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Reasons to Visit Thailand

  • Beaches

    For some Thailand is synonymous with beaches and there is no debating that many of the islands and beaches in the south of the county are truly stunning with a dramatic backdrop of limestone casts which literally erupt out of the water. Many of the islands are still relatively undeveloped and the crystal clear water and abundance of marine life make for some stunning diving and snorkelling.

    Beaches
  • Local cuisine

    An absolute paradise for food lovers, from the spicy soups of the north to the sublime creamy green curries in the south, Thai food is adored by visitors and locals alike. For those who wish to broaden their palate Bangkok is one of the cuisine capitals of the world with food from virtually corner of the planet represented in the various stalls and restaurants.

    Local cuisine
  • Local culture

    "Mai pen rai" is a common expression used by the Thais which means "it's all right". This sums up their approach to life and is reflected in their warm smiles and genuine love for giving warm and friendly service to the farangs (friends) who visit their country. Many people say their main reason for repeat visits is down to the warmth of the people. This warmth permeates through all levels of Thai society from city dwellers to the many ethnic hill tribe people living in the north of the country.

    Local culture
  • National Parks

    Nowhere does the natural beauty of Thailand shine through more than in the national parks dotted around the country. Thailand has one of the highest percentages of protected land of any nation in the world. Whilst today the larger species such as the Asiatic bear and Asian tiger are rather elusive, there are still great viewing opportunities available including hornbills in Doi Inthanon, wild elephants in Khao Yai and giant manta rays in the Similan Islands.

    National Parks
  • Temples

    The majority of Thais are devout Buddhists and this devotion manifests itself in the ornate and wonderfully sculptured temples, or wats, which can be found in every part of the country. The two most famous examples are Wat Pho in the capital, Bangkok and the magnificent Doi Suthep in the northern town of Chiang Mai which is perched on a hill overlooking the city. However a typical journey through Thailand will throw up an array of more subtle but no less interesting wats where the locals can be seen paying their respects to Buddha.

    Temples
 
 

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Visit Khao Yai National Park, Isaan

Established in 1961, this is Thailand’s oldest national park and is highly regarded by naturalists. There are some 200 wild elephants, as well as sambar and barking deer, gaur, wild pigs, bats, gibbons and macaques.

Khao Yai National Park

Isaan, Thailand

Established in 1961, this is Thailand’s oldest national park and is highly regarded by naturalists.

Covering an area of 2,172 square kilometres and rising from 400 to 1,400 metres above sea level, it features one of the largest intact monsoon forests in mainland Asia.

Fauna and flora

Among the residents of the national park are some 200 wild elephants, as well as sambar and barking deer, gaur, wild pigs, bats, gibbons and macaques. For bird lovers the park is home to Thailand’s largest population of hornbills. There are also vast numbers of flowering trees and shrubs to be found here, as well as many beautiful butterflies.

Walking trails

The park has over 50 kilometres of hiking trails so walking is a big attraction. There are many trails to choose from and experienced guides are on hand to help you make the most of your time here.

A night safari by jeep is one of the best ways to spot wildlife, with December to February being the best time to see elephants.

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