Top 5 Places in Thailand

Welcome to Thailand

Friendly and fun-loving, cultured and historic,
Thailand radiates a golden hue, from its glittering
temples and tropical beaches through to the evercomforting
Thai smile.

Sand Between Your Toes

With a long coastline (actually, two coastlines) and jungle-topped islands
anchored in azure waters, Thailand is a tropical getaway for the hedonist and
the hermit, the prince and the pauper. This paradise offers a varied menu:
playing in the gentle surf of Ko Lipe, diving with whale sharks off Ko Tao,
scaling the sea cliffs of Krabi, kiteboarding in Hua Hin, partying on Ko Phi-
Phi, recuperating at a health resort on Ko Samui and feasting on the beach
wherever sand meets sea.

A Bountiful Table

Adored around the world, Thai cuisine expresses fundamental aspects of Thai
culture: it is generous, warm, refreshing and relaxed. Thai dishes rely on
fresh, local ingredients – pungent lemongrass, searing chillies and plump
seafood. A varied national menu is built around the four fundamental
flavours: spicy, sweet, salty and sour. Roving appetites go on eating tours of
Bangkok noodle shacks, seafood pavilions in Phuket, and Burmese market
stalls in Mae Sot. Cooking classes reveal the simplicity behind the seemingly
complicated dishes, and mastering the market is an important survival skill.

Sacred Spaces

The celestial world is a close confidant in this Buddhist nation, and religious
devotion is colourful and ubiquitous. Gleaming temples and golden Buddhas
frame both the rural and the modern landscape. Ancient banyan trees are
ceremoniously wrapped in sacred cloth to honour the resident spirits, fortunebringing
shrines decorate humble homes as well as monumental malls, while
garland-festooned dashboards ward off traffic accidents. Visitors can join the
conversation through meditation retreats in Chiang Mai, religious festivals in
northeastern Thailand, underground cave shrines in Kanchanaburi and
Phetchaburi and hilltop temples in northern Thailand.

Fields & Forests

In between the cluttered cities and towns is the rural heartland, which is a mix
of rice paddies, tropical forests and squat villages tied to the agricultural
clock. In the north, the forests and fields bump up against toothy blue
mountains decorated with silvery waterfalls. In the south, scraggy limestone
cliffs poke out of the cultivated landscape like prehistoric skyscrapers. The
usually arid northeast emits an emerald hue during the rainy season when
tender green rice shoots carpet the landscape.

Thailand’s Top 5

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