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    Known as the exotic “land of smiles”, if you study a map of Thailand, you will see it can be broken into three main regions: North, Central and South, with each subregion having something distinctly special to offer. From the northern highlands bordering with Laos and Myanmar, through to the central plains of Bangkok and its surrounds and down to the south towards Malaysia with its abundant coastlines and archipelago of magnificent islands.

    Thailand is known as the gateway to Southeast Asia and offers visitors a unique perspective on the breadth of history in the region along with Thailand’s rich cultural contributions. The country offers adventure and intrigue mixed with a bit of chaos, where old meets new.

    Thailand destinations and attractions are plentiful. The southern coastline and islands are most popular for water sports, sailing, scuba diving, snorkelling and partying. The northern part with its mountain ranges, valleys, rivers,  wildlife, ancient villages, hill tribes and temples, is popular for hiking, history and cultural enthusiasts and nature lovers.

    Central Thailand attractions involve fantastic shopping and eating experiences in Bangkok coupled with some day trips to other must-see places in Thailand including the 13th century Ayutthaya world heritage site and 11th century Lopburi and more modern history such as the infamous labour camps of WWII in Kanchanaburi with the “Bridge over the River Kwai” Death bridge, World War II museums and cemeteries. 

    Getting around Thailand is easy. It has several airports connecting international and domestic flights throughout the country with the main airport in Bangkok having a direct rail link. Bangkok metropolitan area has an extensive rail network which extends throughout the kingdom to get you to some of the top destinations in Thailand.  Buses are readily available and travel cross country ranging from basic and non-air-conditioned to more luxurious buses with extra amenities. Ferry services are used from the mainland to travel to many of the islands in the south. The best places to visit in Thailand are only limited by your imagination.

    How do you get around Thailand?

    Thailand has several airports connecting international and domestic flights throughout the country with the main Thailand airport in Bangkok having a direct rail link. Bangkok metropolitan area has an extensive rail network which extends throughout the kingdom to get you to some of the best destinations in Thailand. The trains are safe and clean, with long-distance carriages offering three classes of comfort. Buses are readily available and travel cross country ranging from basic and non-air-conditioned to more luxurious buses with extra amenities. Ferry services are used from the mainland to travel to many of the islands in the south. There’s also rental cars, taxis, motorcycle taxis, Thai local-style tuk-tuks (rickshaws) and songthaews (pick-up trucks).


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where is Thailand located?

    Thailand is located in Southeast Asia and is bordered by the Gulf of Thailand, Cambodia and Laos to the east, Malaysia to the south, and Myanmar to the north and west.

    Is Thailand a safe country?

    Thailand is considered one of the safest countries in Southeast Asia. But from time to time there are political tensions and public protests in Bangkok, and it is advised to avoid some provinces in the southern tip of Thailand because of ongoing ethnic and racial conflicts.  Check your home country’s travel advice on this. Thailand also has strict laws (lèse majesté) about defaming the monarchy, therefore its best to avoid discussing the Royal family altogether.
    Transportation scams like non-metered taxis charging exorbitant prices continue to plague urban tourist centres, as do petty crimes like pickpocketing.  It is recommended to exercise standard safety precautions such as keeping an eye on your belongings, not carrying too many valuables around and generally staying alert as you would in any new environment.

    Is it cheap in Thailand?

    Compared to first-world nations, Thailand is significantly cheaper making it a great budget destination. Northern Thailand is considered to be the cheapest region.

    Do I need a visa for Thailand?

    Australian Passport holders may obtain a free tourist visa on arrival for up to 30 days if entering by aircraft or for  15 days if entering overland. This visa exemption only applies to persons with a confirmed onward ticket and at least 6 months passport validity.

    What to do in Thailand?

    Thailand tourist attractions are diverse and location-specific. The southern coastline and islands are most popular for water sports, sailing, scuba diving, snorkelling and partying. The northern part with its mountain ranges, valleys, rivers,  wildlife, ancient villages, hill tribes and temples, is popular for hiking, history and cultural enthusiasts and nature lovers. Central Thailand holidays generally involve fantastic shopping and eating experiences in Bangkok coupled with some day trips to the 13th century Ayutthaya world heritage site and 11th century Lopburi and more modern history such as the infamous labour camps of WWII in Kanchanaburi.

    What is the capital of Thailand?

    Bangkok is the capital of the kingdom of Thailand and located on the Chao Phraya River delta in the country’s central plain. 

    Where to go in Thailand?

    Top destinations and luxury escapes, Thailand include Chiang Mai- a rich cultural mecca in the mountainous north, Bangkok, UNESCO world heritage sites of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya in central Thailand and the southern islands of the Andaman Sea isles like Phuket,  Phi Phi, Krabi or Khao Sok National Park, and within the Gulf of Thailand such as Koh Samui or Koh Phangnan.

    How do you get around Thailand?

    Top destinations and luxury escapes, Thailand include Chiang Mai- a rich cultural mecca in the mountainous north, Bangkok, UNESCO world heritage sites of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya in central Thailand and the southern islands of the Andaman Sea isles like Phuket,  Phi Phi, Krabi or Khao Sok National Park, and within the Gulf of Thailand such as Koh Samui or Koh Phangnan.

    Is English spoken in Thailand?

    English is not very widely spoken throughout Thailand. You will find some English-speaking locals in high-density tourist areas but their level will be very basic. Thank Goodness for Google Translate!

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