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Destinations in Thailand

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Regions in Thailand

Thailand can be divided into five geographical and cultural regions:

  • Northern Thailand
    Chiang Mai, the hill tribes and the Golden Triangle.
  • Isaan
    The great region of the Northeast. Get off the beaten track and discover the Thai hinterland, tantalising food and beautiful Khmer ruins.
  • Central Thailand
    Bangkok, the lowlands and historic Thailand.
  • Eastern Thailand
    Beaches and islands near Bangkok, such as Pattaya, Ko Samet and Ko Chang.
  • Southern Thailand
    A lush rainforest and hundreds of kilometres of attractive coastline and islands in the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand, plus Phuket, Krabi, Ko Samui, Ko Tao and many other famous places in Thailand

Cities in Thailand

  • Ayutthaya – a historic city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former capital of Siam
  • Bangkok – The bustling and frenetic Thai capital known to Thais as Krung Thep.
  • Chiang Mai – de facto capital of Northern Thailand and heart of Lanna culture
  • Chiang Rai – Gateway to the Golden Triangle, Ethnic Minorities and Mountain Hiking
  • Kanchanaburi – home of the bridge over the River Kwai and many museums on the Second World War
  • Nakhon Ratchasima – the largest city in the Isaan region
  • Pattaya – one of the main tourist destinations, known for its wild nightlife
  • Sukhothai – the first capital of Thailand, still with amazing ruins
  • Surat Thani – Seat of the Srivijaya Empire, Gateway to the Samui Archipelago

Other destinations in Thailand

  • Khao Sok National Park – one of Thailand’s most beautiful nature reserves
  • Khao Yai National Park – take a night jeep safari to see deer or visit the spectacular waterfalls.
  • Ko Chang – once a quiet island, now a major tourist attraction
  • Ko Lipe – small island in the middle of Tarutao National Park, with large reefs and beaches
  • Ko Pha Ngan – site of the famous full moon party with miles of quiet coastline
  • Ko Samet – the closest island to Bangkok
  • Ko Samui – the hippie mecca for comfort, nature and entertainment has gone up in price
  • Krabi province – a mecca for beaches and water sports in the south, includes Ao Nang, Rai Leh, Ko Phi Phi and Ko Lanta.
  • Phuket – the original Thai paradise island, now highly developed but still with some beautiful beaches

How To Travel To Thailand

By plane Thailand's main international airports are in Bangkok and Phuket, both of which are well served by intercontinental flights. Almost all airlines flying to Asia also have flights to Bangkok, which means there are many connections and competition on these routes helps keep ticket prices down. There are two...

How To Travel Around Thailand

By plane Thailand is a big country, and if sitting on a bus for 11 hours is not your idea of a relaxing time, you may very well consider domestic flights. Deregulation of the sector, which was never very expensive to begin with (at least by Western standards), has allowed...

Weather & Climate in Thailand

The climate in Thailand is influenced by monsoon winds, which are seasonal in nature (southwestern and northeastern monsoons). The southwestern monsoon, which begins from May to October, is characterized by the movement of warm humid air from the Indian Ocean to Thailand, causing heavy rainfall in most of the...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Thailand

Ordinary passport holders from many Western and Asian countries, including most ASEAN countries, Australia, Canada, most European Union countries, Hong Kong, Japan and the United States do not need a visa if their visit is for tourism. Visitors arriving by air are granted a 30-day permit (with the exception...

Accommodation & Hotels in Thailand

Thailand offers accommodation in all price categories. You should always inspect the room (or better several rooms, sometimes the owners do not offer the best / cheapest rooms first) before agreeing on a price. In smaller establishments, also ask for the price agreed in writing to avoid problems when...

Things To See in Thailand

Historical and cultural attractions Bangkok is at the beginning of many visitors' itineraries, and although it is a modern city, it has a rich cultural heritage. Most visitors at least visit the Grand Palace, a group of highly decorated buildings and monuments. Here is Wat Phra Kaew, the holiest Buddhist...

Things To Do in Thailand

Golf Golf arrived in Thailand during the reign of King Rama V a hundred years ago. It was first played by nobles and other high society elites, but that has certainly changed since then. In the last decade, golf has grown in popularity in Thailand and is now popular with...

Food & Drinks in Thailand

Food in Thailand Food alone is reason enough for a trip to Thailand. Curries, fruit milkshakes, stir-fries, fresh fish have been around the world millions of times - and this is only the beginning. Food in Thailand can be as cheap and easy as fried Thai noodles (25 baht pad...

Money & Shopping in Thailand

Money in Thailand Currency in Thailand Weighty bahts Your new girlfriend asks you for a gold ring of one baht? Be careful, because it's not a cheap piece of jewelry: for jewelers and goldsmiths, the baht is also a measure of weight, 15.244 grams to be exact. So at the 2013 gold...

Festivals & Events in Thailand

Holidays in Thailand Thailand has many festivals, mainly related to Buddhism and the monarchy. Nobody celebrates them all except the banks, which often seem to be closed. Chinese New Year (ตรุษจีน). Chinese New Year 2014 is 31 January and marks the beginning of the Year of the Horse. It is also...

Language & Phrasebook in Thailand

The official language of Thailand is Thai. Like Mandarin and Vietnamese, Thai is a tonal language (think of the difference in your voice when you say "yes" as opposed to "yes? ), which can make it difficult to learn non-tonal languages quickly, but even so, everyone will appreciate your...

Internet & Communications in Thailand

Internet in Thailand The Thai government actively censors internet access. Estimates from 2010 put the number of blocked websites at 110,000 and rising. About 77 per cent are blocked for reasons of lèse-majesté, content (content that is defamatory, offensive, threatening or unflattering to the King, including national security and certain...

Traditions & Customs in Thailand

Thais are a polite people and, although remarkably tolerant of foreigners walking on their beaches and with their women, you will find that you get more respect if you treat them and their customs with respect. The head is considered the most elevated part of the body, the feet the...

Culture Of Thailand

Thai culture has been shaped by many influences, including Indian, Lao, Burmese, Cambodian and Chinese. Its traditions include great influences from India, China, Cambodia and the rest of Southeast Asia. Thailand's national religion, Theravada Buddhism, is at the heart of modern Thai identity. Thai Buddhism has evolved over time to...

History of Thailand

There is evidence of human settlement in Thailand dating to 40,000 years before present, with stone artefacts from this period in the rock shelter of Tham Lod in Mae Hong Son. Like other parts of Southeast Asia, Thailand was heavily influenced by the culture and religions of India, from...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Thailand

Stay safe in Thailand The most common cause of death for visitors to Thailand is motorbike accidents, especially on the often narrow, mountainous and winding roads of Phuket and Samui. Ride defensively, wear a helmet, don't drink and avoid riding at night. Political unrest Long-standing tensions between pro- and anti-government groups came...

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