Bangkok is a city of extremes where ancient traditions hold sway and contemporary consumerism runs rampant.
This kingdom of enchantments remains Southeast Asia’s premier destination for vacation takers. Blessed with picturesque peaks in the north, idyllic islands in the south, and Bangkok, the kinetic capital in between, the country continues to astonish. Into the bargain, Thailand remains affordable. For visitors the crime rate is low and the fun factor is high. To top it off, Thais are an amiable and tolerant people who know how to have a good time and play it cool even when tempers and temperatures are rising. Another of the country’s allures is the array of activities on offer, from scuba diving and trekking to spa visits and meditation courses, from hedonistic nightlife to family-friendly theme parks. Thailand’s strength is in its diversity and affordability, combined with old-world customs and a high-tech infrastructure with mega-malls and cutting-edge clubs in the capital that function as comfort zones for travelers from richer destinations.
Beaches, Temples, Food, Shopping, Spas, Eco-tourism
WHEN TO GO
Thailand’s tropical climate is divided into three seasons that could be called hot, very hot, and pretty hot with a chance of rain. How they boil down is like this. From November to early February is the cooler and most hospitable season. The sweltering season, with temperatures rising to 35-Celsius plus, runs from February to April, while the soggy season goes from around June to October (September tends to the rainiest month). Even the low season attracts many visitors, drawn by the cheaper prices for accommodations, the less crowded beaches and museums, and the moody beauty of the surroundings when even the rainclouds have silver linings of sunshine.
Known as the “northern rose,” Thailand’s second largest city continues to bloom. Apart from the mountain views right from the city, reminiscent of Hong Kong or Vancouver, the city has become a focal point of arts and fashion, antiques and handicrafts.
Closely associated with the Thai Royal Family, the town is an immense historical and cultural center of Thailand with a wealth of attractions including sun-kissed beaches, vast national parks and eye-popping palaces.
One of the most popular island destinations in the region, Ko Samui’s palm-fringed beaches, virgin forests and extremely friendly natives are tourist magnets...
Often used as a launchpad by tourists to jettison to other island destinations in the south of Thailand, Krabi is a quiet, charming coastal town with its own beautiful attractions in the form of clean beaches, cavernous caves and beautiful waterfalls...
One of the region’s biggest boomtowns, Pattaya has come a long way from its traditional beginnings as a small fishing village...