Thailand should be on any discerning tourist’s list of countries to visit. The people are friendly, the food is terrific and the beaches are second to none. Thailand is an enigma: you will love and hate some things at the same time, but you will find yourself constantly being drawn back to the land of sunshine smiles.
The majority of visitors arrive at Bangkok’s new Suvarnabhumi International Airport. From there, downtown Bangkok is easily accessible. Ensure that the taxi driver has his meter turned on before he heads off: some of them are notorious for trying to con money out of unsuspecting tourists, and be aware that driving in Thailand tends to be a little more reckless than it is in the UK!
Places of Interest
Tourists flock to the old town area of Bangkok to see the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and to take a boat trip down the Chao Phraya River to visit the Temple of Dawn and the floating market.
Siam-Ratchadamri is one of the biggest shopping districts in the city and visitors can buy all their souvenirs as well as many useful gadgets or clothes for themselves. There are a number of top hotels in this area too, which means that tourists do not have to tackle the Bangkok traffic each time they venture out to shop.
After a few days in Thailand, why not take a short plane ride to Phuket? It only takes one hour, and flights are frequent. Spend a few days on the beach soaking up the sun before trying any of the myriad activities on offer. The nightlife is extremely hedonistic, but the friendliness of the locals will keep you wanting to go back.
Although the completely different culture in Thailand may seem strange initially, you are sure to fall in love with the place – and be bowled over by the friendliness of the Thai people.
Picture: Shelby PDX