Thailand

Quaint farming villages, impressive rice fields, pristine national parks, peaceful Buddhist temples and tropical beaches are only some of what makes Thailand so special.

Thailand brings in about sixteen million tourists a year to experience the vibrant food, beautiful beaches, non-stop nightlife and culture. Phuket remains one of the top hotspots because of its bustling towns next to palm tree-lined beaches and proximity to legendary Thai islands.

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Spas and Wellness Centres

One-time classes and immersive retreats are held at hundreds of temples and wellness centres around Thailand. From yoga to meditation to massage treatment, any visitor can find the right type of mind-body session for every need.

Beautiful Beaches

Thailand is one of the most incredible spots in the world for white sand, limestone, and crystal clear waters. Khao Lak boasts expansive white beaches, while the Phi Phi Islands are home to smaller pristine beaches. 

Cuisine

Traditional Thai food is spicy and sweet. Must-try dishes are Tom Yum Goong, Pad Thai, Tom Yum, salads, green and red curry and sticky rice. And with a perfect balance between upscale restaurants or street vendors, all of this local cuisine is available to travellers on any budget.

Architecture

Thailand is covered in aesthetically pleasing architecture. Although skyscrapers are found in major cities like Bangkok, the traditional styles of wat architecture and Asian design remain strong. The epicentre of this traditional, historic design is found at the three UNESCO cultural sites around Thailand.

About Thailand

  • Fast Facts

    Fast Facts

    Language
    Thai
    Currency
    Thai baht
    Visa Requirements

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  • Must Do's

    Must Do's

    • Phuket Big Buddha - many massive Buddha statues dot the country's landscape, the least of which is the glorious white jade marble Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri in Phuket. When visiting this religious site, it is respectful to dress conservatively.
    • Patong Beach - one of Phuket's beach resort towns, Patong is a family-friendly locale by day and party town by night. The crescent beach faces the Andaman Sea and is lined with sumptuous cafes, restaurants, and massage parlours.
    • Khao Sok National Park - this outrageously beautiful nature reserve is home to a diverse array of wildlife, virgin jungle, and overpowering limestone formations. Once in the Park, visitors are encouraged to walk, hike, canoe, and enjoy other activities.
    • Pattaya Floating Market - ride through the sensory playground that is the floating market. Both sides of the waterfront are packed with all sorts of vendors selling handcrafted fashions, wares, and - most deliciously - food!
  • Family Friendly Activities

    Family Friendly Activities

    • Kayaking in Krabi - the islands of Thailand beg for active adventure, and this one is easy for the entire family to enjoy. Take to the water for a leisurely kayak tour to soak in the best views possible.
    • Phuket Elephant Sanctuary - this elephant sanctuary is the premier ethical sanctuary in Phuket. Children of all ages can observe the majesty of elephants up close and learn a valuable lesson in conservation and protection.
    • Splash Jungle Water Park in Phuket - waterslides, wave pool, swim-up bar... what isn't to love?! This massive water park in Phuket is part of the Grand West Sands resort & Villas, but invites visitors from all over to play.
    • Ang Thong Marine National Park - half of this park is in water, the other half on land. Ang Thong near Koh Samui has countless sights to behold, starting from multi-coloured waters awash in serenity.
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  • Key Festivals and Events

    Key Festivals and Events

    Bangkok International Film Festival (January)

    Bo Sang Umbrella Fair & San Kamphaeng Handicraft (January)

    Chiang Mai Flower Festival (February)

    National Elephant Day (March)

    National Muay Thai Day (March)

    Songkran Festival (April)

    Koh Samui Regatta (May - June)

    Fruit Day in Chantaburi (May - June)

    Hua Hin Jazz Festival (June)

    Bun Luang & Phi Ta Khon Festival (June)

    Asahna Bucha Day (July)

    Yi Peng Lantern Festival, Chiang Mai (November)

    New Year Celebration (31 December - 1 January)

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  • Off the Tourist Trail

    Off the Tourist Trail

    • Sukhothai, UNESCO World Heritage City - this historic landmark is a wonder and is actually one of only three cultural UNESCO sites in all of Thailand. The ruins date back to the 13th and 14th century.
    • Khao Ngon Nak trail (Krabi) - hiking Khao Ngon Nak, or Dragon Crest Mountain, is one of the most fun, active ways to see the views over Krabi. The park entrance is located about 30 minutes from Ao Nang.
    • Shrine of the Serene Light - located in the heart of Phuket Old Town, this mesmerising Chinese shrine hides in plain sight. Known in Thai as Sang Tham Shrine, this religious site is a peaceful place.
    • Kathu Waterfall - one of Phuket's waterfalls, Kathu Waterfall is a natural wonder with multiple pools where you can take a dip with free entry.
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