Thailand is the kind of place one can easily picture in a daydream, but nothing can prepare you for the reality. The beaches are whiter, the sea is clearer, the forests are more verdant and the cities are wilder than even the most creative dreamer could imagine.
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When most of its South East Asian neighbours became colonies of one European power or another, Thailand stood firm and remained proudly independent. Perhaps that is why visitors still receive a genuinely warm welcome today. The modern country has everything you could want, from Bangkok’s legendary turbocharged nightlife and bargain tailors to the divine islands.
Thailand’s islands offer mile after mile of pristine beaches, where coconut trees sway lazily in the breeze and life moves at a gentle pace. During the cool season, from November until the end of February, temperatures between the mid twenties and low thirties (Centigrade) are typical, along with refreshingly low humidity. Just off the coast, you will find some of the most spectacular diving sites in the world; Koh Similans, Rasha Yai, Burma Banks and Koh Surin in the Andaman Sea off Phuket Island are considered among the finest.
The “Golden Triangle”, near the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos was once crisscrossed by ancient opium routes, and is now a glorious nature reserve which feels like the very edge of civilisation. Trekking through the jungle, you will meet an incredible array of monkeys, butterflies and birds mingling among the rainbow of plants that twist and wind into each other.
The unique flavours and sometimes dazzling presentation of Thai food cannot be found anywhere else in the world. From the roadside stalls to the most extravagant restaurants, whether you are a vegetarian or meat eater, you can enjoy unique flavours blended from lemongrass, coriander, coconut and chilli. Once you've been to Thailand, those scents will always take you back here... Return to introduction...