Thailand, a thrilling destination, is known for its tropical beaches, extravagant royal palaces, ancient ruins and beautiful temples displaying figures of Buddha. It is located in the middle of Indochina peninsula and borders with countries like Laos and Cambodia in the East, Myanmar in the North, Andaman Sea in the west and with the Gulf of Thailand in the South of the South East Asian mainland. Thailand, covering an area of 513,120 sq kms, boasts of a wide spectrum of activities starting from ascetic lifestyles of the monks, to the throbbing nightlife for the Insomniacs and enthusiastic parties on the beaches. One can also experience the world popular Thai massages. You can also check out the ancient ruins at places like Ayutthaya and visit the famous tiger temples in Thailand. When visiting Thailand, don't forget to get a fruit platter for yourself. You will find them at every corner of the streets. It is also known for its street food, where you get to taste different kinds of delicacies. Thailand has an estimated population of 67,200,000 people out of which 95% are Thai citizens, 2% are Burmese and 1.3% comprises other groups. While the minority speaks languages like Lao, Islan and Malay are spoken in different provinces; the country's official language is Thai. Thai tourism can be classified under 4 different heads namely;
It is culturally and socially the most significant city in northern Thailand. Chiang Mai precisely means "new city" and has retained the name despite celebrating its 700th anniversary in 1996. The city of Chiang was founded in 1296. There are many historical options for sightseeing in Chiang Mai such as the moat and defensive walls.
There's more to watch and enjoy in Chiang Mai like; trekking, night life, Buddhist sites, and the annual celebration of many Thai festivals like the flower festival held in the month of February and their traditional New Year also called Songkran, celebrated in mid April.
Bangkok Bangkok is Thailand's capital city also known as the "City of Angels" to the locals. It is among the world's top tourist destinations. It is Asia's one of the most cosmopolitan cities. It harbors magnificent temples, exotic food, busy markets and vibrant nightlife, that attracts many tourists across the globe. But its history says that it was originally a small hamlet on the western banks of the Chao Phraya River. Bangkok is considered as the gateway to the South East Asian countries and is usually scheduled as a stopover between cities, but to fully enjoy the wonders of this intoxicating city, you'll need more than a couple of days. And this city has something for everyone. Bangkok is also famous for its street food like the hot dogs, seafood snacks, and noodle soup. Bangkok has a population of around 8,280,925. Best time to visit Bangkok is October to March.
The places that you can explore in Bangkok are;
Located 160 km south east of Bangkok, Pattaya is one of the most admired countries in Asia with its delightful culture and stunning sandy beaches. Pattaya is also recognized among one of the world's top beach destinations. This place is famous for its varied nightlife, received the nickname, "the naughty sister of Bangkok".
The places that you can explore in Pattaya are;
● Pattaya Floating Market
● Nong Nooch Village
● Sanctuary of Truth
● Underwater World Pattaya
● Naklua Beach Resort
You can even indulge in adventure sports like;
● Water Rides
● Scuba Diving
Phuket is the largest island of Thailand, often refered as the "Pearl of the Andaman Sea". It is famous for colourful Chinese history and heritage. It is a wonderful place with islands, clear blue sea and varied temples. Destination Phuket is never complete without visiting the Big Buddha and delicious Thai cuisines like Por Pia and Mee Hokkien. The perfect time to visit Phuket is between December and March.
The places that you can explore in Phuket are;
● Karon View Point
● Racha Islands
● Rang Hill and Big Buddha
● Wat Chalong
● Acqua Restaurant
● Phi Phi Islands
You can eat at world class restaurants like;
● Kota Khao Man Gai
● Mom Triís Kitchen
● The Black Crab Floating Resturant
● Le Versace
Phi Phi Island
A group of 6 islands, located near Phuket Island, lies within the territory of Thailand. Out of the 6 islands, Phi Phi Don is the biggest. This island is inhabited by around 3000 people. Phi Phi Lee is popular as it brings the archipelago on the tourism map. The history of this island suggest that it was been inhabited since the prehistoric times. You will find exotic foods here. The other islands are; Mai Phai, Yung, Bida Nok and Bida Nai. The best time to visit this island group is December to April.
One can indulge in various recreational activities like;
● Scuba Diving
● Hiking in forest hills
● Rock climbing
Koh Samui is Thailand's second biggest island after Phuket and most popular holiday destinations. The clear crystal waters create a center of attention for divers and are also considered as one of the safest and snorkeling destinations in the world. This island is also famous for shopping and dining. Festivals are of great significance on this island.
Some of their popular festivals are;
● Chinese New Year in February
● Festival of Light (Loi Krathong) in November
● Thai New Year (Songkran) in April
The ideal time to visit Koh Samui islands is between December and May, when the weather is pleasant with litghly humid and cool winds blowing across the islands. Nightlife is awesome in Koh Samui. If you ever visit the city, donít forget to hang out at night. It has plenty of beach clubs.
The attractions of Koh Samui are;
● Silver Beach
● Wat Plai Laem
● Wat Khunaram
● Chaweng Beach
● Snake Farm
● Butterfly Garden
● Nathon (seafront settlement)
● Namtok Hin Lat (waterfall)
● Ban Lipa Yai
● Scuba Diving
● Elephant Trekking At Na Muang Waterfall
● Kayaking At Angthong National Park
● Snorkeling In Koh Tao
The places for dine out locations in Koh Samui are;
● Barracuda Restaurant
● La Boudoir
● Red Snapper
● Kob Restaurant