Visitors to Thailand will discover a country in transition from a nation of
developing status, to one of international standing in many areas. This is
what makes Thailand such a great place to visit. Thailand has a rich
cultural background, incredible diversity and a climate suitable for travel
almost year round. In fact Bangkok is rapidly becoming a centre for business
within South East Asia, due to its geographic location, but also due to the
fact that Thailand has a stable political system and a strong economy.
To complement Thailand's cultural and geographical attributes, is an
increasingly modern and already efficient infrastructure. The system of
highways, lesser roads and railways is fantastic and as good as any country.
Domestic flights in Thailand are all quite short so flying between centres
or even around the region, is definitely an option.
Thailand is the perfect destination, whether it is purely for leisure,
business or as an incentive destination. Visitors to Thailand will discover
a friendly, refreshing, safe and beautiful country.
Land of Smiles
If you ask any person who has visited Thailand, what it is that they loved
about the country? Many people would say it is the friendly people who make
for such a good experience. Thai people are known for their friendly smiles,
natural grace and kindness which is probably why so many people return to
Thailand for their holidays time after time.
TRAVELLING IN THAILAND
Visitors to Thailand will discover a land of contrasts between old and new,
modern and ancient. To illustrate this point it would be adequate to say
that there seems to be an appropriate form of transport for almost every
situation in Thailand wherever one travels.
Getting around Bangkok
For example, to wiz across Bangkok to a dazzling shopping mall where glitz
is the order of the day, you can jump on the Skytrain or go underground to
the subway to travel in air conditioned comfort in the most modern of
conveyances. Alternatively if you need to explore some of the older areas in
Bangkok you may be whisked away at speed in a long tail boat powered by huge
engines to venture into Thonburi canals where stilted houses line the
waterways and kids frolic in the water still in scenes from days gone by.
Moving further afield across Thailand is easy as the main tourist areas are
well serviced by air, road and often rail. There is a choice of service for
everyone depending on time and budget. Thailand's provincial airports are
all around one hours flying time from Bangkok making it convenient and time
effective to fly. Those who yearn for a more romantic way of traveling may
decide to take a train ride during the day to see the countryside or
overnight and wake up at your destination after sleeping to the sound of
train wheels on tracks and whistles in the night.
Overlanders will find an excellent system of roads across Thailand which has
probably the most advanced system of highways and by-ways in South East
Asia. Traveling by road offers another element to traveling in Thailand in
that it would be more flexible and offer the opportunity to stop along the
route at points of interest such as beautiful scenery or one of a myriad of
roadside sellers selling their fares.
Rustic Transport Variations
Local styles of travel also vary in Thailand and there is nothing better
than to try something different at the 'grass roots' level to personally
experience various forms of transport used by millions everyday across Asia.
For example the simple ox cart performs many functions for local communities
in days gone by such as taxi, truck or even as mobile advertising cart
complete with battery operated loudspeakers. Elephant, buffalo and bamboo
raft are other examples of forms of transport while the famous orange buses
which meander the back roads across the country allow the traveler to come
face to face with the people.
Traveling in Thailand has never been easier with all the local forms of
transport combined with Destination Asia's excellent network of cars, mini
vans and coach with experienced guides and drivers makes your travel a
pleasure rather than a task.
DESTINATIONS IN THAILAND
Travellers to Thailand are presented with an amazing choice of destinations
reflecting the diversity of its landscapes and built environments. The
streets and lanes of every village, town and city in Thailand offer scenes
of often incredible contrast between old and new, rich and poor modern and
antique. Venturing along these streets and lanes to witness this contrast
will often bring you within sight of a golden temple spire rising above the
rooftops. To enter the grounds of the temple will lead you to world of
glittering mirror mosaics and tinkling bells, an escape from the bustle
Thailand's landscapes vary incredibly also with tropical islands surrounded
by azure seas in the South, forested mountains in the North, fertile river
plains in the heartland and the Isaan plateau to the Northeast. The land is
like an artists canvas changing with the seasons. During the rainy season
the whole country will be bathed in a blanket of green with rice fields
being tended by farmers, rivers brimming with life and the sky often showing
Thailand's capital city Bangkok has become one of Asia's most dynamic and
exciting places where modernity meets tradition in all aspects. It is a
vibrant city which will leave its footprint in the mind of anyone who
Further afield Thailand offers ancient cities such as Chiang Mai the ancient
Lanna capital and now handicraft centre of Thailand which sits in a farming
valley surrounded by forested mountains; Hua Hin a quiet seaside fishing
village which has become a popular setting for holiday makers to visit the
beach and eat fresh seafood, explore a national park or have a round of golf
on one of several local international courses; Phuket island is the 'pearl
of the Andaman' and is surrounded by some of Asia's most amazing scenery and
the worlds best scuba diving sites; Samui Island offers a truly tropical
scene with coconut palm lined beaches and at times the most calm azure seas
to be found anywhere and for visitors seeking laid back rural lifestyles,
Angkor period ruins or pre-historic relics, the famed North East of Thailand
(Issan) is waiting to be discovered.
There is much more to Thailand for the slightly adventurous traveler willing
to 'get off the beaten track' and see some of the unknown places that
represent the real Thailand where daily life goes on behind the scenes.
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