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You are in one of Asia’s most captivating kingdoms, Thailand. From lush verdant rainforests in Chiang Mai to the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea in Krabi Island to a network of masterfully preserved temples, palaces and traditional homes in Bangkok and Sukothai, tourists will be spoilt for choice. For the adventurous, there are natural attractions across the country. Everything from soft adventure trips such as yachting and trekking to hardier pursuits such as diving and sea canoeing can be arranged at the snap of your fingers in Thailand. Interested in Thai culture? Why not immerse yourself in a range of activities from massages to cooking to Muay Thai.

Where to go

Sightseeing is always a rewarding experience in Thailand specifically in modern, bustling Bangkok. The Grand Palace is a prime example of the country’s illustrious architectural heritage. Just a stone’s throw away, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew is a must-see attraction. It is also one of the most sacred Buddhist temples in Thailand. It is believed that the statue was carved out of a single piece of jade stone and originated in India. Two more temples of note in Bangkok are Wat Po, home to one of the world’s largest reclining Buddhas dating back to the 16th century and the Temple of Dawn. The Suvarnabhumi Airport operates many international and domestic flights to major cities around Thailand and the globe.

One reason for visiting Thailand is its pristine beaches and clear turquoise waters. Head to the south of Thailand to Koh Samui to experience island life on a hammock under the sun sipping a glass of Pina Colada. This sun-drenched island caters to a range of travellers. Guests can treat themselves to swish resorts and powdery white sand beaches as well as fresh seafood. Snorkellers and divers are able to experience a whole different world underwater with dramatic coral walls, underwater grottos and well-charted wrecks. Head to this island to find one of the finest beaches in the country by hopping on Bangkok Air, Air Asia and Thai Airways flights.

For the adventurous, head to the north of Thailand to Chiang Mai. You will be rewarded with picturesque rice terraces, rolling-green hills and villages of the indigenous population. Trek through the mountains to gain a rare look into the lives of the Long Neck Karen hill tribe or the people from the Akha tribe. Wildlife lovers should head to Thailand’s highest peak, Doi Inthanon where they will come face to face with the world’s most exotic animals such as the Asiatic Black Bear and the Indian civet.

From Thailand, it is extremely easy to head to other cities in the region. Hop onto an Air Asia flight that will take you to the bustling megalopolis of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Explore the cu-chi tunnels and the War Remnants Museum to understand more about the Vietnam War. Marvel at French colonial architecture at The Notre Dame Cathedral, the Saigon Opera House and the Post Office, all located a stone’s throw away from each other. Get a panoramic view of the city at the Heli Bar in Bitexco Financial Tower, the highest viewing point in the city, or head to Chill Skybar. Visit Ben Thanh Market for good food and shopping.

Hop on any Bangkok Airways flight to take you to Siem Reap from Bangkok. Siem Reap is a charming town where you can cycle around the ruins of Angkor Wat. You will be overwhelmed by the number of temples you can possibly visit. The most popular ruins to visit are Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon and of course the “Tomb Raider Temple”. Learn more about the temples by hiring a guide. Relax sore muscles by treating yourself to traditional Cambodian massage. Take a stroll down Pub Street for a whole new experience with food and souvenir shops and markets lining the streets. Bargain into the wee hours of the night at the Old Market for traditional Cambodian souvenirs. For an awesome night out, head to Angkor What? Bar for a jolly good time with a fun crowd and reasonably priced drinks and food.

For a different experience, head to Singapore, a world-class shopping destination. If you’re here for a couple of days, bypass the museums and head straight to the various enclaves. Mingle with the locals at Arab Street. Be sure to take photographs in front of the majestic Sultan Mosque. Say goodbye to Arab culture and hello to Chinese as you stroll down Chinatown. There are streets packed with souvenir shops and antique galleries. Colourful garlands, stacks of gold jewellery and amazing food await in Little India.

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