Thailand, the ‘land of smiles’ formerly known as Siam, has a distinctly oriental feeling with its colourful markets and golden temples. This Buddhist nation celebrates its religion everwhere making it profoundly different to the western world.
The gateway and capital city, Bangkok, is a mega-city and yet it comfortably houses 400 year old temples alongside modern day skyscrapers. World-famous Thai cuisine is ever present in the street food scene and chef-hatted restaurants.
The landscapes of Thailand vary markedly. In the south, white sandy beaches and jungle covered islands fringe the azure blue waters of Koh Samui and Phuket. A plethora of water sports can be enjoyed with a touch of history and culture thrown in. Not to mention some of the world’s best spa and wellness retreats to round it off!
Northern Thailand is home to lush tropical rainforest clad mountains, glittering temples and many distinct and colourful ethnic ‘hill tribes’ and villages. Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai both provide a great base from which to discover this rich cultural heartland.
Thailand is vibrant and steeped in history and rich Buddhism culture, a dynamic blend of old and new.