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Away from the crowds, Thailand is a land of unexpected delights, blessed with some of the finest beaches in the world and one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Asia. The little explored Mekong landscapes of the Khorat Plateau also offer the intrepid visitor some of the most authentic cultural experiences anywhere in South East Asia.

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Things to See & Do

  • Bangkok

    Bangkok

    Thailand’s bustling capital lies besides the busy waters of the Chao Phraya River, where it began its life as a small trading outpost of the powerful Ayutthaya Kingdom. Today it is one of the most dynamic cities, whose colourful streets and meandering canals are littered with spectacular monuments to its dazzling past, including the impressive Grand Palace, the famous reclining Buddha of Wat Pho and the iconic Temple of Dawn.

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  • Grand Palace

    Grand Palace

    If there is one must-see sight that no visit to Bangkok would be complete without, it's the dazzling, spectacular Grand Palace, undoubtedly the city's most famous landmark. Built in 1782 - and for 150 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government - the Grand Palace of Bangkok is a grand old dame indeed, that continues to have visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail, all of which is a proud salute to the creativity and craftsmanship of Thai people.

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  • Chiang Mai

    Chiang Mai

    Chiang Mai lies along the Ping River, set before a dramatic backdrop of some of Thailand’s highest mountains. Strategically important, along ancient trade routes, the city developed to become the capital of the Lannathai Kingdom, developing a cultural and commercial significance that is still evident today. Hosting a wealth of festivals throughout the year, the city contains over 300 temples including the majestic hilltop setting of Doi Suthep.

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  • Chiang Rai

    Chiang Rai

    The northern most of Thailand’s provinces, Chiang Rai lies along the Mae Kok River, within the confines of the infamous Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar converge. The first capital of the Lannathai kings, it contains rich reminders of its regal heritage, with temples and palaces dotted around the city. Home to a number of ethnic villages and several hill tribes, it is a fascinating region to discover Thailand’s diverse cultural traditions.

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  • Eastern & Oriental Express Train

    Eastern & Oriental Express Train

    Experience the beauty of South East Asia from the unequalled luxury of the Eastern & Oriental Express train. A celebration of Asian tradition, the ‘E & O’ has been built with meticulous attention to detail by master craftsmen, and offers exquisite private compartments, a cuisine combining the best of East and West, and first class service. At its maximum length, the Eastern and Oriental Express consists of 22 carriages, including two restaurant cars, a bar car, boutique and reading room. The Observation car is at the end of the train and everywhere else is centrally air-conditioned.

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  • River Kwai

    River Kwai

    Lying to the west of Bangkok, the mountainous landscapes of Kanchanaburi present the visitor with some of Thailand’s most scenic vistas, including several of the country’s largest waterfalls, Neolithic cave dwellings and the most extensive network of wildlife sanctuaries in the region. The city itself is located at the confluence of the Khwae Noi and Khwae Yai Rivers, the setting for the notorious Death Railway and its infamous bridge, where close by, the graves of nearly 2,000 POWs still occupy the Chong Kai Cemetery. A visit to the region can be combined with a trip aboard the RV River Kwai, a teak riverboat with 10 air-conditioned en suite cabins, whose daily excursions open up these remarkable landscapes and attractions.

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  • Krabi

    Krabi

    Relax on some of the most picturesque beaches in Thailand. The bays around Krabi features some fantastic Limestone Cliffs that make Krabi world renowned.

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  • Local Markets

    Local Markets

    The bustling chaos of a local market presents the opportunity to experience the true tastes and smells of Thailand. Combining a visit with a local cookery class provides the chance to learn something about local flavours too.Purchasing fresh produce and spices that will turn into a delightful culinary treat with local know how is an opportunity not to be missed.

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  • Mae Sai

    Mae Sai

    Mai sai has the honour of being Thailand's northern most town and is a great staging post for further exploration of the Golden Triangle, Doi Tung and Mae Salong. It offers a unique insight nto border life being one of the few border crossings into Myanmar.

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  • Ayutthaya

    Ayutthaya

    The ancient city of Ayutthaya, or Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, The Thai capital for 417 years, is one of Thailand's major tourist attractions. Many ancient ruins and art works can be seen in a city that was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong when the Thais were forced southwards by northern neighbours. During the period of Ayutthaya being the Thai capital, 33 Kings of different dynasties ruled the kingdom until it was sacked by the Burmese in 1767.Ayutthaya is 76 kilometers north of Bangkok and boasts numerous magnificent ruins. Such ruins indicate that Ayutthaya was one of Indo - China's most prosperous cities. Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya a Historical Park, a vast stretch of historical site in the heart of Ayutthaya city, has been included in UNESCO's list of world heritage since 13 December, 1991.

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Highlights of Thailand

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  • Mike Gurrey

    Visit one of the floating markets, a very different type of shopping and a great highlight.

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  • Sue Livsey

    Head to the weekend market in Chatuchak, Bangkok.

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    Use Bangkok's river boats to visit the temples such as Wat Arun located along the Chao Phraya.

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Best Time To Go and Weather

Northern Thailand is a mountainous region with fertile valleys; while the central region is dominated by the Chao Phraya River system with rich farmland while to the south is the peninsula area, which is mainly rainforest.  Thailand's climate is ruled by monsoons, resulting in three distinct seasons: hot (March to May); rainy (June to October); cool and dry (November to February).  Our winter months are the best time to visit.  Overall the climate is very humid, apart from in the north, where it will be cold at night during the cool season.

Essential Information

  • Time differenceGMT +7hrs
  • Flight Time12 hours
  • VisaNot for British passport holders*
  • ImmunisationsHepatitis A & B, Japanese encephalitis, Malaria, Typhoid**
  • CurrencyBaht
  • CapitalBangkok
  • Area513,115 sq km
  • Population62.8 million
  • Dialling Code+66
  • Electricity220V
  • LanguageThai

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Key Phrases
Sawàt dii – Hello
Chái – Yes
Mâi chái – No
Sabai dee rue – How are you?
Khãw thôht – excuse me
Events
April – Pattaya Festival Coinciding with Thai New Year celebrations (Songkran), go-kart racing, parades and windsurf contestants take place as well as a high-spirited ‘water-splashing’ festival. Prepare to get wet. July – Khao Phansa (Candle Festival) Thai Buddhists gather in temples countrywide and brightly coloured floats carrying ornately carved candles parade the streets December to January – Chiang Mai Winter Fair Locally made goods, outdoor cinemas, farmers and beauty pageants make for an interesting mix at this cultural affair October - San Don Ta festival The Khu Khan district plays host to banana contests, rice demos and food parades for a 200 year old festival ‘For Forefathers’ that worships the descendants of the Thai-Khmer ethnic group November - Full Moon ‘Loi Krathong’ Celebrations Locals place candles in banana leaf cups into the river, marking a magical end to Buddhist lent. Chiang Mai or the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sukothai are spectular spots to see it. December - King’s birthday celebrations Thousands gather to light candles and sing songs in honour of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulvadej’s royal birthday
Food & Drink
Chock a rice porridge commonly eaten for breakfast Kaeng matsaman Known as Massaman curry, this Indian-Thai curry typically contains beef, roasted dry spices, coriander and sometimes potatoes Tom Yam a hot and sour clear soup typically made up of lemongrass, kaffir lime, galangal,fish sauce and meat or fish. Other soups can be coconut based. Satay Peanut based sauce typically served with skewered meat Phad Thai a popular noodle street food dish made with spices, palm sugar, rice noodles, egg and meat or fish Insects Deep-fried grasshoppers, crickets, bee larvae and termites are all commonly sold as snacks at street stalls Khao niao mamuang Ripe mango served with sticky rice cooked in sweetened thick coconut milk Singha or Chang beer Both national Thai beers. Refreshing with a hot curry Satho A traditional rice wine originating from the Isan region Thai iced Tea (Cha yen) A popular refreshing drink in the hot climate Oliang a sweet Thai black iced coffee
Tipping
Thailand doesn’t have a strong tipping culture however offering a 10% tip in high end hotels and restaurants is becoming more popular. It’s common to offer 30-50 baht ($1-1.60) to hotel porters and while tipping taxi drivers isn’t essential, consider rounding up the fare. Tuk-tuks are an alternative to taxis for tourist but make sure you agree a price before you accept a ride.
Books to Read
Jasmine Nights by S.P Somtow, chronicles the adventures of a young boy living with his eccentric relatives as he encounters the Thai aristocracy and the superficiality of family tradition.
Movies to Watch
The King and I 1956 musical film based on Margaret Landon’s Anna and the King of Siam, about a widowed Welsh schoolteacher who accepts a job as a live-in governess of the King of Siam’s children The Beach Adventure film based on the book and filmed on Koh Phi Phi, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Carlyle The Bridge on the River Kwai After making peace with a Japanese prisoner of war camp commander, a British colonel overseas construction work on a railway bridge, unaware allies plan to destroy it.
Music to Listen to
Piphat Iconic classic Thai music compiled of xylophones, an oboe, barrel drums and two circular sets of tuned horizontal gong-chimes known as Khong wong lek and Khong wong yai.
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