From Bangkok in the South to the spectacular landscapes and temples of the country's most Northern points Thailand is a country of spectacular beauty and ancient history. It is said that once visited holidaymakers are destined to return.
Although humid all year round Thailand has three major seasons. Hot - March to May. Rain - June to September. Cool - October to February. During the cool season it is still pleasantly warm in the south.
Bangkok is 11 hours from London and 22 hours flight from New York. The major airports are Bangkok's Don Muang International Airport about 25km North of Bangkok and the new Suvarnabhumi Airport. Non stop shuttle buses go between the hotels, railway station and airport. Thai Airways connect from Bangkok to all major cities and tourist areas in Thailand. There are also good bus and coach networks. Cars are available for hire in Bangkok and elsewhere, often with driver if required. Although navigation is relatively easy driving in chaotic Bangkok and in the rest of the country is not always simple due to the lack of attention to traffic laws.
This is a Buddhist country. Modesty is the norm. Dress appropriately in temples. Never touch a person on the head as the head is regarded as sacred. Do not point your feet at people or at religious icons as this is seen as disrespectful.
Bangkok, known as the Venice of The East on account of its canal networks, is a tale of two cities. This huge, bright sprawling city is a thriving, bustling non stop metropolis with over 12 million people but it is also an ancient centre full of beautiful temples and shrines and spectacular history.
Thailand's revered opulent palace was built in 1782. The grounds are open to visitors. Also contains the City Pillar Shrine, from which all distances in Thailand are measured.
Gold encrusted temple of the Emerald Bhudda. Inside the Grand Palace this is the most sacred temple in Thailand. Includes 20ft tall statues of mythical creatures standing guard.
The best place to learn about Thai history. One of the world's best collections of South Asian art. There are free guided tours in English.
The largest temple includes a 150ft sculpture of Buddha covered in gold. The mammoth sculpture includes 10ft feet incorporating the 108 auspicious signs of the Buddha inlaid in mother of pearl.
See elephants in their natural habitats and occasionally performing tricks.
Outlines the history of the ancient Opium trade in the Golden Triangle.
This is the temple you often see on television and in postcards. Known as The Temple Of Dawn it is a spectacular place to watch the sunrise over the river.
One of the most ornate temples in Thailand.
Off the beaten track this spectacular temple includes an impressive entrance past two statues of sea serpents.
Cross a bridge and climb several staircases to the top where you will find unforgettable examples of intricate Khmer art.
Visitors often kayak around majestic pillars of limestone which rise from the sea. One of Thailand's most visited and photographed spots.
Simply one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world and certainly in Asia.
Visit hill tribe villages or hike through dense forest. Includes Thailand's highest mountain.
Kanchanaburu Province - Includes the spectacular Erawan Waterfall, which has seven tiers. You can hike to the top.
The sole mountain at the centre of this park is usually covered in mist. Visitors often hike to the top and enjoy the unforgettable views.
One of the Thailand's most impressive and idyllic beaches.
Known As Island With Sand Like Crushed Crystal. Includes amazing beaches in a pretty half moon bay.
Limestone towers rise from the sea at this spectacular beach.
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