The Land of Smilesí is the perfect blend of discovery and adventure, twinned with warm and welcoming beach resorts. Bangkok is a vibrant and exciting city, steeped in tradition and yet thoroughly modern. The ancient city of Chiang Mai and the Golden Triangle region in the north are the perfect base from which to discover Thailandís rich culture, forested mountains and authentic hill tribe villages. Discover the jungles and wildlife of the impossibly beautiful Khao Sok National Park in Thailandís south west and then admire the iconic Ď007í landscape of Phang Nga Bay and choose from one of Thailandís serene islands and beaches.
Turquoise Holidays Top 5 Reasons To Visit Thailand
1. Thailandís accessibility, the genuine warmth of its people, the year round climate and its exceptional value for money, make it incredibly hard to beat! It is ideal for a 2 or 3 centre holiday combining culture in the north, beautiful beaches in the south and a city stay in Bangkok, great for shopping.
2. With hundreds of islands to choose from, deciding where to go can be confusing. Weíve selected the very best boutique hotels and beach resorts with spectacular settings, wonderful pool villas and unique charm.
3. The North offers some of Thailandís most breath-taking scenery with rolling hills, colourful hill tribes, cloudy mountain passes and tiny wooden villages. Head only a few hours out of Chiang Mai, Thailandís second biggest city, and you can find yourself riding an elephant through lush green jungle or staying in a rustic hill tribe lodge.
4. Consider extending your beach stay with safari at Elephant Hills, a luxury tented jungle camp, located in the heart of spectacular Khao Sok National Park. Their Mahout experience offers the wonderful opportunity to feed and wash the elephants. Enjoy a canoe ride on the Sok River and kayaking on the lake or for the more active, jungle trekking!
5. Thailandís islands have a tropical monsoon climate. Weather around the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand are opposite to each other Ė so in Europeís summer months itís best to head to the Gulf of Thailand (Samui, Phangan) and in the winter months to the Andaman Sea (Phuket, Krabi).
Bangkok is emerging as one of the most exciting and stylish cities in Asia. The ĎCity of Angelsí offers world class shopping, a huge array of fine dining experiences and some of Asiaís most fashionable night life. In addition to all of this, Bangkokís culture and history is unmatched; combining golden temples, captivating museums, art exhibitions, dance performances and more.
Beyond the City
There still remains much to be explored outside of Thailandís cities and beaches. The North offers some of Thailandís most breathtaking scenery with rolling hills, colourful hill tribes, cloudy mountain passes and tiny wooden villages. Head only a few hours out of Chiang Mai, Thailandís second biggest city, and you can find yourself riding an elephant through lush green jungle or staying in a rustic hill tribe lodge. Chiang Mai itself has some of Thailandís finest food culture, superb shopping and some truly beautiful temple architecture, all best explored from one of Chiang Maiís excellent boutique hotels.
Thailandís North-East also boasts some beautiful national parks with trekking opportunities and picturesque waterfalls. Easily accessible from Bangkok, it is now possible to experience a real adventure without sacrificing luxury. This is the real Thailand, away from the tourist trail undeveloped riverside villages, beautiful scenery and Khmer temples reveal a backwater idyll, a million miles from the modernity of Bangkok. Both Sukhothai and Ayuthaya are essential stops for those wishing to discover more about Thailandís history, architecture and culture. Both have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites and their ruined temples and palaces will fascinate visitors.
As for Thailandís array of beaches, there is surely something to suit every taste. The renowned and opulent resorts that have been popular for so long still offer impeccable service and a fine attention to detail. However it is now possible to experience a Thai beach in a slightly different way Ė from a minimalist chic room with the latest technology, such as in-room iPod, to an isolated island retreat offering an enticing combination of seclusion and luxury.
When to Visit Thailand
Thailand is governed by a tropical weather pattern. Throughout most of Thailand, the months of November to April are warm and dry, with temperatures steadily increasing during this period.
The rainy season is traditionally from April (and its arrival is marked by a frenzied annual water festival, Songkran, from 13-15 April) until mid October. During this time, Bangkok, the North and the Andaman Coast in the West of Thailand experience short sharp showers, usually in the afternoon. However, Thailandís Gulf Coast experiences its monsoon over the winter months of November to January and has fine and dry weather during the summer months, ensuring that Thailand is a suitable destination for travellers year round.
With frequent direct flights from the UK and offering some of the best value in Asia, Thailand is understandably a popular destination. Above all, it is the sheer warmth and friendliness of a Thai smile that will keep travellers returning again and again.
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