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Thailand has an embarrassment of riches: history, culture, scenery, wildlife, great food and an incredible nightlife. It’s hard to believe that glistening golden temples sit right next to modern skyscrapers, but this is just one of the many things that give Thailand its unique edge over other destinations. For a sense of Thailand’s history, visit Bangkok’s Grand Palace. It was built in 1782 for the King of Siam. It’s ornate and intricately built and is now home to a museum where you can learn a little about Thai culture.
If you want to relax and indulge in some of the world’s most affordable luxury resorts – head for the coast, or one of Thailand’s 100s of islands. One of our favourite spots for a chill out is Khao Lak in Phang Nga province, with its beautiful beaches, turquoise waters, and laid-back beach bars. If you’re looking for a beach spot with a bit more energy, head to Koh Samui – it has a fantastic nightlife scene & plenty of things to do and see.
Religion plays an important part in Thai culture, as evidenced by the 1000s of stunning ‘Wats’ & Pagodas littered around the country. Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok is a great place to discover more about Buddhism and the role it plays in everyday life. It’s the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, so be prepared to be impressed.
Thai food is loved around the world, but for the genuine article go to the street stalls of Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Typical ingredients include lemongrass, hot chillies and whichever protein is freshest at the time, all cooked in the traditional style – combining spicy, sweet, salty and sour flavours in the most mouth-watering way.
For those who like to get lost and experience somewhere lesser-known, head to Isaan province in the east. An area chronically bypassed by most tourists. It’s Thailand’s poorest region and it’s infrastructure reflects this – so be prepared. Isaan is all about authenticity, unusual cuisine and temples, lots of them. Isaan is home to the largest number of Khmer style temples outside of Cambodia, and unlike it’s neighbour, you’ll likely have them all to yourself to explore.
Thailand has a lot to offer its visitors. Inside its cities you’ll discover world heritage sites, modern monuments and tall skyscrapers. In its countryside, you’ll find small farming and fishing villages, dramatic landscapes and a sense of peace you just don’t get in the busy city. And, the famed beauty of its islands and beaches needs no further comment.
You need to be willing to do some exploring to discover it all, so it’s a great place to start your Eastern adventure.
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