Thailand, the heart of south-east Asia. Frankly, everyone knows why to go to the Kingdom. It’s cheap, it’s cheerful, it’s absolutely stunningly gorgeous and it is full of culture. Bangkok may be noisy and congested but it is the gateway to all the dazzle Thailand has to offer.
Visitors usually have the choice of visiting either the north or the south, and if lucky, both. The north is more of a cultural expedition, where visitors go to revel at temples and swim in the crystal clear waters of the Mekong river. But if you prefer, you could always choose to head south – down the centre of the Indochina peninsula – where luxurious resorts and backpackers cram the resorts.
That’s not to say there are no quiet places to visit. Travellers are spoilt for choice between the beautiful island-laden Andaman sea where deserted islands are countless and where climbing enthusiasts would rather never leave. Otherwise, there is always the possibility to explore the other side of the peninsula – in the Gulf of Thailand – to dive the beautiful reefs, enjoy the tropical warmth of the water and party on the famous islands of Ko Samui, Ko Tao and Ko Pha Ngnan.
Thailand is a dream, so much so that travellers sometimes decide to never leave.