Thailand is situated in south-east Asia and is a rapidly developing country that combines ancient traditions and cultural values with modern developments and industrialization. Tourism is a key industry here and every year hundreds of thousands of people from around the world visit the country for leisure, fun and adventure.
The weather is to be considered good all the year around although some people choose to avoid the short rainy season between July and October. Many people from Europe visit Thailand during the European winter in order to break away from the bitter winter cold at home. The most popular tourist destinations within the country are Ayutthaya, Pattaya, Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi, and Ko Samui amongst others.
Each of these destination spots has its own attraction and uniqueness, whether it is the centuries old temples and palaces in Bangkok or the idyllic beaches of Phuket. By western standards, Thailand is one of the cheapest countries in the world to visit and this means that it offers great value for money. In particular, it enables more people to stay at higher quality luxury hotels which can be found throughout the country. For travelers from the UK, there are several flights available to Thailand. British Airways flights from London Heathrow is one of the preferred operators serving the route together with Thai Airways.
Spoilt for Choice of Unspoilt Beauty
Thailand has a great deal to offer the tourist and so it might be hard at first deciding on where to stay and what to do. Those people seeking a simple beach holiday might prefer to visit the small islands of Ko Chang and Ko Samet, both of which have undergone considerable development in recent times. For unspoilt beauty, the island of Ko Lipe with its reefs and beautiful beaches are an excellent choice.
Phang-nga Bay, Thailand
Exploring Thai Heritage & Culture
Anyone interested in the ancient culture of Thailand will undoubtedly first spend some time in Bangkok but would then need to travel further afield. Here are a few suggestions:
- Ayutthaya is a UNESCO world heritage site and was also the old capital of Siam.
- Kanchanaburi is home to numerous second world war museums and the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai.
- Sukhothai, which was Thailand’s first capital, contains some of the most amazing ruins in the country.
Places to stay – from Backpacking to utmost Luxury
There are a number of accommodation options throughout the country, which range from the most basic, appealing mostly to backpackers, to luxury five star hotels. Bangkok alone boasts dozens of five star hotels, with the most exclusive being the St Regis Bangkok and the Sukhothai Hotel Bangkok. Most of the top hotels offer spa facilities where of course the famous Thai massage can be experienced.
Local Cuisine at its Best
Thai Cuisine has gained a lot of popularity throughout the world over the last ten years or so and experiencing some of the fabulous local dishes is an essential part of any holiday there. There are numerous colourful dishes, featuring curries and stir fries, noodles and soups. One word to listen out for is “phet”. This means hot, and if a choice is available, most tourists should avoid it unless you are a lover of hot food of course!
Thailand is a wonderful country to visit, with friendly, welcoming people, a unique culture and great weather. It is suitable for every taste and need – whether for visitors seeking a spa break, a relaxing holiday on an exotic beach resort or for those who interested in exploring the historical and cultural treasures the country has to offer. The choices are manifold – Thailand is truly a hundred holidays in one.