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Overview to Thailand: Travel Guide and Tourist Information


Exploring tropical islands, steaming jungles and magical temples glinting in the sun; picking up a bowl of noodles in the food stalls for next to nothing… Thailand isn’t so much the perfect backpacker’s destination, as a piece of pure backpacking folklore.

Leave behind the hectic pace of Bangkok – all Go-Go bars, night markets and noisy tuk-tuks pelting along the Khao San Road – and Thailand soon opens up into a beautiful country, at once both quietly mystical and heaving with life.

Shrouded in mists, Mae Hong Son’s jagged peaks are a haunting sight, lingering in the mind long after they’ve been left behind. Trekking in the north, there’s also the opportunity to come into contact with chao-khao (hill-tribes), and explore the former opium frontier of the ‘Golden Triangle’ where Thailand borders Myanmar and Laos.

The relatively unexplored Isaan Region (to the northeast of the country) is an endless series of paddy fields. Beyond Khorat are also some of the country’s most remarkable historical sights: Phanom Rung, Phimai and a host of other crumbling Khmer ruins poking out of the undergrowth.

The south of the country, along the Andaman coast and the Gulf of Thailand, is very much the hedonists’ trail. Here travelers lounge under the swaying palms on island paradises like Ko Phi Phi, or let rip at the full moon parties of Ko Pha-Ngan. But, away from the crowds, there are still many miles of empty beaches and deserted coves.

Whether it’s the grand temples and palaces, the noise and color of a night market or the vivid spectacle of a Thai Boxing match, of one thing there’s little doubt: Thailand is a country of unforgettable sights - the dazzling jewel of Southeast Asia