All Inclusive Holidays Thailand
The Kingdom of Thailand is a country in Southeast Asia. It has the second largest economy in the region and attracts the highest number of tourists, who come to experience its unique culture, natural beauty and tropical climate. Thailand covers an area of 200,000 sq. miles, roughly the same size as Spain. The country has forested mountains and provincial cities in the north and a southern peninsula with beaches, islands, forests and waterfalls. Thailand has coastlines on the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. The Central Plains of the interior, through which the Chao Phraya River flows, are known as ‘the rice bowl of Asia’.
The capital city of Thailand is Bangkok. It is the most heavily populated city and attracts large numbers of tourists. Highlights of the city include the Grand Palace and many Buddhist temples and shrines, while a network of canals and waterways offer boat trips and floating markets. Bangkok has numerous street markets and food-stalls, and the city has a reputation for nightlife and adult entertainment. Traffic in Bangkok is notoriously congested, but recent public transport developments include a Skytrain and a metro system.
The unofficial capital of the north of Thailand is Chang Mai. It is far quieter and greener than Bangkok, and lies in the foothills of the Himalayas. Tourists come to see its historic centre, which is surrounded by ancient city walls and filled with gardens, museums and over 30 temples, and to explore the surrounding countryside and visit the hill tribes of the north.
Beaches and islands
The south of Thailand juts out into the Malay Peninsula and is bounded on both sides by the ocean. The region is filled with coastal towns, such as Phuket, Krabi and Songkhla, which are filled with hotels, restaurants and all inclusive resorts. There are several national parks; some inland and filled with caves, waterfalls and forests like the Khao Sok National Park, or marine parks, such as the Mu Ko Phetra National Park, which preserves coastline, open water and islands. The south of Thailand is famous for its beautiful beaches, many of which lie on offshore islands such as Koh Samui and Kho Pha Ngan. The latter is famous for the ‘full moon parties’ that are held there
It takes just over 11 hours to fly from London to Bangkok. Most flights arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), also known as Bangkok International Airport. The airport was opened in 2006 and lies about 16 miles east of Bangkok. There is an airport rail link from the terminals into the city, a motorway that connects it to Bangkok and to the east coast, and a network of regional trains and buses. The second busiest international airport in Thailand is Phuket International Airport in the south of the country. No airlines fly direct from the UK to this airport; it is usually reached via a transfer in Bangkok. Other international airports are based in Krabi, Surat, Koh Samui, Hat Yai and Chang Mai.