Thailand – “Land of Smiles” offers wide variety of choices for the travelers from diverse landscapes to sun-drenched beaches, from open air markets to the modern air–conditioned shopping malls with world class shopping opportunities. Not only Thai hospitality is famous world over but also nobody can stay away to appreciate the tempting Thai cuisine. Thailand has got the best golf facilities with over 40 most scenic and challenging golf courses in South East Asia. Thai Spa has redefined the meaning of rejuvenation and relaxation all over the world. Worldwide hotel chains are here suiting all kind of budgets. With a huge choice for what to buy and from where to buy, Thailand has got the best of gems and jewellery, exquisite Thai silk, souvenirs, etc.
Places to see and things to do in Thailand:
Bangkok: The city of angles – located on the banks of Chao Phraya River is one of best vibrant capitals of the world with exciting night life and clubs. The ultimate shopping destination is also the getaway to many of the pristine beach resorts and wonderful islands of Thailand. Grand Palace and the temple of the Emerald Buddha along with cruise of Chao Phraya River. For family fun try the famous theme parks of Safari world and Dream world. For golfers, 18 hole championship golf courses available near Bangkok including green and caddy fees.
Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai: located 700 kms north of Bangkok, Chiang Mai is the bustling city popular with Thai and international tourists. The major attractions are visit to hill tribe villages, elephant trekking through the jungle, river rafting and excursion to Doi Intanon, the highest mountain in Thailand. Further north, Chiang Rai also has many hill tribal villages, nearby town of Chiang Saen at the Golden Triangle, overlooking Mekong River; one can see Thailand, Myanmar and Laos from there. Doi Tung is a beautiful mountain to visit there.
Patttaya: About 2 hours drive east of Bangkok, the beach resort of Pattaya is also called ‘Asia’s playground’. One of the major attractions is coral island of ‘Koh Larn’ which can be covered by speed boats; you can relax, go for water sports or have fun in the beachside cafes. Vibrant nightlife here has plenty of discos, nightclubs and restaurants.
Phuket: Often called ‘Pearl of the Orient’ is now the one of the most famous island for honeymooners and leisure tourists alike. The perfect vacation place, Phuket has got extraordinary natural beauty with superb tourism facilities. Water of Andaman Sea, makes Phuket an ideal place to go for water sports including snorkeling, sailing, wind surfing or deep sea and fishing. Family fun includes theme park of Phuket Fantasea, Khao Sok Jungle safari and everyone’s favorite excursions to Phi Island and James Bond Island.
Krabi: With sun drenches beaches and lush tropical greenery spilling on the shore, Krabi is the most beautiful province along the Andaman Coast. There are also offshore islands, most famous the Phi island, location for the movie ‘The Beach’ and new popular Ko Lanta.
Ko Sumai: Moving across to the eastern side of the southern peninsula, facing the Gulf of Thailand, Ko Sumai with Phuket is the Thailand’s most popular beach resort destination. Matching the blue of the sea with green of lush tropical vegetation is Sumai’s hilly interior, where there is plenty of scope for excursions. Nearby Ang Thong Marine National Park is a group of protected islands of spectacular natural beauty.
More to explore: Beach resorts of Hua Hin & Cha Am are preferred vacation destination for Royal family and Thai upper class. 3 to 4 hours drive from Bangkok both the destinations are linked by the stretch of golden beaches. The younger generation has attracted to the Phangnan Islands for their famed ‘Full Moon Parties’.
Pad thai: fried rice noodles with bean sprouts, peanuts, eggs, chillies and prawns. Good value and found everywhere.
Kaeng Keow Wan: Classic Thai curry, green and slightly sweet. Cooked with a variety of meat – chicken, beef, pork, shrimp and roasted duck.
Kaeng Som: Fish or shrimp and vegetable ragout with a spicy and sour flavour.
Tom Yum: A hot and spicy Thai style soup made with either, chicken, fish or seafood.
Khao Soy: Famous all over the country Khao Soy is predominantly consists of two dishes of noodles, one fried and one boiled, in a coconut curry broth along with chicken or beef and a whole host of other condiments in separate dishes.
Khao Phad: fried rice with pork, chicken, sausage, or seafood.
Phad Phak: fried vegetables with pork, chicken, meat or seafood.
Fruit lovers will be in heaven as there is an extraordinary variety of fresh, succulent fruit ranging from the familiar, such as pineapple, mango, coconut, orange, banana, guava and papaya, to the exotic such as durian, with its distinctive aroma, jackfruit, rose apples and longans.
Seafood: With its extensive coastline, and numerous islands, Thai cooking features a lot of fresh seafood, and its of the highest quality. Prawns and shrimp appear in many dishes, while luxuries such as lobster, crayfish, and crab will feature as a main course. Wherever possible ensure that shellfish is fresh – as a general rule, the closer you are to the sea, the fresher the seafood.
Emergency numbers in Thailand:
Police / Ambulance / Fire: 191, Tourist Police: 1155.
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