Thailand's buzzing capital city Bangkok is a dynamic city with a lot to offer the tourist. It mixes the traditional and the modern with lavish golden temples dotted between new modern hotels and offices. The roads are full of people, rickshaws and cars and the Chao Praya River that runs through the city has an abundance of boats, river taxis and long tailed boats transporting people around the clock.
Golden sand and turquoise seas characterise most of Thailand's coastline and the popular islands in the south. Ko Samui, Ko Phagn Nagn and Ko Phi Phi are the most well known and popular islands. All have stunning beaches fully equipped with both backpacker and luxury accommodation, great nightlife and watersport facilities. Thailand's famous monthly full moon party takes place on Koh Phang Nagn, in the town of Hat Rin. Beach bars with lights and music on the beach enabling the party to continue for over 24 hours. Ko Phi Phi has the most dramatic landscape of all the islands and is home to the famous Maya Bay where 'The Beach' was filmed in 1999.
Named 'The Pearl of the South', Phuket lies on the coastline with the Andaman Sea. This was the original beach destination in Thailand, it's far more developed now, but is still home to some beautiful beaches. Phuket is popular destination for those on family holidays or looking for ultimate holiday luxury. There are a number of popular day trips available from Phuket including Ko Hae (Coral Island).
Acting as the gateway to the northern hills and jungle, Chiang Mai offers the traveller the antithesis of the beaches in the south. Surrounded by mountains and lush green countryside, you can trek into the jungle, witnessing hill tribes in their natural communities, take an elephant ride, go mountain biking or white water rafting and embark on rock climbing adventures. Chang Mai also has extensive meditation and relaxation opportunities, not to mention a number of prestigious cookery schools where you can master the art of Thai cuisine.