Thailand has been captivating the imagination of holiday-makers from around the world for years. An exotic landscape lined with sugary soft sand, leading into lush sweeping jungles, misty mountains and dotted with bold, exciting cities that shimmer with sacred temples. It’s no wonder Thailand has retained its nickname as ‘The Land of Smiles’. The diversity of things to do and the ease at which you can get around make it a must see.
If you’re dreaming about which destination is right for your next holiday, here’s 9 reasons we think Thailand should be high on your list!
From Bangkok’s celebrated fine dining scene, to sizzling street food vendors, a visit to Thailand is a culinary adventure. Journey through a world of spicy soups, sweetly marinated meats, hot and sour curry with fresh shrimps and mouth-smackingly-salty tofu. And that’s just one tasting plate. The extraordinary flavours are never ending. Don’t miss tucking into a freshly prepared Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum) or a tangy Tom Yam soup with shrimps.
If history and culture floats your boat, you’ll be in your element wherever you go in Thailand. With no less than 30,000 temples across the landscape, you’ll have your pick of giant, golden Buddhas and shining, sacred buildings to explore. Adventure-seekers could venture north to Chiang Rai, home to the artist Chalermchai Kositpipat’s stunning White Temple. Alternatively, an enthralling day can be spent wandering Bangkok’s oldest and largest temple, Wat Pho. Brace yourself for the jaw-dropping sight of the enormous reclining Buddha.
By far the most memorable part of any trip is the people you meet. Thai hospitality bursts with a welcoming, helpful and kind vibe that’s unmatched around the world. Thailand’s polite, shy-natured locals, famous for their radiant smiles, are the reason travellers return to this beautiful country time and time again. You’re sure to return home with a multitude of special new friends.
Ever fancied going deeper into the watery world below the glittering surface of the ocean? Thailand’s Andaman Sea has a rich mix of incredible marine life and colourful coral to explore. This calm ocean has exceptionally clear waters, making it a popular destination for diving beginners looking to dip their toe in for the first time. And what a sea of dreams it is to start with.
Shopping addicts can get lost for days amongst the malls and markets of Bangkok’s jam-packed retail regions. Expert tailors are on hand to create stylish suits or unique dresses, at eye-wateringly affordable prices. In the north of Thailand, Chiang Mai’s night market is a never-ending shopper’s paradise. Wind around bustling streets, discovering a treasure trove of jewellery, clothes and handcrafted souvenirs along the way. The traders here are ready to negotiate, so don’t forget to wear your haggling hat.
Champagne white sands and warm turquoise waters, Thailand’s beaches are tropical paradise beyond your wildest dreams. Hop around the magical mix of islands to discover everything from wild parties to serene deserted stretches of undisturbed sand. Easy to reach from Bangkok, Phuket is a favourite for any beach getaway. Offering exceptional luxury at incredible prices, it’s also a gateway to many of the stunning islands.
Soothe your mind and revitalise tired muscles at the healing hands of world experts in wellbeing. Many of Thailand’s beautiful hotels and resorts include a Spa as part of their offering. Or if you’re really feeling the need for a lift in spirit, there are some sensational wellness retreats available. Go home feeling like a new person inside and out.
Bustling Bangkok is known as one of South East Asia’s buzziest cities. Fabulous for foodies, a labyrinth of shopping delights and an eclectic nightlife is just a taster of this city’s charm. Watch the mad mopeds from the sky at one of the glittering new roof top bars. Sky Bar in the Lubua Hotel is an unmissable sight. Famously featured in The Hangover Part II, this bar is a favourite amongst the stars and a perfect setting for a Kumquat Mojito as the sun go down.
When it comes to luxury, Thailand really knows what it’s doing. From the leafy tropical garden paradise of Banyan Tree Phuket, to The Vijitt Resort’s chic romantic beach hideaway. Phuket is home to many of these fabulous retreats, and is a perfect destination for your first encounter with this happy Land of Smiles.