White sandy beaches, lush tropical jungle, bountiful rice paddies, secluded island paradises and big buzzing cities teeming with life, Thailand is a tropical paradise like no other.
Arrival in Bangkok for the first time can be an overwhelming, heady experience. The heat, the pollution, the sheer number of people takes a little bit of adjusting. However, once you start to explore, you’ll find centuries of history sitting comfortably next to the bright lights of Koh San Road and a fascinating combination of old meets new at every corner of the city. From sophisticated restaurants in modern day skyscrapers, to unbelievable street food from ramshackle food carts. Bangkok is a city in which to get lost, so take a deep breath and dive in.
Once you’ve exhausted Bangkok, you’ll want to find a place to rest. Hop between the many beautiful islands for relaxed beach living, peppered with some world-class diving and the most infamous beach parties on the globe.
Back on the mainland, head north to Chiang Mai, a city which has managed to keep its laid back, traditional feel despite its significant economic growth. A large student population and high volumes of backpackers give it a cool, urban, artsy edge, whilst its spiritual history can be explored in its temples and museums. Chiang Mai is a great base for discovering Thailand’s hill tribes, whilst cooking courses, meditation classes and massage masterclasses will help give you the full Thai experience.
Finally, one of the most joyous things about Thailand is the warmth and generosity of the Thai people. Embrace and respect their culture and you’ll be rewarded by some of the best hospitality in the world.