Friendly and fun loving, exotic and tropical, cultured and historic, Thailand radiates a golden hue from its glittering temples and tropical beaches. Your memories of Thailand will be ever-comforting.
In between the cluttered cities and towns is the rural heartland, which is a mix of rice paddies, tropical forests and squat villages tied to the agricultural clock. In the north, the forests and fields bump up against toothy blue mountains decorated with silvery waterfalls. In the south, scraggy limestone cliffs poke out of the landscape like prehistoric skyscrapers. The northeast emits an emerald hue during the rainy season when tender green rice shoots carpet the landscape.
The celestial world is a close confidant in this Buddhist nation, and religious devotion is colourful and ubiquitous. Gleaming temples and golden Buddhas frame both the rural and modern landscape. Visitors can take part in meditation retreats in Chiang Mai, religious festivals in north-eastern Thailand, or visit underground cave shrines in Kanchanaburi and Phetchaburi.
With a long coastline (actually, two coastlines) and jungle-topped islands anchored in azure waters, Thailand is a tropical getaway for the hedonist and the hermit. This paradise offers the possibility of surfing and diving with whale sharks off Ko Tao, scaling the sea cliffs of Krabi, partying on Ko Phi Phi, and recuperating at a health resort on Ko Samui.
In Thailand, there’s a sense of freedom, a sensory overload, whether you are visiting a morning market or spending the night out in Bangkok.