ultimate guide to Thailand

Tropical, traditional and exciting! Your ultimate guide to Thailand

With a fascinating mix of culture, cuisine and coastlines, Thailand is Asia’s ultimate travel destination. The country is as cosmopolitan as it is traditional; in the background of neon-lit nights and high-rise buildings are the typical fishing and farming communities. Everywhere you look, the sky seems to meet the sea in this tropical paradise.

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A tempting getaway favored by princes and paupers alike, Thailand offers a varied menu of relaxation, rejuvenation and recreation. The simple but refined cuisine serves the fundamental flavors of sweet, spicy, sour and salty, unique and delicious in perfect preparations. This Buddhist nation is charmingly colorful in its cultural aspects, reflected in its religious festivals, cave shrines and other sacred spaces. The fields and forests evoke a charm like no other in their simplicity and surrealism.

 
And when all is explored and viewed, Thailand shows you a way to slow down life with holistic spa therapies, just perfect for calming down and cooling down before heading home or another adventure.
And when all is explored and viewed, Thailand shows you a way to slow down life with holistic spa therapies, just perfect for calming down and cooling down before heading home or another adventure.
 

Amazingness Abound: The Dream Destinations of Thailand

From concrete cosmopolitans and temple towns to remote islands, Thailand is blessed with breathtaking beauty everywhere.

Bangkok – Usually the first stop on everyone’s itinerary, Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is as beautiful as a city can be, thanks to its gold-covered temples, street markets, spas and thriving nightlife.

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Ko Lipe – Welcome to the ideal island life of blissful beaches, reggae bars and an infectiously relaxed and chilled atmosphere.

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Chiang Mai – A traditional Thai temple town, Chiang Mai is an idyllic retreat for long, relaxing walks and connecting with your spiritual self.

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Phuket – Bring out your flip-flops and wander through streets and alleys filled with artistic cafes, small Taoist shrines, shopping shacks and eccentric galleries.

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Ko Samui – This island has everything on the table: sunbathing on the beach, enjoying world-class cuisine, partying all night on the beach and treating yourself to some spa therapy.

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If Thailand is on your mind, take advantage of this great limited time offer from ixigo and make your holiday much easier on your pocket.
 

Street Smarts: spa and shopping

Spa

The pursuit of indulgence brings everyone from all over the world to Thailand. It has a world-renowned healing history of traditional massage, a therapeutic practice with origins in Chinese and Indian medicine. Some of the best spas in the country are in Bangkok, Bophut Bay, Hua Hin and Phuket Town.

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Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort & Spa – Bophut Bay

Best for: Swedish massage, Dawn Renewal Treatment and the Anantara Lawana Coconut Paradise

Banyan Tree Spa – Phuket Town

Best for: The Royal Banyan Treatment, Master Therapist Experience

The Oriental Spa – Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Best for: Oriental Organic Journey, The Rose Essence of Heaven treatment

Shopping

You’ll need all your shopping stamina, because Thailand is rightly one of the world’s best shopping destinations. From designer goods, silks, antiques, snacks and souvenirs to well over $2 T-shirts, there will never be a dull moment for shoppers at the country’s many night markets, luxury malls and floating markets. The best places for shopping are Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Krabi and Hua Hin.

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Note for customers: Don’t forget to buy Thai Silk, Coconut Wind Chimes, Thai Spa Products, paper umbrellas and a bottle of Magic Alambic Rum (a locally made delicious souvenir).

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Seasons in the Sun: Best Time to Visit

Thailand sees three seasons: Rainy (May – October), caused by the southwest monsoon, dumping moisture collected from the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, winter (November – February) and summer (March – May). Winter is the most enjoyable time to visit Thailand, although temperatures can still reach a hot 30°C in the middle of the day, the evenings are much cooler. In summer, temperatures often rise to 35°C in Bangkok, but this can be considered the best time to hit the beach. Most importantly, the rainy season should be avoided as it plays spoilsport and dampens all the fun; also the dirt roads become very muddy to navigate through.

Thailand should definitely be part of your ever-growing bucket list of places to travel to. Whether you are a backpacker, an adventurer or a luxury traveler, this country is the most idyllic destination for your next holiday.
Thailand should definitely be part of your ever-growing bucket list of places to travel to. Whether you are a backpacker, an adventurer or a luxury traveler, this country is the most idyllic destination for your next holiday.

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