Introduction

 Introduction

Thailand offers an unbeatable combination of Eastern exoticism and Western modernism that brings ten million people a year to the country’s gorgeous beaches and magical countryside.

The Thai people are renowned for being friendly and hospitable, in spite of the massive influx of foreign visitors over the last few years. Billed as the “Land of Smiles”, Thailand has an extraordinary diversity of flavours and sights to experience. Nowhere is this more evident than in the vibrant capital Bangkok, where a burgeoning 21st century city is growing around centuries-old relics and icons.

Thailand is celebrated for its outstanding beaches from the secluded sands of Koh Chang near Cambodia, to the world-famous full-moon parties of Koh Phang-Nga and the luxury of Phuket’s beach resorts. And of course there is the wonderfully rich and accessible culture to explore, from the temples of Bangkok to the hill tribes of Chiang Mai.

Thailand also remains an inexpensive destination with something to offer travellers of every budget – and the tourists that descend on the country are often every bit as varied and interesting as the inhabitants.

Add to all this the delectable food and a perfect climate and you too will fall in love with this exciting and hospitable country.

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