Thailand is your golden ticket to tropical beaches, gleaming temples, and fiery food.
If you could list all the elements of your perfect holiday destination, they would probably include idyllic, unspoilt beaches, turquoise seas and pure, white sands. Perhaps it would also mention the odd bustling city with exotic markets and a vibrant, colourful nightlife. Well, that just about sums up Thailand and would account for why it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations for the adventurous and young at heart.
Thailand appeals to a wide variety of travellers, from those looking for pure luxury to backpackers. Its vast array of islands such as Phi Phi, Phuket and the ‘coconut island’ of Ko Samui and resorts offer something for everyone whatever their budget.
Famed for its outstanding beaches and resorts from Hua Hin and Pattaya to the secluded sands of Koh Chang near Cambodia and the famous full-moon parties of Koh Phang-Nga, Thailand offers its visitors relaxation and lasting memories.
But its not just sun and sand, there
is the wonderfully rich and accessible culture
to explore, from the temples of Bangkok to the hill
tribes of Chiang Mai.
Add to all this delicious food and a perfect climate and you too will fall in love with this exciting and hospitable country.
The December 2004 tsunami greatly damaged some towns and resorts on the west coast of Thailand, with the loss of hundreds of lives. Most of the affected areas have recovered (on the surface anyway) remarkably quickly. Many resorts, like Phuket, are pretty much back to normal while the coast of Khao Lak and Phi Phi are welcoming visitors but still have a fair amount of visible damage.
The currency in Thailand is the Bhat (THB). Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks (which give the best rates), hotels (charge high commissions) and bureau de changes which are found in the larger towns. Notes higher than 500 Bhat may be difficult to change so make sure you always carry small change.
American Express, Diners Club, Visa and MasterCard are all widely accepted and ATMs are available in the major cities and most provincial banks. Traveller’s cheques are accepted in all banks, large hotels and shops. To avoid additional exchange rate charges always carry either sterling, US dollar or euro traveller’s cheques.
Baan Khanitha & Gallery
Chote Chitre Restaurant
Cabbages & Condoms Restaurant
Silver Palace Restaurant
AOI Japanese Restaurant
Shin Daikoku Japanese Restaurant
Planet Bollywood Restaurant
Before travelling to Thailand you should check the Visa and Passport requirements at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.