Thailand is like no other place in the world. Whether you’re coming from North America, Europe, Asia or Africa, ‘Amazing Thailand’ or the ‘Land of Smiles’ is the perfect destination whether it is purely for leisure, business or as an incentive destination. Visitors to Thailand discover a friendly, refreshing, safe and beautiful country. As you probably already know, Thailand is often featured in the top ten of the world’s best holiday destination, best beach, top culture, sightseeing, food and wine destination lists… and rightly so!
Thailand is the heart of Southeast Asia and Buddhism is the prevailing religion. The capital city, Bangkok, functions as a global travel hub with a one of the busiest international airports in the world. Despite the recent dramas and political unrest, Thailand remains a very friendly and safe place to travel to for a dream holiday.
The currency here is the Thai baht (THB) and with current exchange rates you get a tremendous bang for your baht in Thailand.
Thailand is not as rough and ready as Cambodia, Myanmar or Laos, but it's also not like Singapore either. You will find the urban and tourist centres are very well developed and in the countryside there is a much slower pace and little development, therefore you can experience international standards for a vacation in Phuket, Koh Samui and the developing provinces of Krabi and Koh Phangan. The road structure on the Thailand mainland is excellent which enables traveller to visit the more rural and cultural areas of the north.
Southern Thailand stretches down towards Malaysia with two long beautiful coastlines where tall palms angle over pearlescent sand and is a tropical getaway for the hedonist and the hermit, the prince and the pauper, with verdant islands, azure diving waters and dense rubber plantations.
This area of Thailand also has numerous islands, the most fondly spoken of are Koh Samui and Koh Phangan which can be found just a short journey off the east coast and are popular tourist destinations for families and groups of friends with the increasing number of luxury villas being built. They are two of the newest tourist destinations discovered by the backpackers in the 70’s. Originally the main industry on the islands was coconut oil exportation and the majority of the inhabitants were fisherman, however tourism has now taken over as a thriving industry.
The ever popular island of Phuket and Krabi on the other side of the Andaman Sea with it's 154 islands including the famous Koh Pi Phi share the amazing boat tours to these islands as well as the stunning scenery at Khao Lak and Phang Nga to the north. As well as boat services an excelllent road system connects Phuket with the Krabi coast in approximately 2 hours and luxury villa holidays are increasingly popular.
Gleaming temples and golden Buddhas frame both the rural and modern landscape with exuberance. Ancient banyan trees are ceremoniously wrapped in sacred cloth to honour the resident spirits, fortune-bringing shrines decorate humble noodle houses as well as monumental malls.
Try to get off the tourist trail if time affords as the old style countryside remains its biggest draw card.
Find out more about Amazing Thailand from the Thailand Tourist Authority.
Read more about things to do in Thailand on the Thailand Retreats blog or visit the Thailand Tourism Authority
Thailand Retreats do not organise flights, but recommend the following flight operators:
Direct flights To Bangkok or Singapore - Thai airways, British Airways, Eva Air and Singapore Airlines
Flights via Dubai and Abu Dhabi - Emirates and Etihad
Flights from Singapore to Phuket, Koh Samui and Krabi - Tiger Air Bangkok airways SilkAir
Domestic flights from Bangkok to Koh Samui, Phuket and Krabi - Bangkok airways
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