Peaceful temples, lush mountain jungles, a coastline fringed with idyllic island and azure waters. Thailand, "the land of smiles", is a country of beauty and deep spiritual culture.
Thailands cosmopolitan capital Bangkok, is a mix of skyscrapers, modern shopping mall, river houses, markets and ancient buildings of Buddhist temples and golden royal palaces. Bangkok is famous for its cuisine which can be enjoyed in the night markets of China Town, Kraisi Street in the Banglamphu district or if you are looking for something a little more refined in the iconic Blue Elephant restaurant, just of few of the varied places on offer.
An hours flight north of Bangkok is Chiang Mai a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of Thailand capital. Dating back to the 13th century Chiang Mai is bound by city walls and five gates. It has over 300 temples but its the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre that it is most famous for. It also has a wonderful night market that extends along the Chang Khlan road for 1km. Here you can find handmade goods,souvenirs and food.
Thailand has an enormous array of islands offering wonderful opportunities for diving swimming and sunbathing. The three largest islands are Phuket which lies in the Andaman Sea, Koh Samui found in the gulf on Thailand and Koh Chang also in the Gulf of Thailand. Is has 2130 square kilometers of coral reef ideal for any avid scuba diver. Many of its islands have been developed for tourist but there are still a few that are protected parks.
Thailand has a very good network of internal flights allowing visitor easy access to all its regions so its very easy to arrange a multicenter holiday. They have an exorbitant number of hotels of high standard offering a multitude of facilities.
Blessed with a tropical climate, Thailand is an all year round destination. Its offers a wide range of holidays including luxury holiday, beach and family holidays, historic and cultural tours, scuba diving and activity holidays including water sports. Young or old there is a corner of Thailand that will suit and cater to your need.
For more information about Thailand and to book your next holiday call our specialists at Diplomat Travel on 020 7730 2201.
International dialling code: 00 66
Main Airport: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
Typical flying time: 11 hours
Visa Requirements: not required for British passport holders staying under 30 days. Passport must be vailid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival.
Health requirements: Hepatisis A, polio and typhoid are advisable. Malaria may be necessary if traveling to certain areas. Yellow fever immunisation is essential if arriving from infected areas.
Currency: Thai Baht (Bt) = 100 satang. (All major credit cards accepted). US dollars and travellers cheques are recommended.
Tipping: 10% is usual for tips.
Time: GMT +7
Electricity: 220 volts (Adaptor required)
Driving: They drive on the left. Internation driving licence is required.