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The magical country of Thailand contains undiscovered delights and stunning surprises around almost every corner, offering a holiday experience in a world like no other. As the only country in South East Asia never to be colonised, this ancient nation has retained its unique and fascinating culture.
Thailand appeals to travellers of every variety, offering one the most diverse array of holiday experiences in the world. From romantic getaways in luxury beach hotels, to backpacking through the beautiful wilderness or partying in the cosmopolitan cities, Thailand has a holiday experience for everyone.
A visit to Thailand is usually introduced by Bangkok, the modern capital situated in the country’s central region. This bustling metropolis is a strange blend of modern chaos, international sensibilities and traditional heart.
Bangkok is one of Asia’s most intoxicating capitals, both chaotic and enthralling with bustling streets and sumptuous cuisine. There’s something for everyone in this electrifying city, be it shopping culture, wonderful museums, or dynamic nightlife.
The northern region of Thailand is dominated by a vast mountain range, where hill tribes flourish and life goes by at a slower pace. Dense jungles and spectacular landscapes provide a wonderful escape for those with a penchant for adventuring.
The beach islands and resorts around Thailand’s coastline are places of mind-altering beauty where luxury 5 star hotels are dotted along the stunning bays of emerald and azure. Each island has its own charm and character, offering quite different, but equally unforgettable experiences.
Hua Hin is the favourite holiday destination of the Thai people, including the Royal family themselves. This tropical paradise is the perfect place to unwind, with world-class resorts and spas, sugar sand beaches and some excellent golf courses.
Nicknamed the 'Pearl of the South', Phuket is Thailand’s largest island covering some 810 square km. Tropical vegetation, long sandy beaches, limestone cliffs and forested hills make Phuket a outstanding holiday location. Experts in hospitality, there is no shortage of things to see and do. An upsurge in tourism has brought about huge growth to the island, but this development has generally been well thought out so the natural beauty of the island has not been compromised, with plenty of secluded areas to explore.
Phuket is the perfect place for both relaxation and exploration. Patong is the most developed of the beaches with water sports restaurants and bars as well as lively nightlife and great shopping.
Koh Samui is a tropical paradise and Thailand’s third largest island offering a wide selection of restaurants and bars with beautiful beaches. Discover the island’s ancient Buddhist temples and artefacts or visit the butterfly farm and the cascading Hin Lat Falls. For further exploration of the natural beauty, visit Ang Tong Maine National Park made up of a number of smaller islands with coral reefs and rock formations.
Located on the banks of the Ping River Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest city and ancient capital. The city is famed for its stunning scenery, historical monuments and rich culture. There’s plenty to do here including, bargain hunting at the bustling Night Bazaar or exploring the lush surroundings, fertile valleys and towering mountains atop an elephant
Nestled in Phang-Nga National Marine Park on Thailand’s west coast, Krabi is a more low-key and relaxed holiday destination, offering an authentic taste of Thailand. The area is the perfect location for enjoying a wide range of water sports, particularly yachting scuba diving and snorkelling.
Located southeast of Bangkok, this exuberant beachside location is buzzing with excitement and activity. Pattaya offers a wide range of activities by day and a truly vibrant atmosphere at night. A great range of restaurants, golf courses and water sports makes this a great all-round holiday resort.
Of course, no introduction to Thailand would be complete without mentioning the Thai people themselves. Friendly and easygoing, the Thais have an infectious, happy-go-lucky attitude to life and smiling faces are the lasting memory of many visitors to this amazing country.
Explore:- Bangkok will welcome you with gleaming skyscrapers and historical temples. For some insight into the country’s rich cultural history, visit the ornate Grand Palace and discover hundreds of decadent temples and shrines. There is simply so much to do here including a visit to the Floating Markets, a ride on the famous tuk-tuks or exploring some of the city’s wild nightlife. The list of possibilities is endless. Visit the Bridge Over The River Kwai Take a fascinating trip to this world-famous site, containing the infamous bride and Death Railway built by prisoners of war during World War II. The nearby cemetery and JEATH War Museum are stark reminders of the true horrors of War. Visit the Ancient Capital Travel north to Chiang Mai, Thailand's second-largest city and a perfect base for exploring some of the region's marvellous ancient temples, hill tribes and the Golden Triangle. The Doi Suthep temple is some 300 steps up and provides stunning panoramic views of the city and the magnificent surrounding areas.
Outdoor Adventures:- The Khao Sok National Park in southern Thailand, with its dripping rainforest covers majestic limestone formations laced with sparkling streams and waterfalls, is the perfect setting for an outdoor adventure. Adventurers can trek, climb swing and ride their way through the wilderness, while staying in tree houses or on bamboo raft houses. For cheap holidays to Thailand from Ireland, last minute sun package holiday deals to Thailand, and all inclusive sun holiday packages from Ireland, book with Budget Travel.