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Holidays to Thailand are sure to offer a wealth of fun and fantastic experiences. Located in South-East Asia, Thailand is home to some of the world’s most beautiful natural sites, awe-inspiring monuments, delicious diverse cuisine and wildest night-life. With sparkling blue seas with a vast array of exotic wildlife, lush forests teeming with wildlife, rugged mountains and tropical weather, Thailand seems to be the perfect destination for the adventurer. Alternatively enjoy a relaxing holiday to the palm-fringed resorts of Pattaya, Phuket and Koh Samui. Or spend your time discovering the vibrant and energetic capital, Bangkok, full of culture and with a vibrant atmosphere.
For those looking for a more active holiday, take advantage of Thailand’s many great attractions, including:
- Diving - Diving in Thailand is a truly remarkable experience. The warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand are home to hundreds of species of tropical fish, coral, sharks, eels, turtles and a ship wreck or two. Ko Tao is the diving centre of Thailand, and there are dives for everyone of any experience.
- Royal palaces - There are many royal Palaces around Thailand. Most of these are open for tourists to explore the beautiful gardens. The winter palace, Phra Tamnak Phu Phing, and the Grand Palace, Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang, are popular tourist attractions.
- Elephant nature park - Located in northern Thailand, this magnificent sanctuary is home a whole herd of elephants, which rely mainly on volunteers to help care for the elephants. A simply superb experience and a must see.
- Religious temples/monuments - Thailand is the home of many beautiful and stunning Buddhist temples and places of worship. There is the Wat Khan Intha Pramun, a gigantic statue of a reclined Buddha, or the Buddhamonthno, one of the most important religious sites in Thailand, where a 16m statue of Buddha is situated. Also don’t miss the gorgeous Wat Sothorn Wararam Worawihan, where locals regularly go for blessings in exchange for golden leaves.
- Doi Suthep National Park- Home to one of the most sacred places in Thailand, this national park is located in the mountains of Chiang Mai. Above from the temple, with its 5 tiered golden umbrella, the mountains offer haunting and beautiful sights of the land around. This is a sight-seer and photographers paradise.
- Anusawari Sam Kasat- 3 colossal bronze sculptures, in honour of 3 kings of the 14th century most associated with the Lanna Kingdom. Hundreds of locals come to pray and give offerings to be blessed by the powerful spirits of the kings. An impressive monument for all tourists.
Beach holidays to Thailand are a sun-seekers delight. With temperatures rarely dropping below 25c all year round, Thailand beaches are home to soft, sugary white beaches and absolutely beautiful turquoise waters. For some truly remarkable beach experiences, visit some of the islands off shore of Thailand, where the surrounding areas are teeming with wildlife, and the seas are full of beautiful coral and marine life. Far-east Asia is also renowned for its speciality in massage, and Thailand is no exception. With many different local specialities, lie back and let the quality masseuse ease those knots and feel your worries drift away. For those wanting to try something a bit different, why not hire out a floating hut and enjoy a day lazily drifting on the Huay teung Tao reservoir, whilst snacking on Thai BBQ pork, or try and catch your own lunch with some fishing.
There is evidence that Thailand has been inhabited for at least 40,000 years. Located in South-east Asia, Thailand was once ruled mainly by the Indianized Kingdom until it declared its own independent states around 1000ad. One of the only south-east Asian states to avoid colonial rule, Thailand is a pure mixture of cultures. With heavy influences from India, Cambodia, Lao, Burma and China, and of its national religion Theravada Buddhism, it manages to take these influences and turn them into their own unique culture. The Thai population has many beliefs about spiritual life. They practise a strong sense of hospitality and generosity, but also of social hierarchy, and respect to elders. The Thais are a peaceful people, however, watch out as Muay Thai boxing is a favourite past time and national sport!
Shopping in Thailand offers a delightful blend of experiences. A visit to the night bazaar in Chiang Mai is a must, where you can haggle for timeless pieces of local craftsmanship, with wonderful pieces from the hill-tribe people especially. Fake and real brand labels are available in shopping malls, of which there are plenty of. Also do not miss the floating markets, especially the floating flower market of Talat Tonlamyai, where you can buy the beautiful native water flowers.
The world-famous nightlife of Thailand is something of a heavy-party goer’s dream. Places such as Phuket and Bangkok are full of clubs, bars and discos to literally suit every need. With most places open to 2am, it’s the place to really let loose. There are also a number of quieter bars and restaurants where you can try the excellent Thai cuisine for a family night out.
The weather in Thailand is tropical, with high temperatures and high humidity and does suffer from Monsoons. April and May are the hottest months of the year, with even the locals becoming agitated by the heat. June sees the beginning of the monsoon season, which continues until October. November to February are the main tourist months, with a cooler breeze from the north. Even then, temperatures rarely get below 20c.