Thailand is the most popular tourist destination in South East Asia. That shouldn’t” come as a surprise considering that fact that it has a slice of everything one can ask for. Lush green jungle, crystal blue waters, fantastic food that tingles your taste buds, cheap and affordable, exotic yet modern.
Formerly known, as Siam, Thailand is the only South East Asian country that has never been colonized by European powers. Often referred to as “the land of smiles” this land that has a constitutional monarchy lies 15 degrees north of the Equator. The temperature is tropical and averages between 19-38 degrees centigrade (66-100 F). Though 92% of the people speak Thai, English is spoken and understood throughout much of Thailand.
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand. Those travelling to Thailand for the first time must note that Bangkok is notorious for its traffic jams. While the Thai people are one of the most sweetest and friendly people, please note that some low lives have made scamming tourists an art form.
The official currency of Thailand is called the Thai Bhat. The country is well connected by Air and land transport.
Covers the regions of Chiang Mai, Hill tribes and the Golden Triangle. Mountains and lush countryside surround Chiang Mai. Home to expat it has a cosmopolitan air and definitely much quieter and greener than the capital. The Golden triangle is the intersection of three counties Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. Historically known as an area that cultivated opium, these days however the place thrives on tourist economy and is undoubtedly the largest tourist trap of Thailand.
This region is the underdeveloped part and the poorest part of Thailand. There are no beaches, no temples but should you want to get off the beaten track and explore some great culture and Khymer ruins, Isaan is the place to go. Watch out for the fiery food.
Bangkok the capital cities lies on the Central Plains and most of historic Thailand is on the Central plains.
Comprises seven provinces lying between South Isaan and the Central Plains. The city of Pattaya is the major attraction in this region.
Thailand’s most famous beach resorts lie in this region. The coast line on west faces the Andaman Sea and the coast line on the east faces the Gulf of Thailand.
Thailand is a huge storehouse of natural, cultural and historical attractions. Choose your pick and rest assured that you will have a great time.
Art, Culture and Heritage:
There are about 117 Landmarks and Memorials. 143 Museums, 17 Historical Houses, 138 Historical Sites and Monuments, 39 Art and Craft Centers, 10 Art Galleries, 10 World War 2 sites and 24 Royal Palaces
Places of Worship:
There are 470 Temples, 7 Churches, 8 mosques and 77 other spiritual and religious sites.
Nature and Wildlife:
Among the attractions are 71 Islands, 49 Dams, Reservoirs and Lakes, 148 National Parks and Marine Reserves, 33 Rivers and Canals, 6 Flower fields, 13 Hot Springs, 64 caves, 126 Waterfalls, 120 Beaches and Bay, 3 Diving Sites, 120 Mountain sites and 22 other nature sites.
Spas & Wellness:
Some of the well known spas around Thailand are
(1) Open Eyes in Pattaya
(2) Mae Ka Sa Thermal Bath in Tak
(3) Oasis Spa in Chiang Mai
(4) Oasis Spa Lanna in Chiang Mai
(5) Oasis Spa Pattaya in Chon Buri
(6) Oasis Spa in Bangkok
(7) Oasis Spa Secret Garden in Phuket
(8) Peak Spa also in Chiang Mai.
If this is your pick note that there are 164 Village and Community, 14 Floating markets, and 20 local markets
Recreational & Entertainment:
Has 7 Sports Venues, 47 Zoos and Aquariums, 7 Amusement parks, 12 Theaters, 122 Parks and Gardens, 2 Golf Courses, 18 Outdoor activity & Adventure Sites, 2 Concert venues and 16 Animal Camps and shows.
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