Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia and when you spend some time there it is easy to see why. It is a beguiling country that can feel at times like a bit of a hedonistic whirl and can leave your head spinning. The assault on the senses can be thrilling, but Thailand is not all about this flashy and fast-paced tourist image. Head out just short distances from the major cities and resorts and you will find a country with plenty of relaxed pastoral charm and oodles of serene natural beauty to enjoy. This is the calm everyday life still lived by many Thai people, who have retained their Buddhist faith and strong cultural identity in spite of the tourist deluge.
Visit Thailand for Islands, Beaches & Resorts
The Thai islands, for example, very much offer something for everyone, from the hedonist's heaven on some of the party-oriented islands, to family-friendly, picture-perfect resorts, to idyllic island escapes that offer solitude and serenity in spades.
Options include a visit to Phuket, the Phi Phi Islands, Pa Tong, Krabi, Phang Na, the Sililan Islands, and the Koh Lanta Yai archipelago, and these are just some of the truly stunning and enticing destinations for beaches and resorts of all kinds, catering to a wide range of different tastes.
Visit Thailand for Culture & History
History lovers will be fascinated by the ancient religious sites, former capitals and other ruined antiquities that are found in abundance throughout the country, while those seeking spirituality will certainly find it in this country where more than three quarters of people are still practising Buddhists. You are unlikely to be able to to visit all of the many temples here during your stay but a visit to some of the most highly esteemed examples is one of the country's essentials.
Bangkok boasts the Grand Palace and other attractions. But Northern Thailand, composed of Mae Hong Son Province, Chiang Mai Province, Chiang Rai Province and the Northern River Valleys is even better for culture and history lovers. Here you will not often find the crowds that you will find in Bangkok and to the southern islands of the country. This is a land of ancient cultures, historic cities, rugged mountains, vast, dense jungles and tranquil valleys that have changed little over the last century. If you are looking for natural beauty, cultural attractions, spiritual peace and authenticity then you should be sure to travel to these less visited northern reaches of the country.
Visit Thailand for Natural Beauty
From the islands, sandy beaches and idyllic Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand to the south, to the lush dense jungles and the mountains of the north, the Thai landscape inspires awe with every sun-drenched vista. While some places are very much the epitome of the mass tourism industry, there are still plenty of hidden gems where you can almost feel that you are the first to discover their magical charms.
Forest treks beneath monkey-clad trees, elephant rides through Khao Yai National Park or down rivers in lush valleys take you to some of the more remote regions of the country and are perfect for revelling in the country's natural beauty.