Why is Thailand such a major draw for the tourists? This is due to it's spicy cuisine, tropical climate, interesting culture, towering rugged mountains and beautiful beaches. No other country than Thailand can truly justify the term 'East Meets West' for the nation's skyline is dominated by sacred temples and holy shrines as well as sky-piercing high-rise blocks. From rickety buildings on one side to skyscrapers on the other, from the luxurious and opulent hotels chains to the street-side vendors and hawkers, this Southeastern Asian country represents diversity like no other.
Kick-start your vacation by heading out to the country's capital, Bangkok. There are numerous destinations in this metropolis that are worth visiting such as the Grand Palace and Wat Prakaew, Wat Arun (known as the temple of dawn), Wat Pho - housing the gold-plated Reclining Buddha, Erawan Shrine - pay respects to Lord Brahma, Jim Thompson House - museum exhibiting rare collection of textiles, Thai Paintings and Asian artifacts and so forth.
Pattaya is a beautiful holiday seaside retreat that is extremely touristy owing to it's glamorous seaside resorts, soft sandy beaches and warm emerald-green waters shimmering in the sun. Some of the notable attractions in this party town are it's popular beaches such as the Paattaya town, Jomitien Beach, Naklua beach, Wong Amat Beach and Wong Phra Chan Beach and so on. Other highlights include a trip to the three famous islands - Ko Larn (coral island), Ko Krok and Ko sak and indulge in fun activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling, sea-kayaking and glass-bottom boat cruises and so forth. Other sight-seeing points are Nong Nooch Village, Underwater World Pattaya, Mini Siam and so on.
Unwind in the beautiful Southeast Asian island known as Phuket with it's sun-kissed sandy beaches and inviting turquoise-blue waters. Some of the biggest attractions in this archipelago are the Phang Nga Bay, James Bond Island, Phi Phi island, Old Phuket among many others. When it comes to other beach destinations, head over to Railay beach, housed in the province of Krabi. It's white sand beaches and clear blue waters makes it the tropical paradise you have been craving to visit. Elephant trekking, white-water rafting and rock climbing are some of the activities you an indulge in.
Visit the impressive Pai canyon in Pai and look down upon the breathtaking Pai valley. Elephant is the national animal in Thailand. So naturally you will see plenty of them in the Khao Yai National Park in Thailand. Apart from elephants roaming around, there are plenty of exotic birds, different kinds of monkeys and other tropical animals residing here. History aficionados will love visiting the Sukhothai's Old City for it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is packed with relics and other features that bear the influences of the ancient civilization.Not Just Sukhothai, even Ayuttaya revisits the glory of bygone-era Thailand. Tour around the entire city to catch a glimpse of the old temples and palaces.
Renowned to be the best-known wat in Chiang Mai, the Doi Suthep is fascinating. Be sure to admire the intricate religious carvings, look at worship rituals and gaze at the Chiang Mai city from the mountain. Thai massage is extremely popular. So head over to any spas to pamper yourself with Thai massages which meshes features from reflexology, acupressure and assisted yoga into a comprehensive method that is extremely rejuvenating. Thailand is a haven for shoppers who would get a kick out of shopping from unique places. The Floating markets in this country are very popular. Be sure to find plenty of fresh produce such as fresh fruits, vegetables and spices in the long wooden boats. Numerous floating markets can be found near Bangkok, Amphawa and Damnoen Saduak.
When it comes to delicacies, Thailand cuisine can be characterized as spicy. Bigger cities such as Bangkok have plenty of expensive fine-dining options but the true heart of the country lies in it's cheap and affordable street-side food. Be sure to wander about in the Saturday Night Walking Street or the Night Bazaar on Chang Klan Road in Chiang Mai to gorge on local delicacies such as pad Thai, chicken satay, samosas, crab cakes, fried bananas, sweet rotees and fresh fruit shakes for less than 2$ a piece from road-side food vendors.
Thailand has a plethora of stay options such as the best luxury hotels and private apartments or the cheap and budget accommodations. The country experiences tropical wet and dry or savanna climate. The best time to visit the nation would be during the winter months from November to February when the temperatures are pleasant.