Thailand is a very popular travel destination, with tourists from different parts of the world visiting here every year. It is no surprise that it became a top choice among seasoned and newbie travelers. The warm and friendly tropical climate, the magnificent mountains, the captivating culture, and the romantic beaches allow for Thailand to be on everyone's bucket list.
In and around Thailand
The Kingdom of Thailand is located in Southeast Asia, and is bordered by Laos to the northeast, Myanmar to the northwest, Malaysia to the south, and by Cambodia to the southeast. Tourists coming from the neighboring Asian countries or from other parts of the world can fly to the main international airports found in Bangkok and Phuket. There are also international airports located at Chiang Mai, Krabi and Ko Samui for those who would rather veer away from the traffic in the main airports.
Apart from its many charms and treasures, perhaps one of the main reasons that draws people to Thailand is the convenience of traveling there without a visa, as the country has visa-free policies for many countries in the world, including Australia, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, United States, Philippines, and South Korea.
Learn more about the Thai heritage
Anyone interested to know more about the colorful and rich ancient Thai history will find invaluable pieces of Thai history in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites found in its former capitals of Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, and Siam, as well as those found in Kamphaeng Phet and Si Satchanalai. Those who rather learn about recent Thai history, on the other hand, will find very interesting World War II related sites in Kanchanaburi, starting with the Bridge over River Kwai and the many captivating museums in the vicinity.
What's in it for you
Nearly every town in Thailand has a wat or a temple, and it ought to be a very worthwhile activity for every traveler who ventured here to visit at least a few of these renowned temples. Start with Wat Phra Kaew in the Grand Palace of Bangkok, which is considered the most sacred of the Thailand Buddhist temples and houses the Emerald Buddha. Not only will these temples fascinate the visitors to no end with their charm, and beautiful colors and architecture, these wats will also give the travelers a glimpse of Thailand's Buddhist faith. Other similar attractions that are sure to captivate any tourist's attention include Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and Wat Doi Suthep found in Chiang Mai.
Be a beachcomber for a day
The beautiful and idyllic beaches and islands are probably the biggest crowd-drawers of Thailand. In fact, millions of people from different parts of the globe come here at different times of the year to enjoy the sun and the surf, frolic on shore, and swim in the magnificent blue water. The oldest of these Thai beach resorts is found in Hua Hin, discovered by no less than King Rama VII in the 1920's while the lovely beaches of Phuket, Pattaya, and Ko Samui were discovered in the 1970's and are now considered the most developed beach resorts in the country. Not to be outshone are the equally stunning beaches found at Rai Leh, Ko Lanta, and what is also drawing more crowds in recent years, the beach paradise of Ko Phi Phi.
Those who simply love spending hours on end lying on the beach will also find it a very pleasant experience to visit the beaches found in Ko Chang, Ko Kut and the highly populated beach of Ko Samet.
A trip on a Tuk-tuk
What is a great Thailand vacation without experiencing a ride on the famous tuk-tuk's. Explore the main thoroughfares, as well as the secret alleyways and narrow roads of Thailand through this vehicle, and experience what it is like to live like a local first hand. Primarily, the name denotes a wide array of small and lightweight vehicles, but the majority of them have three wheels. A four wheel tuk-tuk has also been developed recently and can now be found traversing the streets of Phuket.
Spa and pampering
Thailand has become one of the most popular spa destinations in the world. More than merely a relaxing physical treatment, Thai massage is a delicious combination of reflexology, accupressure, yoga, and an assortment of philosophical and psychological beliefs. It is also a showcase of Thailand's extensive knowledge on herbal properties and natural remedies. Indeed, a Thai massage is something that must not be missed by anyone who ventures into this attractive country, and it is only fitting that you can find spas and wellness centers throughout the country, giving any tourist the opportunity to experience their luxurious services before they fly back home.