Discover Thailand

From the bustling metropolis of high-rises in Bangkok to the laid-back beach resorts of the palm-fringed islands, from the soaring chedis and giant buddhas of the colourful temples to the abundant jungle wildlife and emerald green paddy fields of the rural areas, Thailand - is a country of exciting contrasts.

The south of the country is famed for its stunning beaches and tropical island getaways that attracts backpackers and luxury holidaymakers alike. The nation's capital Bangkok is usually the first stop for most travellers and is a vibrant modern city with a rich heritage that could rival any capital in the world, providing endless opportunities to explore.

Those looking for decent nightlife will find lively bars and clubs in the busier resorts and of course there are the legendary Full Moon parties to be found on many of the islands. There is the quieter, more tranquil side of the south that attracts those looking to recharge and rejuvenate, taking advantage of the many wellness centres offering different kinds of massage and tailor-made treatments, as well as yoga and meditation retreats. For anyone seeking out opportunities for water-sports, diving and snorkelling in the turquoise waters are highly recommended, as are relaxing boat tours around the islands and limestone karsts that jut out from the sea.

In the north you'll find mountainous landscapes, traditional villages retaining their tribal identities, national parks, and Thailand's second largest city - Chiang Mai - a budget friendly destination steeped in history and containing a plethora of temples. It's a much quainter version of the nation's capital with a laidback vibe that attracts many travellers looking for an alternative to Bangkok. The thick jungle and mountains of the north provide excellent opportunities for hiking and wildlife lovers can visit conservation projects or join ethical tours to observe animals in their natural habitat. 

Thailand boasts some of the freshest and most flavoursome cuisine in the world and provides one of the greatest attractions for visiting the country. Like the multi-faceted regions of Thailand, its dishes vary considerably depending on where you are, but one thing is certain and that is the abundance of tantalising flavours that you will encounter.

Known as the 'Land of Smiles' owing to the warm welcome and hospitable nature of the locals, Thailand ticks so many boxes for the discerning holidaymaker. If it's not on your holiday wish-list already then consider making room for this captivating country.