Situated just to the north of Indonesia, Thailand is a destination which attracts numerous visitors each year. It’s especially popular with those who are looking to experience the rich culture that the country has to offer. With the peak-season for holidays in Thailand fast approaching – the warmest and driest weather being between February and May – now is the time to book your trip here if you haven’t done so already.
A highly relaxing atmosphere makes Thailand a common choice for those looking somewhere to go on honeymoon, though it is slowly becoming more popular as a holiday destination for those looking to go further afield than the usual Mediterranean resorts.
And of course, as the status of Thai food grows in Western societies, it has become something of a draw for those looking to experience the authentic delicacies of this part of the world.
Thailand has numerous resorts which all offer a different perspective of this fascinating country. Let’s take a look at some of the options for places to visit.
With a main centre known for its hustle and bustle party atmosphere, you’ll also be able to find some tranquil beaches and incredible scenery in this area, which means that your time here can be as varied as you want it to be.
The nightlife in Phuket is a big draw for many, with its loud clubs and bars growing in numbers all the time. Then there are the famous roadside eateries which offer traditional Thai cuisine, and the incredible seafood restaurants which provide the freshest catches of the day.
If you are looking for stunning beaches then this is also one of the best places to go. The area is home to the Phang Nga bay, made famous on the Leonardo di Caprio film The Beach.
This is a great alternative for those looking to experience Thailand but perhaps want a more serene experience than the one found in Phuket. Whilst there are plenty of entertainment options to be found on the island – the third largest in Thailand – it also appeals to families and couples who want some peace and quiet.
With stunning beaches across the island, one must-visit location is Ang Thong National Marine Park – an area of about 40 small islands containing small lagoons. There’s also the Na Muang waterfall, which although requires a bit of a walk is a simply stunning site.
With clear blue waters, the seas off Ko Samui are some of the best diving territories in Thailand, so if this is your kind of thing then paying a trip here will be well worth your while.
If you’re not looking for a beach holiday per se or if you want to divide your time in Thailand between a beach and city breaks, then paying a visit to the island’s capital Bangkok should be on your agenda.
Split between old and new, the city has two very distinct parts to it. The ancient part of the city is considered one of the largest open-air ‘museums’ in the world containing over 100 monuments and temples. The newer part is built to the highest specifications of any 21st century city, with huge skyscrapers and great shopping experiences aplenty.
Bangkok has some of the best eating experiences on earth, particularly those found in the roadside eateries where traditional Thai food is prepared and served to passers-by. Most eating here is an informal affair, though it’s still possible to sit down and enjoy a meal if this is what you are looking for.
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