Thailand

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Thailand  means the Land of humans and it is a destination, with the busy capital Bangkok, to the relaxed beaches  of Koh Samui.Thailand lined with palms, beautiful  beaches, superb cuisine, a rich cultural heritage, cheap shopping hundreds of buddhist temples, ancient villages what makes Thailand what its is today.Thailand is famous for its diving and snorkelling.Thailand could be one of the greatest travel experiences any traveler could have.Its said that the Thai people migrated to Thailand from their ancestral home in southern China into mainland Southeast Asia around the 10th century AD.When you say south east Asia , the first thing that comes to mind is beautiful Thailand.Thailand is a tourist hub for Europeans and Americans and well known with Budget travellers, backpackers and explorers.With the most beautiful coastline and amazing Thai people who just steal your hearts, its impossible not  to fall in love with Thailand.Thailand is one of the most largest countries in the world.Thailand shares international borders with Laos,Cambodia,Malaysia,and Myanmar. The weather in Thailand is tropical with high temperatures and humidity throughout the year.Temperatures in the north and northeast sometimes are even a few degrees higher like in Chang Mai and the area towards the border with Laos. 


Bangkok is the capital of Thailand.There are many attractive things to see such as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, The Grand Place, the canals and much more. Moreover, Bangkok is the heaven for shopping. Chatuchak market and Mahboonkrong shopping centre are well known among tourist.

Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand,It's an ideal destination for travellers seeking a change from bustling Bangkok. Chiang Mai is a region with beautiful and rugged region or mountains, waterfalls, and incredible views.

Patong Beach , Udon Thani, Surat Thani, Ao Nang, Chiang Rai ,Phitsanulok ,Khon Kaen, Krabi ( beach town along the southwestern coastline), Hua Hin,Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Sawan, Nakhon Phanom,Phetchaburi, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya ,Mae Hong Son,Mae Sai and Songkhla are some of the other cities in Thailand apart from Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

Thailand has plenty of  beaches. For many travellers these beaches are the main draw to Thailand. With stunning white sand and crystal clear water it is no wonder the Thai beaches attract millions of tourist every year. 

Phuket
The island is very popular for its beaches, the most famous of which is Patong Beach.There is also an excellent nightlife in Phuket.

Phi Phi Islands
The Phi Phi Islands became world famous with the shooting of The Beach in 1998. They are situated in the south of Thailand ,beautiful and popular island but very expensive.

Other islands are Koh Samui, Koh Lanta , Koh Samet  and Koh Chang towards the border with Cambodia.There are many nice beaches in mainland Bangkok which are Pattaya, Hua Hin and Cha-Am. Mainland beaches are much easier and cheaper to get.

Khao Yai National Park
Khao Yai National Park is located several hours northeast of the capital Bangkok in the Isaan region of Thailand. It is a very attractive park with lush green forests, some wildlife and a very relaxed atmosphere and good places to stay.The Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Ancient ruins
Apart from nature, beaches and cities there are several well preserved ancient ruins which are located mostly north of the capital Bangkok. The most famous include Ayutthaya, the old capital of Thailand and Sukhothai, Thailand's first capital. Both are on the UNESCO World Heritage List because of their historical and cultural significance for Thailand.

Khao Sok National Park
Khao Sok National Park is a big park in the south of the country, located in the Surat Thani Province. It contains one of the largest and oldest rainforests in Thailand and its dense jungle is great for hiking. The park is one of the best in the country for viewing a wide variety of flora and fauna, including the Rafflesia, monkeys, birds and even larger animals such as wild board and deer.

Few other places to Visit in Thailand are:
Golden Triangle
Isaan region
Water fall and bush walking
Hill tribe Villages

Festivals in Thailand
Songkran
Songkran (Thai New Year) is the biggest party of the year, held during the hot month of April.The place to be in Thailand to fully experience Songkran is Chiang Mai. Songkran used to be calculated based on astrology but now the dates are the same every year.Some people also go to Buddhist monastery to pray and also to give food to monks. 

Food is rather cheap in Thailand if you stick to local food. Most dishes are served with rice but it is also possible to find different kinds of noodles.Thai food is very spicy.The two most famous Thai cusine in Thailand is Papaya salad and tom yum soup.
 
 
Thai food is eaten with fresh vegetables.Fresh fruits are also easily obtained in the markets for a cheap price, where the most common fruits are mango, banana, pineapple and watermelon. Snacks are also very common in the streets, markets and shopping malls and it can be very nice to take a snack while investigating the local market.
 
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