From South to North, East to West, Thailand has a huge diversity of landscape and activities. With hundreds of beautiful Islands, the south of Thailand offers a plethora of picture-perfect beaches to suit all tastes; from resort-style luxury to idyllic island escapes or remote and jungle-clad stretches of sand. The North part of the country is a spiritual haven with a vast range of beautiful Buddhist temples; marvelous mountainous terrain, terrific trekking paths, lush jungle and riveting river activities.
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is a massive, glittering metropolis where one can find both old and new, East and West, traditional and fashionable, blended together in a harmonious way. Amphawa Floating Market is one of the must-see attractions near Bangkok for those who love to experience local lifestyle. The river-enclosed temples of the ancient capital, Ayutthaya, a Unesco World Heritage City, give a fascinating glimpse into the historic roots of religion and royalty in Thailand. The town of Nakhon Pathom boasts the tallest Buddhist pagoda, not only in Thailand, but also in the world. Just off Bangkok Bay, in Khao Sam Muk, is the highly revered hillside shrine of Chao Mae Sam Muk, famed for the star-crossed lovers who ended their lives here; spectacular panoramic views and the wild monkeys that live here.
Beaches are never far wherever you are in Thailand and Bangkok is no exception, Bang Saen, is a popular family beach resort near Bangkok; Ko Sichang, just a couple of hours by ferry is a paradise island whose name has become the title of a song. The hugely popular hedonistic town of Pattaya, on the east coast, is a mere 2 hours’ drive from Bangkok. Its powder-white sand, clear blue sky and calm, turquoise waters, coupled with fantastic nightlife, shopping and food have long heralded it as a firm favorite of both foreign and domestic tourists alike. Over on the west coast of Thailand lies the stunning coastline of the Andaman Sea, home to numerous offshore islands and an amazing underwater world. Snuggled into one of the southernmost provinces of Thailand and surrounded by the sparkling turquoise- colored Andaman sea is Phuket, Thailand’s biggest island. Also known as ‘the pearl of the Andaman’, this beautiful island has it all; nightlife, shopping and fabulous food (particularly seafood), but it’s the stunning coastline on Phuket and the surrounding islands that make this the premier beach destination in Thailand and indeed the world.
The irresistible appeal of Northern Thailand includes its fantastic climate, lush and mountainous scenery, intricate handicrafts, wonderful cuisine and rich spiritual culture. Perched amidst the mountains is the little, peaceful province of Nan, where culture fuses with nature to fascinating effect and where the adventurous can ride the rapids.
Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second biggest city, nestled near the cool confines of the highest mountains in the country, provides a plentitude of cultural and natural sightseeing opportunities; from the moat-encircled medieval Old Quarter with its temples, and wandering monks to Doi Suthep, one of the country’s most sacred temples and Thailand’s highest peak at Doi Inthanon National Peak, where trekking trails, jungle and waterfalls abound. Located on the northernmost tip of Thailand and at the heart of the famous Golden Triangle is the tropical wilderness of Chiang Rai; revered for its scenic views, spectacular temples, exotic hill tribes and exhilarating elephant riding tours.