Thailand may perhaps nearly have been planned with holidays in mind, so blessed is the country with attraction from full of life modern cities to golden tropical beaches. It’s a eminently welcoming country thanks to the notorious warmth of the Thai people it’s known as ‘The Land of Smiles’.
The capital city Bangkok is vibrant. Roads are filled with cars and noisy tuk tuks, roadways are packed full with rickety food stalls and shrines are loaded with fragrant flowers. North of Bangkok, Kanchanaburi offers a green escape with mountains, rivers and WWII sites as well as the famous Bridge over the River Kwai. The subsiding Wats (a monastery-temple in Thailand, Cambodia or Laos. The term is borrowed from Sanskrit vāṭa "enclosure") and palaces at Ayutthaya, formerly the royal capital of The Siamese Kingdom, generate an atmospheric insight into this once-magnificent city. The beach resorts of Phuket and Koh Samui offer world-class hotels, luxury spas, chic boutiques and posh restaurants. Less-visited Krabi’s shoreline is scattered with limestone cliffs and peaks which ascend steeply out of the turquoise sea, offering infinite chances for snorkeling, diving and rock-climbing.
In the north Chiang Mai is surrounded by hills and demonstrates its distinct Lanna legacy through architecture, cuisine and handicrafts. Chiang Mai, known as Thailand’s cultural center, is home to wood carvers, silk weavers and artists. Its hushed neighbor, Chiang Rai, is an outstanding support for visiting cultural minorities in isolated villages. Not far away is the renowned Golden Triangle, the earlier center of opium growing in this border vicinity. The Buddhist religion, Thai cooking classes, and traditional Thai massages are popular interests of travelers.