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  • Buddha Statues are everywhere in Thailand. Be sure to take lots of photos on your Thailand vacation packages.
  • The Grand Palace of Bangkok at night is a stunning inclusion for your Thailand vacation.
  • Phra Singh temple in Chiang Mai is a must for all trips to Thailand.
  • Farmers harvesting rice
  • The long-tail boat is native to Southeast Asia and is a great addition for all Thailand tours.

What is it about Thailand that makes it a major tourist destination? It could be the world famous mouth-watering cuisine, the exotic culture with its magnificent temples and palaces, the spectacular scenery which includes the multitude of pristine white sand beaches and turquoise seas, majestic mountains, fast flowing rivers wending their way through jungles or its long history and interesting archaeological sites all to be found on Thailand tours. 

Perhaps it’s the friendly welcome from the Thai people. Thailand is often called the land of smiles and rightly so. The people will make an impression on you with their gentleness and polite, respectful approach. Perhaps this involves the major religion here, Buddhism which is all pervasive. Avery revered person is the King of Thailand and that is why the country is called the Kingdom of Thailand with its constitutional monarchy.

It might be helpful to consider Thailand as having 3 different specific geographical areas of interest.

The city of Bangkok

The first would naturally be the city of Bangkok which is a must inclusion on your Thailand vacation. With its teeming life and natural abundance of energy where temples sit side by side with canals and markets. It is one of Asia's most cosmopolitan cities with magnificent temples and palaces, authentic canals, busy markets and a vibrant nightlife that has something for everyone on Thailand tours.

Some of the more important venues and activitieson trips to Thailand include the following. The Grand Palace complex, the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782, situated right on the Chao Phraya River is a must see as is a cruise on the river itself. Perhaps take one of the ferries sailing up and down the river from which you can get on and off at leisure at any of the sites along the way. . On the riverbanks, you can also visit the Wat Pho Temple with its Reclining Buddha, the Wat Phra Kaeo Temple with its Emerald Buddha and the Wat Arun Temple also known as the Temple of Dawn. 

Thai boats on the beach

A unique experience in Thailand

Worth a visit on a Thailand vacation is the Jim Thompson House, the CIA-operative's mansion assembled by combining six traditional Thai-style houses and the Vimanmek Mansion, the largest golden teakwood house in the world. The street markets and night bazaars are second to none and offer a wide array of merchandise at excellent prices.

Where to visit in Northern Thailand

The second area of interest would be a visit to Northern Thailand perhaps travelling overland via such ancient cities as Sukhothai, a world heritage site and the first capital of Thailand dating back to the 13th Century with its restored temples and monuments and nearby Ayuthaya, another world heritage site and previous capital with extensive archaeological discoveries. 

Close to Bangkok are two very interesting side trips, both of which are included on most trips to Thailand. The first is the Kanchanaburi region famous as the place where the “Bridge over the River Kwai” was located. Here you can visit the bridge, the cemetery and stay overnight in a floating hotel. The other is to travel to Damnoen Saduak to experience a traditional floating market and also visit the Rose Garden for a show including Thai traditional dancing, Thai boxing and musical entertainment. Although there are many beach resorts throughout Thailand, mainly in the south of the country, there are a few which are not too far from Bangkok such as Pattaya, Hua Hin, Ko Samet and Ko Chang.  

Chiang Mai

On a Thai vacation, Chiang Mai is the principal city in the north where the ambience is much more serene than that of Bangkok. It is surrounded by mountains and lush countryside and is known as the "Rose of the North". Inside Chiang Mai's remaining city walls are more than 30 temples dating back to the founding of the principality. The famous Night Bazaar is a must visit especially during the amazing Loy Krathong Festival in November. The locals say you have not experienced Chiang Mai until you have seen the view from Doi Suthep, eaten a bowl of kao soi, and purchased an umbrella from Bo Sang. Definitely make time for a visit to Doi Suthep, a temple located on top of a mountain with wonderful panoramic views or to a local elephant camp to see the animals at work and play. Northern Thailand is also the region to visit with genuine hill tribes to experience how they live their separate existence from the rest of society. They originally migrated from neighbouring China, Tibet and Myanmar to the rural highlands of Northern Thailand to continue their traditional way of life as farmers in the mountains.  

Further north is Chiang Rai. It is an excellent base for exploring the region  on a Thailand vacation. Despite its relatively small population, Chiang Rai has respected universities and other civic facilities. It includes a good percentage of hill tribes and Myanmar exiles such as various varieties of the Karen tribe of people.

The Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle in the far north of Thailand is so called as it is where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet. The landscape is hilly and consists of lush jungle scenery through which the mighty Mekong River flows. 

Thai women in traditional Thai style dress

The best beach resorts in Thailand

On trips to Thailand, the third region is Thailand’s beach resorts in the south. With hundreds of beautiful tropical islands, Thailand has no shortage of fine beach resorts. These include Phuket on the west coast along with the quieter Phi Phi Islands reached by ferry from Phuket., Ko Samui and  Krabi on the east coast plus many others with their pure white sand and blue, green sea which can provide a stay and a fitting end to a sojourn in this exciting country. Most of the luxury beach resorts can be found on the islands of Koh Samui and Phuket.

If one of your favourite pastimes is golf, Thailand has a number of excellent courses. One of the best known is the Blue Canyon Golf Course in Phuket.  Bangkok, Pattaya and Chiang Mai also have good courses. Most of the scuba diving destinations are on the Andaman Sea on the South East coast of Thailand. The most famous ones are on the outstanding Similan Islands with truly excellent diving on a Thai vacation. Closer to the mainland you have very good diving opportunities around the Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi and Phuket Islands. 

So with the many varieties of reasons to visit, Thailand - "the land of smiles" offers something for everyone. Book your Thailand vacation today.... and put a smile on your face.

 

"Globetrotting with Goway" blog articles

For some additional reading, the following articles are from our blog “Globetrotting with Goway”….. a great source of information for those people who are, or who want to be, world travellers!

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Escape to Paradise on Phi Phi Island on a Thailand Vacation

Hua Hin, Thailand’s Fashionable Resort

Explore History on Your Thailand Vacation With a Visit to the River Kwai

Pattaya – A Diverse and Dynamic Beach Resort on Your Thailand Vacation

Amazing Scenery and Beaches of Krabi, Thailand

Visit Hong Kong and Thailand for an Ideal Asia Getaway

A New Kingdom and a New Reason to Go on a Thailand Vacation

Recharge Your Health and Wellness on a Thailand Vacation

Discover Art in All Its Forms on Thailand Tours to Chiang Rai

Wonders of Northern Thailand

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Thailand Vacation Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to a Thailand vacation.

Learn about the history and culture of Thailand, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Thailand's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Thailand for yourself. Start exploring… book a Thailand vacation today!

 

Extend Your Trip

After your Thailand vacation consider taking the time to visit other destinations. Goway offers exciting China vacation packages and India tours plus a comprehensive selection of vacation packages in many other Asian countries.

 

 

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  • Exotic Bangkok

    A modern, sophisticated city and cultural treasure trove, Bangkok offers 400 glittering temples, an unparalled Royal Palace, amazing street markets and hidden waterways begging exploration.
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  • Explore Northern Thailand

    The north offers places which are perhaps the true Thailand such as the ancient capital, Sukhothai, the traditional temple town of Lampang and the “Rose of the North’, Chiang Mai.
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  • Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai: Stay of Distinction

    With a background of terraced rice fields and mountains, this gem is located in a valley just outside the city. Add to this, Four Seasons’ flawless service and you have perfect symmetry.
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  • Hong Kong & Phuket Combo

    Explore the markets and harbour of Hong Kong before soaking up the sun in famous Phuket on this incredible city and beach vacation. In Hong Kong, you’ll cruise the harbour and take full advantage of the great food and shopping, before heading to Phuket to relax at a beachside resort and swim and suntan in paradise.
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  • Hong Kong, Bangkok & Phuket Combo

    Explore the cities of Hong Kong and Bangkok before soaking up the sun in Phuket on this city and beach combo vacation. After getting your fill of shopping and Canton cuisine in Hong Kong, head to Bangkok to see the temples and markets before closing out your vacation in Phuket, where you’ll relax on the sunny beaches of Thailand’s south.
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  • Hong Kong, Phuket & Phi Phi Combo

    Escape to Hong Kong to experience the bustling culture and incredible skyline of this Chinese metropolis. Afterwards, head to Phuket and Koh Phi Phi to while away your days relaxing on white-sand beaches, swimming through crystal-clear waters, and partying in the famous nightclubs of Thailand’s south.
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  • Hua Hin

    This traditional resort combines attractions of a modern destination with the charm and fascination of a still active fishing port. Hua Hin and Cha Am is a resort for both visitors and Thais.
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  • Khao Lak

    Escape to a beachside paradise where you can explore turquoise waters and relax on white-sand beaches. At Mai Khao Lak Beach Resort & Spa, you’ll have the freedom to enjoy the pristine region of Khao Lak, where you can engage with local culture, take advantage of the beaches, and enjoy the many amenities of the resort.
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  • Koh Chang Stopover

    This is a great idea for experiencing Koh Chang where you can choose your preferred level of accommodation. It will include transfers and accommodation. It can, of course, be modified and/or extended. As we are experts in customizing itineraries to suit your personal interests and budget.
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  • Koh Lanta

    A tropical paradise and a dream come true is Koh Lanta in Southern Thailand. The white sandy beaches, coral reefs and underwater life combine to offer a truly exotic beach vacation suitable for everyone including families, couples and definitely, divers. Whether you wish to be active or simply relax, Koh Lanta will fulfill you needs.
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  • Koh Pha Ngan

    A tranquil oasis in the Gulf of Thailand with some of the best beaches in the country, Koh Pha Ngan offers clear blue waters ideal for swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling or just relaxing.
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  • Koh Samui Beach Escape

    Thailand’s second-largest island, Koh Samui is one of those perfect island escapes that lets you turn up, flop down, and do as much or as little as you’d like. Staying close to the beach and a wide range of restaurants and cultural attractions, you’ll enjoy the best beach Thailand has to offer.
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  • Koh Samui Stopover

    Samui, the island of coconut trees. Beautiful white sand beaches, clean, clear warm water; lush tropical gardens and gentle ocean breezes await you at this ideal holiday destination.
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  • Koh Tao

    Spend time in one of Thailand’s more secluded resorts for a perfectly relaxing beach stay. Away from the better known and larger Thai beach resorts, Koh Tao offers all the ingredients that make up a true tropical paradise with its quiet unspoiled bays, beautiful mountain backdrop pure turquoise coloured sea. Get away from it all now!
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  • Krabi Stopover

    With world class beaches, stunning limestone cliffs and coral reefs, Krabi is one of the most attractive resorts in Thailand. An ideal getaway not too far from Phuket.
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  • Laos Revealed Boutique River Cruise

    Float through one of the world’s most laid back countries on this Mekong River cruise. Set out from Chiang Rai and let the lifestyle and local culture of Laos seduce you.
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  • Mandarin Oriental: Stay of Distinction

    Located directly on the river, this historical landmark with its lush tropical gardens is a favourite luxury establishment with the discerning suitable for both business and leisure.
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  • Mekong Adventure Boutique River Cruise

    The mighty Mekong River flows through 6 different countries. It’s at its best in Laos. Sail past dramatic scenery, visit fascinating local villages and also enjoy visits to interesting cities such as Vientiane and Luang Prabang all while relaxing on board your boutique cruise boat.
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  • Northern Thailand Explorer

    Thailand’s gift to nature, Northern Thailand has breathtaking mountain scenery, secluded jungles, meandering rushing rivers, exotic hill tribes and interesting Buddhist temples.
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  • Northern Thailand to Laos via the Mekong

    Voyage down the Mekong River for an exploration of northern Thailand and Laos. Marvel at the bizarre wonder of Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple, in Chiang Rai before crossing the Laotian border to visit the river villages of the Mekong and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of charming Luang Prabang.
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  • Northern Village & Trekking Adventure

    Goway's 4 day Lisu and Lanna Trekking Active and Adventure tour visits Lahu Outpost, Lisu Lodge and Khum Lanna.
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  • Pai Experience

    Journey to Northern Thailand and discover one of the country’s hidden gems on this getaway to Pai. As you explore this small town around three hours from Chiang Mai, you’ll tour Chinese villages, delve into massive limestone caves, and experience some of the most beautiful landscape in all of Thailand.
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  • Pattaya

    Just south of Bangkok is one of Thailand’s most famous beach resorts with a vibrant nightlife, International class dining and great shopping. A world in itself.
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  • Phi Phi Island

    A maritime park known for its sandy beaches and a short journey from Phuket, Phi Phi is a true tropical island paradise. Swim, snorkel or simply relax; time simply stands still here.
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  • Phuket Beach Escapes - Cape Panwa

    Escape to the only luxury spa resort in Phuket on this incredible Thailand beach vacation. At Amatara Resort & Wellness, you’ll enjoy pampering and rejuvenating spa treatments and have open access to the natural wonders of this world-famous island.
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    8 Days
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