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Addictive is how most visitors describe Thailand, you just can't help but go back for another helping!
Thailand offers everything: fascinating culture, some of the world's finest beaches, mind-blowing ( sometimes mouth-burning!) cuisine, great shopping, real value for money, an established infrastructure and a population that wants you to enjoy their wonderful Kingdom. Whether you're after an activity-based holiday or some serious pampering, Thailand can offer it in abundance, with everything in-between.
Thailand is great value; an outstandingly beautiful country; the people are warm and welcoming; it offers a multitude of outdoor activities; it is home to wonderful ruins of ancient kingdoms as well as present day temples; the food is out of this world and Thailand has some of the finest beaches on the planet.
Chiang Mai and its surroundings is any adventure enthusiast's playground with a huge array of activities on offer- from outstanding mountain biking and trekking to rafting and elephant riding. You can even cycle all the way to Bangkok! If Chiang Mai and the north are associated with adventure, culture and family friendly activities, then the south is loved for her beaches and sunshine. The islands are split on either side of Thailand's peninsular, with, amongst many others, Phuket and Koh Lanta off the western Andaman coast, and Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan on the east in the Gulf of Thailand.
There is of course plenty in between as well, not least of which the vibrant and very safe capital, the City of Angels Bangkok.
So many visitors pass straight through, and have a perception that Patong beach in Phuket is in some way representative of the rest of the Kingdom. Preconceptions that Bangkok (
Krung Thep) offers nothing but pollution and noise. For the slightly more intrepid visitor, once you give Bangkok a few days you'll see why so many visitors fall in love with the place.
In the heartland of Thailand you'll have the opportunity to trek, explore lost kingdoms, ride elephants, walk with tigers, raft and visit, and even stay with, hill tribe people.There are SO many authentic and tourist free areas of Thailand mostly ignored by visitors which can be quite easily accessed from the Capital. Towns and regions, like Loei, Nan, Khon Kaen, Mae Hong Son, Sukhothai, the "off the beaten path" list goes on and on.
Commercial ATOL ( Air Travel Organisers' Licensing) and TAT ( Tourism Authority of Thailand) protected companies that offer a range of trips including;
You'll have no trouble finding a trekking company in Chiang Mai, or a private guided tour of Bangkok, the options are limitless, with all ages and abilities catered for.
Thailand is still a country that can be easily explored with just a guidebook in hand. Transportation, accommodation are all user friendly and cater for Western clientele.
For visitors seeking a richer experience, the use of a private guide offers a very economical way to fast-track your Thai experience.
See the list of Thailand Tour Guides which have been collated from the genuine recommendations of Trip Advisor forum contributors over the years .
Thailand is an increasingly popular volunteer destination. With visitors being drawn to working with wildlife and outdoors can find many elephant projects in particular. Because of human trafficking in the region, there is also lots of orphanage and human rights work.