Thailand holidays often centre around cosmopolitan Bangkok and Thailand's regal Grand Palace. Thailand's beautiful southern seas and islands definitely merit some exploration as well. Holiday around northern Chiang Mai for trekking and rafting with Thailand's hill tribes. Culture vultures on holiday in Thailand will love the UNESCO-listed ancient capital, Ayutthaya. Plenty of spicy local cuisine tops the holiday off a treat.
Holidays in Thailand: regions
Holidays usually begin in Bangkok in Thailand's centre, close to Ayutthaya and Kanchanaburi's notorious Bridge over the River Kwai. Holiday in Thailand's north for rugged mountains in the Golden Triangle around Chiang Mai. Head south for beach holidays on stunning islands around the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Coast.
City holidays in Thailand
Wats (temples) litter Thailand and you must see iridescent Wat Arun in Bangkok across the Chao Phraya River from the stunning Grand Palace. Journey to Thailand's north for Chiang Mai's fortified city walls. Thailand's UNESCO-listed ancient capitals, Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, provide a historical slant to many Thai holidays.
Outdoor holidays in Thailand
Island-hop and dive to fully experience Thailand's southern beauty in the Gulf of Thailand or the more secluded Andaman Coast. Go to the mountainous Golden Triangle of Thailand for a holiday of caves and hot springs. Trek with friendly hill tribes and see elephants before following Kanchanaburi's rickety Death Railway to Nam Tok's waterfalls and Hellfire Pass.
Foodie holidays in Thailand
Holidays in Thailand are similar to its food - hot and spicy. Sample subtle southern curries or Chiang Mai's seriously spicy sausage. Your holiday will be a journey into real Thai food, and nowhere is it more authentic than cooked before you on Thailand's streets. Try out a cookery course in Bangkok or just tuck into favourites, like fiery tom yum soup and Pad Thai noodles on a southern island.
Fast Facts - Thailand
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