The Thais have been welcoming guests to their friendly kingdom for centuries, and while this ancient civilisation has blossomed into a vibrant modern nation, genuine hospitality and a warm welcome remain very much a part of travelling in Thailand.
Situated in the geographical heart of South East Asia, Thailand continues to be among the world’s most popular travel destinations. This can be seen in the fact that around half of those who visit Thailand for a holiday are return visitors; people just can’t get enough of the aptly named Land of Smiles where the sights and sounds are as wondrous as they are varied.
There’s something for everyone in Thailand. From the glistening temples, world-class shopping and captivating hustle and bustle of Bangkok to the ancient ruins of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya to the stunningly beautiful southern islands and beaches to the awe-inspiring religious architecture and fascinating culture and heritage found everywhere, Thailand is unsurpassed.
The northern mountains and valleys around Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son make up a mystical landscape of rolling hills dotted with tea plantations, beautiful cloud gardens, hilltribe villages and elephant sanctuaries.
The world-famous beaches of southern Thailand offer clear blue azure waters and bright white sand softer than snow. With almost 3,000 km of coastline, there are various different beach destinations each offering their own distinct character and atmosphere – Koh Lanta, Koh Lipe, Krabi, Khao Lak, Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Chang to name just a few.
And what makes it all even better, the weather is great year-round. The winter months of November to January bring cooler temperatures while February to May is the summer/hot season and June to October the wet season, when occasional monsoon rains see nature blossom with abundant rice fields and landscapes of lush green.
Enjoying global popularity as one of the world’s most popular cuisines, Thai food is a mouth-watering element of any visit to Thailand thanks to its scintillating flavours, astounding variety and aesthetic appeal. Thai cuisine is essentially a marriage of centuries-old Eastern and Western influences harmoniously combined into something that is uniquely Thai.
The regional diversity of Thai food varies due to a combination of climate, geography, culture, history and ethnicities of each region. Characteristics of various Thai dishes depend on who cooks it, for whom it is cooked, for what occasion and where it is cooked. Dishes can be refined and adjusted to suit all palates, from chilli-hot to comparatively bland.
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