailand for the slightly adventurous traveller willing to ‘get off the beaten track’ and see some of the unknown places that represent the real Thailand where daily life goes on behind the scenes.