Facts, reports and other compelling chronicles about Thailand can be found on numerous sites. For all matters concerning the tourism industry, PATA Thailand, the Pacific Asia Travel Association, offers valuable insight into responsible development of the travel industry. Facts, business and travel news on Thailand and the Mekong region can be found on TTR Weekly, the online presence of a weekly print publication. The historical background and ongoing development of Koh Mak Island as a growing and striving holiday destination can be found on Kohmak-Island.com. Thailand Hotels and travel information for the Asia Pacific region can be easily obtained on Sino.net along with other tools and gizmos for the savvy traveler.
Thailand, Land of Smiles
From sand and surf to verdant jungle and ancient temples, the Kingdom of Thailand has something for everyone. Dress up for fine dining at a five-star hotel. Chill out at a mountain retreat. Boogie down at a packed nightclub. Kick back at a the beach. Join in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Thailand's fascinating cultural mosaic.
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Thailand's proximity to many Southeast Asia countries makes Thailand a gateway to the area. For more information on Southeast Asia destinations visit Wired Destination's Singapore Travel Guide, Malaysia Travel Guide, Cambodia Travel Guide, Indonesia Travel Guide, Vietnam Travel Guide and Laos Travel Guide.
Popular Thailand Destinations
This sprawling hub of activity known as the City of Angels embodies the very essence of Asia. From the moment you touch down at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok sweeps you along in a swirling miasma of action. Within the sanctity of your hotel room, you will no doubt spend a few quiet hours mulling over numerous brochures, magazines and guide books to plan your day. Highlights for many will be a tour of ornate Buddhist shrines and temples, or wats as they are called in Thailand; a ferry boat ride along the Chao Phraya river for an ever-changing perspective of the cityscape; and shopping sprees at ultra-modern mega shopping complexes and at day and night markets throughout the city. As the pulsing nightlife winds down to meet the Bangkok dawn and its steady drone of congested streets, one thing is certain, Bangkok leaves an indelible impression upon every visitor.
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Kata Viewpoint, Phuket
The island province of Phuket nestles close to mainland on the edge of the Andaman Sea. Phuket flourishes as a Thailand holiday destination. Its 45 km west coast offers sweeps of turquoise bays lined with glistening bodies frolicking in the surf. This paradise island brims with activities: jungle safaris on elephant back, world class dive sites for day trips and live-aboards, sea kayak expeditions through stalagmite studded caves, luxurious spas offering herbal treatments and therapeutic massage, premium health care facilities for medical procedures at a fraction of Western costs, a throbbing neon nightlife, otherworldly transvestite cabaret shows, street vendors hawking handicrafts and trinkets, modern shopping malls and island resorts catering to the party animal or the spirit of the castaway.
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Samui Island lies just off the coast at the western edge of the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Samui is an idyllic tropical island paradise. It's small and laid back. Coconut palms sway over white sand beaches. Scuba diving, snorkeling and and nightlife options abound. With a modern international airport and a bevy of ferries bringing in travelers from every walk of life, Koh Samui has matured into a world-class holiday destination. Samui's luxury resorts and beach bungalows accommodate every budget. Chaweng and Lamai on the northeast and east coasts are Samui's most popular beaches. Nightlife is hottest at Chaweng. You won't believe your eyes when you see the phallic rock formations at the southern end of Lamai Bay.
Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao, lying just north of Samui, are also popular holiday destinations. It's only a 15 to 30 minute ferry to catch Koh Pha Ngan's infamous Full Moon Party. Koh Tao is a scuba and beach life mecca.
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Nightlife, sun, surf, and great dining are a winning combination for visitors to Pattaya. Vacationers flock here to unwind at the beach and enjoy a most vibrant nightlife. Pattaya Beach and Jomtien Beach are the hot spots. Delicious fresh seafood is abundant, as is a variety of cuisines in Pattaya's numerous restaurants. For the wildest nightlife, Walking Street on Pattaya's south end is infamous. The northern portion of Beach Road is dominated by first-class hotels, restaurants and open-air bars. Second Road has many hotels and restaurants interspersed with bars, discos, shows and other night spots. Numerous soi (streets) connecting the Beach Road and Second Road hold small hotels, restaurants and a number of bars.
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Thai Buddhist Temple
Chiang Mai travelers can visit hill-tribe villages, hunt for handicrafts and dive into delicious food or a cool river. Chiang Mai town offers a vast array of accommodation, great clothing and accessories and tantalizing restaurants. In the heart of town, sits the old walled Chiang Mai, surrounded by an ancient moat. Historical temples abound within these walls. Night markets teem with people enjoying food and Thailand handicrafts. Free dance and musical performances showcase Thai culture, past and present. Low mountains of tropical forest surround Chiang Mai. Tours take travelers on adventures to visit hill-tribes, ride elephants, ford rivers and trek through the jungle.
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Hua Hin View from Khao Takieb
A 2.5 hour drive southwest from Bangkok puts you on the beach at Hua Hin. Once a sleepy fishing village, Hua Hin has become a weekend getaway for Bangkok residents and international travelers. A healthy mix of tourists, expats and Thai vacationers enjoy Hua Hin's beaches, restaurants, nightlife and sight seeing. The Royal Family enjoys a summer palace here. Hua Hin and its neighbor Cha Am are premiere golf destinations in Thailand, hosting the country's finest golf courses. Hua Hin, Cha Am, Pranburi, Petchaburi and Prachuab Khiri Khan offer national parks, beaches, waterfalls, caves and hot springs. A magnificent golden Buddha stands looking out to sea from the southern headland of the miles-long stretch of Hua Hin's white sand beach.
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More Popular Thailand Destinations by Area
Akha Women, Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai enchants with its laid-back charm, abundant natural wonders and ancient artifacts. The Emerald Buddha, now in Bangkok, was discovered here. This far northern town lies within the Golden Triangle and is a popular trip from Chiang Mai. For great hotel rates and hotel recommendations, visit Wired Destination's Chiang Rai Hotels.
The ruins of the royal palace and twenty wats and monuments lie within the walls of Sukhothai. The walking Buddha at Wat Chetuphon is regarded as one of the finest in Thailand. To find hotel accommodation in this ancient wonderland, visit Sukothai Hotels for hotel maps, hotel recommendations and great hotel prices.
Be sure to visit Wat Phra Si Ratan Mahthat where one of the most famous Buddha images resides. Two mountainous national parks: Thung Salaeng Luang and Phu Hin Rongkla beckon travelers to the road east. Floating riverside eateries are a must. To get settled, find hotel recommendations and discount hotel rates at Phitsanulok Hotels.
Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts the ruins of magnificent temples and palaces. Buddha statues (many without their heads!) line the temple grounds sporting flowing golden robes. This historic former capital of Thailand is only a 40-minute drive from Bangkok. Wired Destination recommends Ayutthaya hotels at great rates at Ayutthaya Hotels.
River Kwai, Kanchanaburi
The famous film Bridge Over the River Kwai was shot on location here. Waterfalls, hot springs, rivers and caves are plentiful throughout the many national parks dominating this region. Fine resorts and golf courses cater to vacationers. Find great hotel rates and hotel recommendations at Kanchanaburi Hotels are offered at great hotel discounts. For online travel, think Wired Destinations.
Koh Chang's white sand beaches and rain forests have lured a growing number of visitors to this northern gulf island. It has been made a national marine park status to preserve its beauty. Wired Destination's Koh Chang Hotels are offered at great hotel discounts. For online travel, think Wired Destinations.
This tropical island just south of Phuket offers tranquility and long stretches of beach. Access Thailand's top scuba diving sites from here. It is seasonal, so the best time to come is between November and April. For great Koh Lanta Hotels, find hotel recommendations and great hotel rates from Wired Destinations.
Phi Phi Islands
Phi Phi Islands
Turquoise waves caress a beach so dazzlingly white, it is almost painful to the eye. Koh Phi Phi is one of the most beautiful islands in Asia, and its reefs still thrive. To find your ideal accommodation on this island paradise visit Phi Phi Islands Hotels at Wired Destinations.
its profusion of cliffs has made Krabi a premier climbing destination. Trails through tropical forests carry hikers on unforgettable jaunts. Ao Nang, the main beach-side spot, offers accommodation, dining and entertainment options. Wired Destinations offers great Krabi hotel rates and recommendations at Krabi Hotels.
A short hop from the Malaysia border, Hat Yai offers great shopping and beautiful scenery. Visit Hat Yai Hotels for amazing hotel discounts and hotel recommendations. For online travel, think Wired Destinations.
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