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Justifiably renowned for its people's friendly attitude and warm hospitality, Thailand – the Land of Smiles – welcomes visitors with open arms and big smiles. It’s this very gracious attitude of the Thai people that define this country as a feel-good destination.
From the hotels to the food stalls, Thai hospitality is hard to beat. The cheerful smiles from the locals add a touch of charm to everything that is Thailand. Add the peaceful, spiritual life of the country and you’ll see why it will leave a forever lasting impression.
Visit this country and captivate your senses in tropical landscapes. Hear the frenetic sounds of Bangkok, indulge in the country’s eclectic culinary scene, or find solitude on a remote stretch of white sand in Phuket.
Immerse yourself in Thai culture and watch Thai boxing and folk dancing. Plunge into the depths of local markets across the country to find Thailand’s pulse, visit the lively night bazaars or take pleasure in exploring the country’s many outstanding temples and hidden shrines. For curious explorers; ascend into the hills of Koh Samui or Phuket’s numerable viewpoints for sweeping vistas of the stunning islands.
It’s not just the sunshine, scenery and the ever-smiling locals that make Thailand stand out. It’s also the abundance of cuisine. There are restaurants and stalls to suit every taste, serving a huge selection of Thai food.
White sands, welcoming locals, tranquil temples, incredible food and crystal clear waters are just some of the many reasons you’ll dream and speak of Thailand long after your visit.
From breathtaking beaches in the south to gleaming temples in the north, you’ll find no shortage of things to see, do and experience in Thailand. Walk the streets of bustling Bangkok and experience the blend of Thai tradition and modern city life. Head north and find your inner peace in spiritual Chiang Mai while you explore this ancient city. Feel the breeze of the tropical winds and soak up the sun as you island hop the southern islands. Wherever you end up in this country, there is always a piece of paradise for you. There are countless attractions and experiences in Thailand; we’ve narrowed down your list of things to the top 3 things to do during your visit.
A dangerously easy cuisine to recommend, Thais build their meals around a balancing of spicy chili, über-sweet palm sugar, wincingly sour limes or tamarinds and salty fish sauce. Focusing on texture, colour and taste, Thai cuisine has a plethora of mouth-watering culinary choices that guarantee to please your taste buds.
By now the UK is well versed in the ubiquitous, though fabulous green curry and equally the national dish of pad Thai but there are a plethora of other dishes worth mention: larb, holy basil and chilli, tom yum soup, fishcakes and massaman to name but a few.
A cuisine built on four bold and intense pillars: sweet, sour, chilly and garlic. You’ll find this powerful combination matched with fresh ginger, powerful herbs and earthy spices throughout the land – though the country is not without its variations. In the north, influences from Laos, China and Myanmar all creep into dishes, while the east takes on the peppery tang that marks out Cambodia’s key dishes.
Serving a huge selection of Thai food, there are restaurants and stalls to suit every taste. Let the world go by as you dine al fresco, in any of dozens of world-class restaurants. Or join the revellers in the area’s lively beach bars and street food stalls.
First holiday to Thailand? Here are a few questions you might have.
To get the best of your Thailand adventure, we recommend the following tours:
British passport holders arriving in Thailand can enter the country for a maximum of 30 days without a visa. If you are planning on staying longer, you should obtain a visa before you travel. Your passport should be valid for a minimum of six months from the date of entry
Broadly speaking, the best time to visit Thailand is in the dry and cool season, which ranges from November to early April. During this time, temperatures range between 29 and 34°C. However, the climate does vary throughout different regions of the country, meaning Thailand is a year round destination. On the popular east coast, the weather is good throughout most of the year, with rainfall at its lowest between January and February.
You don’t need any vaccinations to enter Thailand. However, it is recommended that UK travellers get a tetanus, hepatitis A and yellow fever vaccine for travel to Thailand. Taking anti-malarial medication is also advisable when visiting some parts of the country. Book an appointment with a travel nurse before you go.
Thai food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world, and is renowned for its fresh, fiery flavours. Pad Thai, a stir-fried noodle dish that can be made with meat, vegetables of fish, is a popular Thai dish. Noodles, rice, coconuts and limes are staples of Thai food. Street food is popular throughout Thailand, especially in larger cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
The capital city of Thailand is Bangkok.
In Thailand, they use the Thai Baht, abbreviated to THB. For the latest exchange rates, please see www.xe.com.
Thailand is one of the more expensive countries in Southeast Asia. However, by Western standards Thailand is a relatively cheap country to visit.
Thailand is known for its idyllic islands and white-sand beaches, along with its fascinating cultural sites, unspoiled jungle and lively cities. Bangkok and Chiang Mai are two of the country’s most famous cities, whilst the southern islands (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Koh Phi Phi and Phuket) are popular tourist destinations, along with Koh Chang in the north.
In Thailand they speak Thai, although English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas. The Thai language is complex, and uses a totally different alphabet to the cyrllic, with many different phonetic sounds and inflections. Each word or phrase can have several meanings, and there are different ways of addressing men and women.