Thailand Travel Guide

Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand is a country in Southeast Asia with coasts on the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. It borders Myanmar (Burma) to the north-west, Laos to the north-east, Cambodia to the south-east and Malaysia to the south.

With great food, a tropical climate, fascinating culture and great beaches, Thailand is a magnet for travellers the world over.

Thailand is the most popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia, and for a reason. You can find almost anything here: thick jungle as green as can be, crystal blue beaches that feel more like a warm bath than a swim in the ocean and food that can curl your nose hairs while tap dancing across your taste buds. Exotic, yet safe; cheap, yet equipped with every modern amenity you need, there is something for every interest and every price bracket, from beach front backpacker bungalows to some of the best luxury hotels in the world. And despite the heavy flow of tourism, Thailand retains its quintessential Thainess, with a culture and history all its own and a carefree people famed for their smiles and their fun-seeking sanuk lifestyle. Many travelers come to Thailand and extend their stay well beyond their original plans and others never find a reason to leave. Whatever your cup of tea is, they know how to make it in Thailand.

This is not to say that Thailand doesn't have its downsides, including the considerable growing pains of an economy where an agricultural laborer is lucky to earn 100 baht per day while the nouveau riche cruise past in their BMWs, Bangkok, the capital, is notorious for its traffic jams and rampant development has wrecked much of once-beautiful Pattaya and Phuket. In heavily touristed areas, some lowlifes have made scamming tourists into an art form.

Popular Cities in Thailand

Bangkok — Thailand's bustling, frenetic capital
Ayutthaya — a historical city, UNESCO World Heritage Site and old capital of Thailand
Chiang Mai — de facto capital of Northern Thailand and the heart of Lanna culture
Chiang Rai — gateway to the Golden Triangle, ethnic minorities and mountain trekkings
Kanchanaburi — home of the Bridge over the River Kwai and numerous World War II museums
Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat) — largest city of the Isaan region
Pattaya — one of the main tourist destinations, known for its rough nightlife
Sukhothai — Thailand's first capital, still with amazing ruins
Surat Thani — home of the Srivijaya Empire, gateway to Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao
More Popular Destinations in Thailand

Koh Chang — once a quiet island, now undergoing major tourism development
Koh Lipe — small island in the middle of Tarutao National Park, amazingly unspoilt with great reefs and beaches
Koh Pha Ngan — site of the famous Full Moon Party with miles of quiet coastline
Koh Samet — the nearest island beach escape from Bangkok
Koh Samui — comfortable, nature, and entertainment hippie mecca gone upmarket
Khao Sok National Park — one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Thailand
Khao Yai National Park — take a night time jeep safari spotting deer or visit the spectacular waterfalls
Krabi Province — beach and watersports mecca in the South, includes Ao Nang, Rai Leh, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta
Phuket — the original Thai paradise island, now very developed but still with some beautiful beaches
Remark : Ko or Kor means islands , Khao means mountain