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There is good reason why some 32 million tourists visited Thailand in 2016; it’s well-established tourism infrastructure ensures that Thailand caters for every type of visitor. Whether you are looking for an adventure tour to Thailand, a Thai beach break, jungle trekking or exploring rich history, Thailand can offer it all. But don’t let those huge numbers put you off; all that competition ensures that Thailand is an excellent value-for-money destination, and by simply avoiding the main tourist hotspots like Pattaya and Phuket, a more traditional Thailand can be discovered.



Most adventure holidays to Thailand start amongst the bright lights of Bangkok. This Asian mega-city is a metropolis of tuk tuks and mopeds, skyscrapers and glittering gold-tipped temples, international restaurants and street food markets. It is a city of contrasts that even the most seasoned travellers will find fascinating. Jungle trekking in Chiang Mai is high up on most people’s hit lists, and this peaceful hill-town offers a welcome respite from the heat and density of the capital. The beaches in southern Thailand offer some of the best stretches of white sand on the planet, where accommodation options vary from 5 star all-inclusive hotels in Phuket and Koh Samui, to rustic beach huts on the lesser visited islands of Koh Lanta or Koh Hai.



With its temples, beaches, jungle adventures, tropical rainforest, elephants and friendly people, it starts to become understandable as to why this country is just so popular. But for most there is one thing that stands out from the rest – Thai Food. An Thailand adventure holiday would not complete without sampling delicious Thai curries, freshly cooked Pad Thai, or for the real experience – taking a street-food tour of Bangkok.

 



Regions of Thailand



Bangkok



Most adventure holidays to Thailand start in the teeming capital of Bangkok. This Asian mega-city is the ultimate symbol of Thailand, it embraces everything 21st century, whilst interspersed between the modern buildings and excellent metro system are centuries-old temples and monks shopping in street markets. Bangkok captures the coming together of different worlds; the old and the modern, religion and cutting edge technology, international cuisine and local street-food.





Northern Thailand



Just several hours north but seemingly a million miles away from the bright lights of Bangkok, Northern Thailand offers a retreat from the heat, hustle and bustle of the Thai capital. Chiang Mai is the North’s cultural centre, and from here there are countless options to explore the surrounding countryside. On an Explore holiday, jungle trekking to visit the hill tribes of Northern Thailand is a popular option, as is Bamboo rafting and a tour to the infamous ‘GoldenTriangle’– a notorious drug smuggling route where the Thai, Laos and Burmese borders meet.



Southern Thailand



Broadly speaking the beaches of Thailand are split into two areas – to the west you have the Andaman Sea beaches of Phuket, Koh Phi Phi and Krabi, that are best visited in winter time, and to the east there are the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, where the shelter of the Gulf of Thailand means they can be visited during the summer months. No matter which side you choose, all tours to Southern Thailand encompass perfect stretches of white sand beaches and turquoise ocean. Khao Sok National Park is close to the resort of Krabi, and in the one of the oldest rainforests in the world there are options for wildlife spotting, kayaking the peaceful lakes and waterways, or staying in a treetop lodge.




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