Thailand – more than just beaches…

Thailand is famous for the picture-perfect beaches and paradise islands of its southern coast where, depending on which resort you choose, you can find the perfect laid-back lifestyle or party atmosphere. However, there’s far more to Thailand than just sand and sea, so here are some more reasons to visit this wonderful country…

FOOD – Yes, it’s the big one! Thai food is incredibly popular all over the world but even the most authentic restaurants here in the UK are westernised to a certain extent. Nothing can compare to the real thing and in our opinion, one good meal in Thailand is worth the cost of the airfare alone! Cuisine differs vastly from region to region, so foodies would do well to travel around in order to get a real taste of the country. Head north for a local noodle dish called Khao Soi that will knock your socks off!

TEMPLES – From evocative ancient ruins to astonishing contemporary structures, Thailand is home to some astoundingly beautiful temples. The Historic City of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was capital of the Kingdom of Siam for over four centuries before it was destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. Visitors can still see the ruins of ancient towers and monasteries that were built here during the city’s foundation. Up in the hills of Chiang Mai is the breath-taking golden temple of Doi Suthep. The steep climb is well worth the effort to see the sun glinting off this incredible gilded temple. Even further North, just outside the city of Chiang Rai, you can find one of the most surprising temples in the country. Known as the White Temple, Wat Rong Khun is actually an art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple. Make sure to take a close look at the modern mural inside, you may see some unexpected familiar faces.

MARKETS – Bangkok’s famous floating market is an experience like no other: float down the waterway as vendors display their wares from laden boats or stalls on the banks. Look out for beautifully hand-crafted puppets and hot Thai pancakes that you can enjoy as you shop. Wherever you end up in Thailand, North or South, make sure you check out the local markets which sell everything from freshly-prepared food to traditional arts and crafts. Food markets are a party for the senses with mountains of bright red chillies piled up high and huge bunches of herbs giving off vibrant fragrances. Night markets are a great opportunity to sample local food and find unique gifts and souvenirs.

NATURE – While Thailand may be seen as a classic fly and flop destination, there is plenty here to attract more active and adventurous holidaymakers: from rock climbing on the spectacular limestone cliffs of Railay to trekking in the jungles of Kao Sok National Park and the mountains of Chiang Mai. With 127 national parks, including 22 marine parks, Thailand is full of remarkable natural landscapes to explore and exotic wildlife to be discovered whether that be on foot, with a snorkel or paddling in your own kayak.

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