Thailand - Tourism
Thailand is the most popular tourist destination in southeast Asia. and for valid reasons. One can find almost anything here: ranging from thick green jungles, crystal blue beaches and mouth watering ethnic and exotic food, from simple cottages and bungalows to some of the best luxury hotels of world standard. And despite the heavy flow of tourism, Thailand retains its exemplary Thainess, with a culture and history all its own and a carefree people known for their smiles and their fun-loving sanuk lifestyle.
Faasai Resort & Spa
A beautiful and quiet garden is an attractive eco-resort in southeast Asia. From the comfort of your pavilion terrace you can enjoy abundant bird life, brightly coloured butterflies, iguanas, the scent of the forest and tropical flowers, the rising sun and moon, a starlit sky and the music of beating waves.
LOCATION: Kung Wiman, Thailand
Golden Buddha Beach Resort
Golden Buddha Beach Resort on Koh Phra Thong has made little impact on the Island. It emits a feeling of exclusivity as soon as you are welcomed at the resort. Although distant, these shores are never too far away when you think of the resort’s hospitality. Golden Buddha Beach suffered during the Tsunami of 12/04, it has now been re-opened.
LOCATION: Koh Phra Thong, Thailand
Koh Jum Beach Villas
Koh Jum Beach Villas create sustainable, family-run businesses where 100% of profits go to local families. Devotion to the land is demonstrated by restoring the beachfront forests, maintaining a low building-to-land ratio, and following extensive procedures to respect the local environment. On this unspoiled island in the Thai province of Krabi. is a beachfront resort community living in luxurious, privately owned homes situated right on a golden sandy beach in the west coast of Koh Jum island.
LOCATION: Koh Jum Island, Krabi, Thailand
Haadyao Nature Resort
Trang has much to offer with the unspoilt natural beauty of its islands, waterfalls, sea caves, corals and local culture! Located along the coast of Trang, with a nearby beach and boat pier, the resort is an ideal starting point to explore the neighbouring islands. Snorkelling trips and kayaking adventures also began here. Accommodation ranges from simple fan rooms to bungalows with a/c, hot shower & tv.
LOCATION: Haadyao Pier, Trang, Thailand
Club Andaman Beach Resort
This Beach Resort is located on the quiet northern end of Patong Beach in 15 acres of secluded tropical gardens and coconut garoves.. Guests can stroll through 15 acres of luxuriant tropical gardens, savoring the beauty of the brightly colored flowers, swaying palm trees, and soothing lotus pond. A variety of birds is a delight for bird watchers. Plant lovers can benefit from and learn floral extravaganza from the Thai botanic plants with more than 400 species there.
LOCATION: Phuket, Thailand
Koh Jum Lodge
The Koh Jum Lodge is located in the middle of a twelve kilometer stretch of untouched sandy beach, fringed by an endless line of coconut trees. Located in tropical garden setting the tourist cottages are located near the beach, facing Phi Phi Island in the west. Tourists enjoy the beauty of the setting sun and also the sea view.
LOCATION: Koh Jum Island, Krabi Province, Thailand
Khao Sok Riverside Cottage
Khao-Sok Riverside Cottages is a family owned and operated business located 1.5 Kilometers east of the Khao-Sok National Park Headquarters. The Park is famous among Thai and foreign travelers alike as a part of one of Thailand’s largest national wildlife preserves.
LOCATION: Suratthani, Thailand
Banyan Tree Phuket
Bordered by the golden sands and gentle waves of the Andaman Sea, Thailand’s Banyan Tree Phuket is an oasis of peace and tranquility, a tropical paradise of extraordinary natural beauty. With endless recreational options available, days pass with blissful leziness.
LOCATION: Phuket, Thailand
Bangkok is considered as the world’s greatest backpackers’ paradise. The city always hums in activities and is the gateway to what many see as the world’s greatest low budget tourists’ paradise. it’s a city that on the surface seems like it’s all play -- toxic buckets of alcohol on the streets, fried insects to pamper your stomach further, and a dubious assortment of clubs and night clubs where anything goes well.
It is one of the first places to encompass Thai self-rule; the old part of the city is home to over 300 colourful temples and the peaceful gateway to many a northern jungle adventure. It’s also regarded as a chic Thai venue. Thai fashion designers were the first to step in at this place. Chiang Mai is culturally more fascinating in some ways than capital Bangkok, or beach side venues like Pattaya.
The temples here have a very elegant look and create a picturesque skyline with their sloping roofs and dumbbell spires. Wat Prathat Doi Suithep and its three-hundred-step entry and gushing waterfalls are a marvelous spectacle; the Phuping Palace and the National Park surrounds with exotic orchids, a tribal villages with dream like views. Back in the center of town, Wat Chedi Luang – a 91 meter tall pagoda dating back nearly six centuries – is another attraction in Chiang Mai.
Phuket is a provincial tropical paradise. It is a place with beautiful lagoons, colourful sunsets, palm strewn beaches and crystal-clear waters, Phuket is a contrast to Bangkok’s crowded excitement. Phuket is: calm with eye-catchingnatural beauty. Discerning visitors naturally fall in love with the place and find it difficult to leave the place. .There are plenty of wild adventure sports to keep tourists occupied here here. To name some of them: scuba diving, sailing, and snorkeling and windsurfing; canoeing around the towering island cliffs keep the brave busy.
Turquoise water, cocktails and green curries in beachfront restaurants are all rewarding experience. Phulket offers plenty more: lush, near-untouched rainforests, aging rubber plantations and seafood festivals, yacht racing and visiting rural Muslim temples. There are waterfalls, the mammoth Buddha statue that explores on most of Phuket’s tourist literature and tiny river-side villages. Phuket is by far Thailand’s most pricey travel destination. So low budget tourists are often not attracted by its other charms.
Koh Phi Phi
The Island, Koh Phi Phi is a mostly unheard of tropical island and is meant only for adventurous travelers, with only basic accommodation available. However, Koh Phi Phi has transformed from a little-known tropical island into one of the hottest island destinations in the region . After Koh Phi Phi’s infrastructure was tragically wiped out in the 2004 Tsunami. It has recovered fairly quickly, but services there have not yet been restored to what they were prior to the devastation. Even so, this is easily one of the most beautiful tropical island regions on our planet. Infrastructure restoration is in rapid progress and soon its original glory and popularity would be back.
Technically Koi Phi Phi is a small archipelago, with the population staying on Koh Phi Phi Don, which is the largest of the islands. There is also natural beauty to explore. From coral reefs to stone formations, sandy beaches and cliff walls rising out of the sea against tropical jungles and rolling hills, Koh Phi Phi is a breathtaking site at any time of the year. From places like The Viewpoint where one can see over everything to Monkey Beach or Yao Beach, Koh Phi Phi can provide diving to snorkeling to hiking and exploring with tropical vacation.
Patong Beach, Phuket
Phuket is also the largest & country’s most popular beach on the island. It has a wide coastline, soft white sand, warm water and plenty of hotels, restaurants and shopping facilities within walking distance. The vibrant night life attracts a partying crowd.
Railey Beach, Krabi : quiet and sporty
Situated on the mainland, Railey Beach is only accessible by boat and has a desert island feeling which is not found in the country’s other popular beaches. It is not crowded except during peak season.
There is also rock climbing, swimming and snorkeling attractions here.
Maya Bay, Ko Phi Phi Ley
This small stretch of sand is the quintessential beach of Thailand and has the best scenic beauty in the country. Part of a little island adjacent to Ko Phi Phi, the beach is nestled in a small bay and surrounded by tall limestone cliffs. Maya Bay can only be visited on day trips by boat, since there are no accommodations here. Hordes of people visit during high season, but the beauty makes dealing with the crowds worth it.
Hua Hin Beach, Hua Hin
Convenient and family-friendly
This beach on the Gulf of Siam is exceptionally popular for locals and international visitor. The beach slopes very gently into the gulf; it is a great place for families with small children.
Kata Beach, Phuket
Just a couple of miles away from the hustle and bustle of Patong Beach Kata Beach is quieter and more relaxed .. Palm trees, warm water and scenic beauty make this beach in southern Phuket so popular.
During low season, waves at this beach can be intense, making it a great place to do some surfing but not the perfect spot for those with young children.
Lamai Beach, Samui
The perfect balance
Though Samui’s beaches can be crowded, especially during high season, this beach strikes the perfect balance for visitors looking for pretty scenery and good swimming opportunities. .At night, the scores of bars and restaurants turn Lamai Beach into a party scene.
Sairee Beach, Ko Tao
Previously it was used as a base for divers. Visitors are slowly realizing that Ko Tao has more to offer than just a place to eat and sleep between dives. This one mile stretch of white sandy beach with a beautiful view of small islands in the horizon makes Ko Tao most popular. It has plenty of inexpensive accommodation and restaurants. The closest airport is in Samui; so getting there involves a ferry trip and keeps the beach relatively less crowded.
White Sand Beach, Ko Chang
No longer just for backpackers
This beautiful stretch of beach on the west side of the island is fringed with palm and coconut trees against a backdrop of gentle sloping hills. Though Ko Chang is still considered more of a backpacker island than a luxury destination, its character is changing, now that there’s a wide selection of accommodation to choose from.
Haad Rin, Ko Pha Ngan
Haad Rin is really known for just one thing – Full Moon Party! Once a month the beach goes on an all-night bender with plenty of drinking, dancing and music. At other times of the month, the party atmosphere still pervades; so those looking for a quieter beach experience might want to steer clear. During the day the soft, gold sand and gently sloping coast make Haad Rin ideal for swimming and enjoying the surrounding scenery, though many visitors are too bleary-eyed to appreciate it. The beach is on a small peninsula jutting out from the island; so while there are places to sleep and eat, it’s still relatively under developed.
Ko Mun Nork
This small, private island in the northern part of the Gulf of Siam is a paradise on earth for anyone looking for a true desert island experience. The white sandy beach is surrounded by palm trees and not much else – there’s only one resort on the island. That and the 45 minute ferry from the mainland guarantee the beach will never be crowded.
Thailand is famous for its nightlife. There are clubs that plays the best music . Thailand’s islands host world-class music venues and events (like “Full Moon Parties”). There is an excellent price for film goers - tickets are much cheaper than in many other parts of the world. Apart from that, the country also organizes world-class shows (cabaret, etc.) and the world’s top performing artists grace Thailand’s shores on a regular basis. Another main attraction on Thailand’s nightlife is its world famous Go-Go scene. This is not confined to Bangkok – Pattaya is a recognized Go-Go centre.
Thailand can be visited for its food also. Curries, fruit shakes, stir fries, fresh fish made a zillion ways - and that's just the beginning. Food in Thailand can be as cheap as 25 Baht Pad Thai (Thai fried noodles) cooked at a road side stall or as expensive as a $100 ten-course meal cooked by a royal chef and served in one of Bangkok's 5 star hotels.
In short it’s a connoisseurs’ delight
Etiquette: Thai food is most commonly eaten with fork and spoon. Chopsticks are only used for noodles and east Asian-style dishes.
Thai food is meant for sharing. Everybody gets their own plate of rice and tiny soup bowl, but all the other dishes are laid out in the center of the table and one is free to eat what one wishs.
Food is also generally brought fresh from the kitchen.
Thai cuisine is distinguished by its balance and strong aroma. Lime juice, lemon grass and fresh coriander, give Thai food a distinctive taste and character to the food. . In addition, Thai food is generally spicy with hot little torpedo-shaped chillies called phrik khii nuu .
Thai dishes can be roughly categorized into central Thai food (around Bangkok), northern Thai food (from the northern region around Chiang Mai, with Burmese and Chinese influence), north eastern Thai food (from the Isaan region bordering with Laos) and southern Thai food (with heavy influence from Malaysia).
Thai staple food is rice (khao) so much so that in Thai eating a meal, kin khao, literally means "eat rice".
Khao suai or beautiful rice is the plain white steamed rice that serves as the base for almost every meal.
Khao phat is simple fried rice, mixed with some pork (muu) or chicken (kai).
Khao tom is a salty and watery rice porridge served with condiments, quite popular at breakfast.
Khao nio or "sticky rice" is glutinous rice – traditionally eaten by hand & dry with grilled/fried pork or chicken or beef.
Thais are great noodle eaters. The most common kind is rice noodles are served in small (sen lek), large (sen yai) and giant (kuay tio) portions as per order. Egg noodles (ba mii), Chinese-style stuffed wonton ravioli (kio) and glass noodles made from mung beans (wun sen) are also popular dishes.
Kuay tio phat sii-u kai, or fried giant rice noodles are served with soy sauce and chicken.
Unlike other Thai foods, noodles are usually eaten with chopsticks. They are also usually served with a rack of four condiments, namely dried red chillies, fish sauce, vinegar and sugar.
Phat Thai, literally "fried Thai", means thin rice noodles fried in a tamarind-based sauce. Easily available , cheap and often excellent to taste - and has an added bonus it's usually chili-free!
Ba mii muu daeng is egg noodles with slices of Chinese-style barbecued pork.
Kuai tio ruea is a rice noodle soup with a fiery pork blood stock and an assortment of offal. The taste is a very addictive one.
Soups and curries: A plate of rice with a ladleful of a curry or two on top, known as khao kaeng, is a very popular quick meal if eating alone.
Tom yam kung is the quintessential Thai dish, a sour soup with prawns, lemongrass and galangal. The real thing is quite spicy, but toned-down versions are often available on request.
Tom kha kai is the Thai version of chicken soup in a rich galangal-flavored coconut stock, with mushrooms and a few chillies.
Kaeng daeng ("red curry") and kaeng phet ("hot curry") are the same dish and, as you might guess, this coconut-based dish can be spicy. Red curry with roast duck (kaeng pet yaang) is particularly popular.
Kaeng khio-waan, sweet green curry, is a coconut-based curry with strong accents of lemongrass and kaffir lime. Usually milder than the red variety.
Kaeng som , orange curry, is more like tamarind soup than curry, usually served with pieces of herb omelette in the soup.
Mains Thais like their mains fried (thot or phat) or grilled (yaang ย่าง). Fish, in particular, is often deep-fried until the meat turns brown and crispy. Ka-phrao kai, literally "basil chicken" is a simple but intensely fragrant deep fried made from peppery holy basil leaves, chillies and chicken.
Salads, classic Isaan meal: som tam papaya salad, larb meat salad and sticky rice.
Thai salads (yam) is common as raw vegetables are used. A uniquely Thai flavor is attained by drowning the ingredients in fish sauce, lime juice and chillies - the end result can be very spicy indeed!
Som tam, a salad made from shredded and pounded raw papaya is considered a classic Thai dish, but it is a dish from Laos.
Yam ponlamai is Thai-style fruit salad, meaning that instead of canned maraschino cherries it has fresh fruit topped with oodles of fish sauce and chillies.
Yam som-o is an unusual salad made from pomelo (a mutant version of grapefruit) and anything else on hand, often including chicken or dried shrimp.
Yam wunsen is perhaps the most common yam, with glass noodles and shrimp.
Dessert: Thais don't usually eat "dessert" after meals although they take a few slices of fresh fruit (ponlamai) for free at fancier places,
Khanom covers a vast range of cookies, biscuits, chips and anything else snackable. One common variety called khanom khrok is very special, these are little lens-shaped pancakes of rice and coconut, freshly cooked and served by street vendors everywhere.
Khao nio ma-muang (means "sticky rice with mango", with some coconut milk drizzled on top. It is a dessert which one can take to cool the palate after a spicy Thai dish . Instead , an equally popular dish is Khao nio tu-rean which is made with mango & eaten with sticky rice.
Waan yen, literally "sweet cold", consists of a pile of ingredients of your choice (including things like sweet corn and kidney beans) with syrup topping , coconut cream and a pile of ice, and is great for cooling down on a hot day or after a searing curry.
Vegetarian food: Vegetarians won't have too many problems surviving in Thailand, with one significant exception: fish sauce (naam plaa) is to Thai cuisine what soy sauce is to Chinese food, and keeping it out of soups, curries and stir-fries will be a challenge.
Thailand is a Buddhist country and vegetarianism is prevalent especially among Chinese Thais (many of whom eat only vegetarian food during several festivals). Tofu is a traditional Thai ingredient which they mix with some non traditional dishes such as omelettes (with or without eggs), submarine sandwiches, and burritos. Bangkok features several fantastic veggie and vegan restaurants.
- Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
This sanctuary includes a massive area of pristine forest along the hills dividing Thailand and Myanmar. The habitat varies between tropical rain forest, dry evergreen, hill evergreen and mixed deciduous, creating the right conditions for a wide variety of different animal species including elephants, tigers, leopards and panthers. Currently there are 95 species of mammals, 386 birds, 84 reptiles, 34 amphibians, and 77 freshwater fish. Two rare animals facing extinction which are found in this sanctuary are wild water buffaloes and Thai peacocks.
- Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary
The main feature of this sanctuary is the large expanse of savannah or open grassland dotted with palm trees such as Cycads and Phoenix palms. This environment has plentiful food supplies for wild animals. There are also traces of hog deer, tapirs, mountain goats, wild water buffaloes and many others. Situated at the end of the Thanonthongchai Mountain range, Kanchanaburi province and also some parts are in Umphang, Tak province, the Sanctuary is the source of the Kwai Yai and Kwai Noi rivers.
- Khao Son-Khao Sanam Phriang Wildlife Sanctuary
This limestone mountain raises up some 870 meters above sea level. On the flat table-top are pine forests which are normally rare in this central region. The sanctuary is located in tambon Kosamphi of Kamphaeng Phet province.
- Doi Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
Doi Chiang Dao lies around 60 kms north of Chiang Mai.and is a massive horseshoe-shaped mountain zone including Thailand¹s third-highest peak at 2,225 meters. The limestone formation is the perfect habitat for several types of birds, butterflies and Alpine plants. The views are magnificent.
- Doi Mon Chong Wildlife Sanctuary
Doi Mon Chong in Omkoi district of Chiang Mai is covered with rich virgin forests and rare flora with picturesque views. It is also the habitat of the protected mountain goats found only in the Maekhong basin.
- Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary
This sanctuary occupies a huge tract of forest in Umphang district of Tak. It forms part of the western forests.Flora include tropical fig trees and wild strawberries, while fauna include moorhens, rails and lesser whistling ducks. The highlight of the park is the stunning Thi Loh Su waterfall, the tallest and the most scenic in the kingdom.
- Lum Nam Pai Wildlife Sanctuary
The Lum Nam Pai Wildlife Sanctuary in Mae Hong Son province is a limestone mountainous landscape which is home to many species including boars, bears and antelopes. There are also many fascinating caves and caverns including Tham Mae Lana.
- Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
Khao Soi Dao is the highest peak in the Eastern region at 1,675 meters. From this peak run many streams and rivers which create the perfect habitats for birds and butterflies. There are marvelous views and, the Khao Soi Dao waterfall is a major attraction. The sanctuary is situated in Pong Nam Ron district of Chanthaburi
- Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in Chaiyaphum province, this sanctuary is the center for the preservation of wild animals such as peacocks, common barking deer and mouse deer. It is a home to many varieties of bird including rare oriental darters & is surrounded by hilly landscapes.
- Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary
Phu Luang is a table-top mountain in Loei province covered with multicolored woodland famous for the variety of its wild flowers, particularly wild orchids. Over 160 species of wild orchid have been found, including the popular lady's slipper orchids, and many types which are exceptionally rare. The sanctuary also shows rhododendrons, white heather, magenta balsams and blue gentians. Stunning views from the cliffs fringing the plateau are quite stunning. The best season starts from February and continues up to May.
- Khao Pra-Bangkhram Wildlife Sanctuary
This sanctuary is located in the largest and best preserved low plateau forest in the South of Thailand. It is home to many rare and colorful wild birds including the Gurney's pitta which is found only in southern Thailand and Myanmar. The sanctuary is located in parts of Krabi, Trang, and Nakhon Si Thammarat provinces.
- Khlong Naka Wildlife Sanctuary
This sanctuary, the second largest in Thailand, includes a large area of rain forest on the western slopes of the southern hills. Several rivers rise in the park and there are many beautiful waterfalls. The high peaks provide wonderful viewpoints. The rain forest is the habitat of numerous plants and rare wild animals. The sanctuary covers over 331,000 rai in Ranong and Surat Thani provinces.
- Ton Gha Chang Waterfall Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in Songkhla province, this most enchanting waterfall in the south has altogether seven tiers. The highlight is at the third tier, where the water flows in the shape of elephant tusks. The white sand and rocky boulders in the stream provide a habitat for many types of fish and aquatic life.