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- Why Thailand -

Is a wondrous kingdom, featuring Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands. Along with a fascinating history and a unique culture that includes delectable Thai food and massage, Thailand features a modern capital city, and friendly people who epitomize Thailand’s “land of smiles” reputation

Culture and customs

Most Thai people are Buddhist and live a conservative way of life. Monks are treated with great respect. Respect for the king is also paramount in Thailand, and as the world’s longest serving monarch, this respect seems to grow with each year of his epic reign. Known for his efforts to improve the living standards of disadvantaged communities and preserving the Thai way of life, pictures of the King adorn many homes, restaurants and businesses in Thailand.

Land of smiles

Whether it’s the gilded twists of temple spires, the breezy sunshine over white sands, or just the enveloping warmth of Thai laughter, the whole country of Thailand has a glow about it. Explore powdery beaches and soaring cliffs, and swim the pools and waterfalls of the misty forests. But Thailand is more than its classic-postcard surface. In its cities, even a walk down the street will take you past the everyday and the otherworldly — zipping motos, noodle stalls, floating markets, massive Buddhas. What you’ll encounter most, however, is the spark of Thailand’s radiant people.

Best time to visit Thailand

Thailand’s climate is generally hot, humid and at times (like other South-East Asian countries) monsoonal. The seasons differ from coast to coast, so depending on which areas you’re visiting, the weather can vary.

Thailand’s north, east and west are great to visit from November to February, when the weather is cooler and dryer. If heading south, it’s best to travel from January to April as these months provide conditions optimal for diving and snorkelling. This is peak time however, so be aware that popular places like Chiang Mai, Ko Samui and Phuket can get particularly busy. It can also get quite busy from July to August as it’s northern hemisphere school holidays.

The monsoon season is from July to November, so it can get quite wet and the weather may be uncomfortably hot and humid for those who aren’t accustomed to it. Yet travelling during this time can provide a different picture of Thailand, and is generally a less crowded time of year. March to June is less wet but is the hottest time in terms of temperatures. If you don’t mind the heat then this can be a good time to go on holiday to Thailand to avoid the crowds.

Things to try in Thailand

Pad Thai (Phat Thai)
A well-known dish but for good reason. This delicious plate of stir-fried rice noodles garnished with peanuts is full of flavour and can be served with fresh prawns, chicken, tofu or vegetables.
Tom Yum (Tom Yam)
Usually prepared with stock, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and chilli, this soup is widely available in Thailand and has been popularised around the world
Massaman Curry (Kaeng Matsaman)
A dish with Muslim origins, this filling curry traditionally features coconut milk, potatoes, beef, bay leaves and peanuts

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Bangkok is the capital, which means City of Angels for its citizens

Chiang Mai, This northern capital is overflowing with experiences.

Ayuthaya The current city intertwines itself with the remnants of what was once one of Asia’s great capitals.

Take a cooking class to learn the secrets of Thai cuisine and explore the Night Bazaar for delicious food.

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