Thailand is an amazing destination offering its visitors fabulous food, dazzling scenery and over 2,000 miles of incredible coastline. And of course, the welcoming nature of the Thai people is what gives Thailand its nickname as The Land of Smiles, and this is what makes people travel back time and time again.
There is a whole host of landscapes to be enjoyed. From the jungle regions of the north, to the bustling city of Bangkok in the centre, to the idyllic islands and beaches in the south; there really is something for everyone. For first-time visitors, combining all of these regions is a great way to experience all that Thailand has to offer.
Known for its cooler climate and abundance of wildlife, northern Thailand is an ideal destination for those looking to spot Thailand’s national animal, the elephant. Ethical elephant sanctuaries offer visitors the chance to view elephants in their natural surroundings and learn about the historical connection Thailand has with these incredible animals. Travel south and discover some of Thailand’s marine wildlife in one of the many Marine National Parks. Boat trips off the coast give you the opportunity to spot the dugong (also known as the sea cow) native to Trang and the pink dolphin native to Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Dotted throughout the country are some fascinating historical locations including the ancient city of Ayutthaya and the historic World War II sites of Kanchanaburi which is home to the Bridge on the River Kwai. Ayutthaya and Kanchanaburi can both be visited on day trips from Bangkok to add another dimension to a Thai holiday.
As around 95% of Thai people are Buddhist, temples can be found throughout Thailand and are spectacular to say the least. Whether you choose to visit the Grand Palace or visit a smaller, local temple, you will be amazed at the architecture and the care that goes into preserving these fascinating structures. Thailand’s spirituality touches its visitors and there are constant reminders of the Buddhist faith throughout the country, making it an ideal spot for a wellness holiday. Meditation, healing and wellness retreats are on offer in all regions of the country and are a great way to experience the Thai culture.
Luxury experiences are in abundance whether you choose to stay in an eco-friendly treehouse villa, atop a skyscraper in the city or spend a week at a yoga retreat. Luxury holidays can come in other forms too – you can have an enriching experience by taking part in community based tourism. Travel off the beaten track and stay in a local village to immerse yourself in local traditions, learn about the culture and take part in cookery and craft activities.
Part of experiencing Thailand’s culture is of course the food. If you’re travelling around the country, you’ll see the variations in cuisine and get to try the different dishes native to each region. If you’re starting or ending your holiday in Bangkok, make sure you pay a visit to Jay Fai, a street food vendor famous for having a Michelin star.
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