Thailand attracts over 26 million visitors a year, and with good reason. With its tropical climate, spectacular coastline and amazing food, travellers from all over the world are drawn here by the promise of an unforgettable experience.
Thailand offers both relaxation and adventure, making it a destination for everyone. For the more leisurely traveller, acquaint yourself with the rich culture by visiting Buddhist temples, take yourself on a meditation retreat or unwind by the beach. Meanwhile, adventure seekers are spoilt for choice with caves, jungles and cliffs waiting to be explored.
If for no other reason, you must visit Thailand for the food. Spicy and sweet, salty and sour, Thai food is all about balance. Wander through the local markets to experience it at its freshest and most authentic or take a cooking class to learn the art behind the delicious cuisine.
Thailand has achieved remarkable progress in economic and human development over recent decades. Yet this prosperity has been spread unevenly. The government’s National Housing Authority estimates some 300,000 families or nearly 8.2 million people live in sub-standard housing.
Problems are particularly acute in Bangkok, as the capital has grown into a major metropolis of an estimated 12 million people, dwarfing other cities in the country.