Thailand welcomes some 15 million overseas visitors every year, many of them repeat visitors. So what do they come for? Among other things, magnificent temples, sumptuous meals, a glorious climate and a friendly, easy-going people who welcome visitors to come and share their rich cultural heritage. Add to these the stunning scenery, from the mountains in the North to the jungles in the South, and of course some of the best beaches in the world, and you begin to understand why people love to spend their holidays in Thailand. Come and see for yourself.
The kingdom of Thailand lies in the heart of Southeast Asia, making it a natural gateway to Indochina, Myanmar and Southern China
The first civilization in Thailand is believed to have been the Mons. They settled quickly and gave birth to several local kingdoms. A Buddhist culture arrived with them, brought from the Indian subcontinent. In 1238, two Thai chieftains rebelled against Khmer suzerainty and established the first truly independent Thai kingdom in Sukhothai. In the north, other Thai war parties conquered the old Mon state of Haripunjaya and in 1296 founded the kingdom of Lanna.
Thailand (or Siam as it was called until 1939) is the only country in Southeast Asia that was never colonized by a foreign power although it has been invaded by the Burmese and the Khmers often and was briefly occupied by the Japanese in WWII
The country nowadays comprises 77 provinces. Bangkok is the capital city and centre of political, commercial, industrial and cultural activities and it is also the seat of Thailand’s revered Royal Family, with His Majesty the King recognized as Head of State. The King has reigned for more than half a century, making him the longest reigning Thai monarch.
Thailand embraces a rich diversity of cultures and traditions. With its proud history, tropical climate and renowned hospitality, the Kingdom is a never-ending source of fascination and pleasure for international visitors to refill their energy through unforgettable holidays.
Cosmopolitan Bangkok, historic and scenic Kanchanaburi, splendid Khmer ruins and the magnificent Khao Yai National Park; Central and Northeastern Thailand has a unique variety of attractions for everyone.
Thailand’s fine white-sand beaches are among the world’s most famous with their wide variety of resorts and beachfront villas to suit every taste and budget.
Northern Thailand’s distinctive cultures have always enchanted its visitors. Start from Chiang Mai with its exquisite temples, enticing markets and delicious northern cuisine; follow with Chiang Rai and the border towns of the Golden Triangle. Add to these the stunning mountain scenery and the ethnic diversity of the region and the North has everything to make it the highlight of any holiday in Thailand.