is a city of contradictions: A buzzing metropolis with a laid back attitude,
elegant temples and palaces stand side by side with Romanesque concrete
skyscrapers and charming wooden houses. And while the main thoroughfares are
choked with traffic and fumes, nearby side roads contain tranquil houses
nestled among lush gardens.
Phuket - 'Pearl of the South' and Thailand's largest island lies in the
Andaman Sea off the country's south-western coast. The island is connected
to the Thai mainland by a bridge, but has retained a distinct culture fused
from Chinese and Portuguese influences combining with the culture of the
chao naam, the indigenous sea-faring people.
Pattaya, 147 kms southeast of Bangkok and faces the hai Gulf is Asia's
premier beach resort, and caters with equal appeal to families, couples and
single visitors. Pattaya has been transformed from a sleepy fishing
community into an international resort often referred to as the 'Thai
Riviera' and is literally a place where East meets West , both in colour and
character, and is probably the most cosmopolitan place in Thailand after
The Phi Phi Islands are by far the main attraction to Krabi, and are widely
considered to be amongst the most beautiful places in the world. There are
six islands altogether: Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Le, Bida Nok, Bida Nai, Yung,
and Phai; each of which offers some of the most unique topography on this
The Andaman coast is a different world compared to the rest of Thailand.
Steady rainfall nourishes a huge variety of tropical fauna, with the lush
canopy in some areas reaching as high as 80m. In many places, scenic rubber
and coconut plantations have been carved out of the jungle by the locals.
The Land of Beauty, warm hospitality and good manners, the land of
fascinating, mist - shrouded mountain scenery and fertile valleys, the land
of religion with nearly 1,100 Buddhist temples and the land of Thai art
these are some and handicrafts.
Chiang Rai province covers some 11,678 square kilometres with a population
of 1.23 million. The average elevation is 580 metres above sea level,
Myanmar borders on the north, and Laos on the north and northeast. The
provincial capital is 829 kilometres north of Bangkok .
In 16th century, northern part of Thailand was the independent kingdom
called "Lanna Thai" until early days of Chakri Dynasty. It became
part of Thailand. Today, art and culture of the old times still remains as
you see when you go to Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai.
Hua Hin is closely associated with Thai royalty, and located on the sunrise
side of the Thai Gulf, some 3 hours southwest of Bangkok, are essentially
quiet and relaxing seaside resorts ideal for family vacations. Although
merely some 25 kilometres apart, the resorts are each in neighbouring
provinces, Cha-am in Phetchaburi, and Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan.