General

Friendly and fun loving, exotic and tropical, cultured and historic, Thailand radiates a golden hue from its glittering temples and tropical beaches through to the ever-comforting Thai smile.

Sacred Spaces

The celestial world is a close confidant in this Buddhist nation, and religious devotion is colourful and ubiquitous. Gleaming temples and golden Buddhas frame both the rural and modern landscape. Ancient banyan trees are ceremoniously wrapped in sacred cloth to honour the resident spirits, fortune-bringing shrines decorate humble homes as well as monumental malls, while garland-festooned dashboards ward off traffic accidents. Visitors can join the conversation through meditation retreats in Chiang Mai, religious festivals in northeastern Thailand, underground cave shrines in Kanchanaburi and Phetchaburi and hilltop temples in northern Thailand.

A Bountiful Table

Adored around the world, Thai cuisine expresses fundamental aspects of Thai culture: it is generous, warm, refreshing and relaxed. Each Thai dish relies on fresh, local ingredients – pungent lemongrass, searing chillies and plump seafood. A varied national menu is built around the four fundamental flavours: spicy, sweet, salty and sour. Roving appetites go on eating tours of Bangkok noodle shacks, seafood pavilions in Phuket and Burmese market stalls in Mae Sot. Cooking classes reveal the simplicity behind the seemingly complicated dishes and mastering the market is an important survival skill.

Why I Love Thailand

By Austin Bush, Writer

It’s easy to say that the thing I love most about Thailand is Thai food. But then I’m reminded of that feeling of freedom during a motorcycle trip upcountry. And of the sensory overload of a busy morning market – or a night out in Bangkok. And of encounters with history and culture, the new and the old, at just about every turn. Did I mention the white-sand beaches, jungles, ancient ruins and Buddhist temples? Indeed, the food satisfies – but on second thought, Thailand offers so much more.

Sand between Your Toes

With a long coastline (actually, two coastlines) and jungle-topped islands anchored in azure waters, Thailand is a tropical getaway for the hedonist and the hermit, the prince and the pauper. This paradise offers a varied menu: playing in the gentle surf of Ko Lipe, diving with whale sharks off Ko Tao, scaling the sea cliffs of Krabi, kiteboarding in Hua Hin, partying on Ko Phi Phi, recuperating at a health resort on Ko Samui and feasting on the beach wherever sand meets sea.

Fields & Forests

In between the cluttered cities and towns is the rural heartland, which is a mix of rice paddies, tropical forests and squat villages tied to the agricultural clock. In the north, the forests and fields bump up against toothy blue mountains decorated with silvery waterfalls. In the south, scraggy limestone cliffs poke out of the cultivated landscape like prehistoric skyscrapers. The usually arid northeast emits an emerald hue during the rainy season when tender green rice shoots carpet the landscape.
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Itinerary Details

Day 1- Arrive Bangkok – Pattaya

Welcome to Thailand! Upon arrival at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport ,make your way to the exit gate, you will be greeted by our local representative and transferred to the beautiful beach destination Pattaya by road for a drive of approx. 2 hours. Check into your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. It is here that you can hit the bars, soak on the beaches, shop till you drop, pamper yourself with a foot massage and relish mouth-watering Thai cuisine. For evening we recommend a visit to the great and most popular Alcazar Show as optional. The Alcazar Show a world-famous cabaret is like The Lido and Moulin Rouge of Paris. Featuring a grand theatre with 1200 seats. and experience Dazzling Performances by men artist who are in glittering evening gowns as well groomed ladies and they dance. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2- Pattaya – Coral Island Tour

After a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel ,you will be transferred to the sparkling blue water of the Gulf of Thailand by a speedboat to arrive at the idyllic Coral Island (Koh Lan), where you will spend the day. One can explore beautiful and extensive coral while scuba diving or enjoy snorkeling in crystal clear sea waters. Laze around on the beach and bask in the sun or get playful and indulge in exciting water sports like para sailing, glass bottom boat ride, water-skiing and jet skis, water scooters. In the afternoon enjoy local Indian lunch at an Indian restaurant. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3- Pattaya – Bangkok – City Tour

After breakfast, check out from Pattaya and proceed to Bangkok. Today get ready to experience panoramic City and Temple tour of Bangkok. The tour takes you to some of Bangkok's most distinguished Buddhist temples locally known as Wats. Visit Wat Traimit, Temple of the Golden Buddha which is home to a 5.5 ton statue of the holy Buddha made from solid gold and is a fine example of Sukhothai art. Next stop at Wat Pho, Temple of the Reclining Buddha that is home to the largest and the oldest shrine of its kind in Bangkok. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4- Bangkok

After breakfast at hotel, day free for your leisure, shopping, explore the city on your own or we recommend you to take optional tour of Safari World and Marine Park. Thailand's popular open zoo. Divided into four distinct sections (Safari Park, Bird Park, Games Corner and Macaw Island), the Safari World Park is the place to see dolphins, orangutans, seals and a myriad of other exotic animals and birds amidst a picturesque African setting. Several lunch options are available here for you to pick from. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5- Departure Bangkok

After a breakfast check out from the hotel. If you have time left for your flight, enjoy free time for some last minute shopping. Later transfer to the airport to board your flight back home.