Thailand elephants

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The Kingdom of Thailand has long been one of the most popular destinations in Southeast Asia. Holidays to Thailand are absolutely delightful for holidaymakers who want to enjoy an exceptional cultural experience, good food, and pristine beaches, among other things. The weather in Thailand is warm all year round, which makes this a great place for sun worshippers to visit.

Beautiful islands
There are literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands to explore in Thailand. These range from large islands that boast thriving nightlife scenes such as Phuket and Samui in the south of Thailand to more chilled out destinations such as Koh Samed, Koh Chang and Koh Kut. All of these islands come complete with golden sandy beaches and are lapped by clear blue waters. Water sports such as scuba diving, snorkelling and sailing are available on most of these islands, while they are also great places to simply unwind for a while and soak up the sun.

Luxurious resorts
Thailand is famous for its luxurious resorts, which are sure to appeal to people who enjoy a little pampering while they are on holiday. In addition to stylishly decorated rooms and suites, these resorts feature world class spas, fitness centres, restaurants that provide gourmet dining experiences and large swimming pools for guests to lounge beside.

Ancient temples
People who want to get a feel for the rich history of Thailand can visit ancient temple sites such as Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. These temple complexes feature dozens of gently crumbling temples that date back several centuries and offer an interesting insight into Thailand’s past.

Thai cuisine
No trip to Thailand would be complete without sampling the country’s cuisine. Thai food is as rich and varied as the country itself and features a large number of curry dishes as well as dishes of stir fried vegetables and meat or seafood, soups and spicy salads. Night markets and street stalls can be found in every part of Thailand that sell a variety of cheap and tasty Thai dishes and dining at these locations is a great way to get an introduction to authentic Thai cuisine.

Be sure to sample some of Thailand's street food. Pic: AP.

Shopping opportunities
Night markets are also great places to indulge in a spot of shopping and they usually open at around 5pm. Thailand is also home to the largest outdoor market in the whole of Asia, namely Chatuchak Market, which can be found in Bangkok and is open of Saturdays and Sundays. This huge market sells almost everything imaginable under the sun and people who have mastered the delicate art of haggling will be able to find some great bargains here.

Most large towns and cities also boast a number of modern shopping centres, which feature international chain stores as well as Thai shops and boutiques. A number of traditional floating markets can also be found in several parts of Thailand and these are great places to purchase fresh local produce.

Of course, these are just a few of the great things that Thailand has to offer visitors. One of the great things about Thailand is that tours are readily available that allow travellers to visit some of the country’s most popular attractions and destinations in comfort and style. The Thai people are famous for their hospitality and are always ready to greet visitors with a warm smile.