There is so much to see and do in Thailand that few visitors can
resist returning. With an expansive coast line and gorgeous
tropical islands, Thailand is justly famed for its wonderful
beaches and laid-back lifestyle. Inland, there are the iconic
sights of lush jungles, rolling hills and rice paddies. As a
country of Buddhists, there is also an abundance of golden temples
and beautiful, spiritually-inspired architecture. One word of
caution though: to avoid the common fate of temple fatigue, don't
try to see too much. Rather concentrate on a few key attractions
and spend some quality time in each of them.
In contrast is the buzzing atmosphere of Bangkok, whose neon
lights and smoggy streets blend with gardens and floating markets
to create a unique hybrid of old and new - at a frenetic pace.
One reason why Thailand is such a rewarding sightseeing
destination is that it has retained its distinctive identity in the
face of significant western influence. That makes visiting here an
exciting and exotic experience, whether you are resort loving beach
bum or an adrenaline junky exploring hill tribes and river rapids.
More good news is that Thailand is blessed with year-round
temperate weather so you visit at any time.
Getting around is fairly easy and remarkably safe. An excellent
bus network connects even far-flung towns with the major cities,
while a comfortable sleeper train connects Chang Mai in the far
north with the capital Bangkok. Many people prefer to see the
sights via organised tours and air-conditioned buses, but by doing
so you risk missing out on the fun of getting between attractions,
where you will encounter local people in unexpected ways.