Thailand is one of the most popular countries of Southeast Asia with a lot to offer. Bangkok is one of the most vibrant cities in the region while Chiang Mai has a strong cultural background and Chiang Rai provides the opportunity to meet the hill tribe minority groups. And no one can ignore the amazing beaches which are the perfect way to end any holiday.

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is the largest and culturally most significant city in northern Thailand. It has a rich history dating back to the 13th century and some of the ancient city wall and moat still exist today. There are numerous historical temples with the most important being Wat Doi Suthep which sits atop a hill overlooking the city. See the ornate buildings and pagodas dripping in gold and shimmering in the sunlight.

A popular excursion from Chiang Mai is to visit the Chiang Dao Elephant Camp. Here you can learn about the animals and watch how they are trained. While you are here you may take a ride on one of the elephants.

Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is the northern-most province of Thailand and is also one of the most ethnically diverse regions of the country. This area is abundant with natural scenery with lush rice terraces, tea plantations, hills scattered with orchids and the mountains of Burma and Laos visible in the distance. The region is known for the number of hill tribes that live in the mountain villages including the Yao and Akha minority groups. Visit Ban Lorcha, an Akha village where you can meet the local people who wear traditional costume while weaving textiles and pounding rice. While in Chiang Rai also visit the unorthodox White Temple with its ornate carvings and unusual statues.


Bangkok is Thailand’s capital city and a modern metropolis full of life. The frenetic pace is often the first impression visitors have, yet beneath the hustle and bustle there are many hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

The Grand Palace is the former residence of the Thai monarchy. The complex of buildings, halls and pavilions have attractive white walls, orange and green roofs, and golden spires. Within the gardens and courtyards of the palace is Wat Phra Kaew which houses the Emerald Buddha. Bangkok is famous for its floating markets where the canals are lined with boats piled high with fruit, vegetables and even souvenirs for tourists. Watch the hive of activity as traders try to make a sale and maybe learn some haggling techniques from the locals.

Another fascinating market is the Railway Track Market in Samut Songkram where the stalls are located right over the rails. As a train approaches the pedestrians scuttle off the tracks and the stallholders pull back their awnings to allow the locomotive to pass.

Beach Stays

Thailand is famous for its beautiful palm-lined beaches which are among the best in the world. Enjoy this little piece of paradise while sitting on the soft sand and swimming in the crystal-clear waters.

Relaxing at Ko Samui, Phuket or Cha’am is a great way to finish a holiday in the region so try to fit in a few days of beach-time at one of these resorts before flying home.

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