Thailand offers many of the quintessential Southeast Asian travel experiences: spectacular scenery, a rich culture and history, a friendly population, and a cuisine as rich in color and appearance as in taste. Choose from scores of tropical islands, multiple historic centres dotted with fascinating ruins dating as far back as 600 AD. For those seeking an intense megalopolis experience, the nation’s capital, Bangkok, never fails to disappoint. For first-time visitors to Thailand.
Include Bangkok, Kanchanaburi and historic centres like Ayutthaya & Sukhothai. The northern capital of Chiang Mai remains a traveler’s favorite, with other northern centres including Mae Hong Son, Pai and Chiang Rai enjoying a steady stream of travelers looking for exotic destinations or just a laid-back vibe. Those with an interest in Thailand’s Khmer period often strike into the northeast, visiting the spectacular ruins at Phanom Rung and Phimai.