Travel in Thailand is generally effortlessly easy - it’s also centred around a wonderful playground of natural beauty, intriguing history, fun adventure, expert pampering, fine hotels and great food. This is a culture created by a people renowned for their warmth, serenity and love of sanuk (fun).
Where to travel in Thailand
The thrilling, full-on metropolis of Bangkok, the famed beaches of Phuket and Koh Samui, and the ethnically and culturally diverse north all unsurprisingly top the first-timer’s wish list. But there is so much more to Thailand than its headline acts.
Take, for example, Ayutthaya – an archaeological park at the centre of the country’s former capital with a history dating back 650 years - and Sukhothai, which was the first truly independent Thai kingdom. Its architectural style defined what we now call the ‘classic’ Thai aesthetic, and many of its wonderful temples and monuments have been beautifully restored. Or how about the state of Kanchanaburi, an adventure traveller’s paradise and gateway to the River Kwai; picturesque Isaan in the north-east and its borders with Laos and Cambodia, or Chiang Rai and the renowned Golden Triangle. Thailand is a country that gets right under the skin of visitors, as well as inspiring a rather unique sense of loyalty. And rightly so!
Thai is the national and official language of Thailand. Its origins can be traced back to a South Indian script and it is written left to right across the page with no spaces between words. The script used in the language is unique to Thai.