For 700 years, Thailand led an independent life from the rest of the world. Then, finally, in recent times it opened its doors to the global population, flaunting for the first time its devastating beauty and unique charm. And with such a rich tableau from which to choose, it’s difficult to know where to start.
Bangkok, perhaps, deserves to come first, the Orient’s capital and its most cosmopolitan city. It’s a colourful world of past and present with historic shrines and ancient temples sharing space with shopping plazas, skyscrapers, restaurants and bars. Head into the mountainous north and you’ll reach Chiang Mai, its personality outshining even the breathtaking landscapes. Trek through the beautiful mountains on foot or by elephant and then cool off as you ease down a river aboard a bamboo raft.
For a luxury family holiday, you can’t beat Thailand’s combination of jungle adventure and heavenly beaches. Koh Samui and Phuket offer seemingly endless beaches and crystal coastlines, whilst the neighbouring Phi Phi Islands are unparalleled for diving and snorkelling.