Fifty Shades of T..[6 Days]
Thailand is the most visited country in South East Asia by tourists, and for all good reasons. A huge variety of attractions is present here: thick jungle as green as can be, crystal blue waters that feel more like a warm bath than a swim in the ocean, and food that can curl your nose hairs while dancing across your taste buds. Exotic, yet safe; cheap, yet equipped with every modern amenity you need, there is something for every interest and every price bracket, from beach front backpacker bungalows to some of the best luxury hotels in the world. There is a heavy flow of tourism, but even then Thailand retains its quintessential Thai-ness, with a culture and history all its own and a carefree people famed for their smiles and their fun-seeking sanuk lifestyle.
Bangkok is at the start of many visitors' itineraries. It’s a modern city with a rich cultural heritage. Most visitors at least take in the Grand Palace, a collection of highly decorated buildings and monuments. It is home to Wat Phra Kaew, the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand that houses the Emerald Buddha. Other cultural attractions include Wat Pho, Wat Arun and Jim Thompson's House, but these are just a fraction of possible sights you could visit.
For those interested in recent history, Kanchanaburi has a lot of sights related to World War II. The Bridge on the River Kwai, popularized by the film of the same name, is the most famous one, but the museums in its vicinity are a lot more moving.
Millions of visitors throng the beaches of Thailand every year and Hua Hin is the country’s oldest beach resort, discovered by King Rama VII in the 1920s as an ideal getaway from Bangkok. Things have considerably changed since then. Beaches like Pattaya, Phuket and Ko Samui have only recently been discovered in the 1970s, these are now by far the most developed beach resorts.