Thailand has found fame in recent years due to its discovery by gap year travellers and their penchant for a Full Moon party on the beaches of Koh Phangan. But away from the tiki torches and buckets of booze, Thailand is a country of stunning natural beauty, fascinating culture, welcoming people and fabulous weather to boot!
Thailand’s popularity can be rooted in the variety on offer to travellers and holidaymakers. If you want to experience frenetic city life, Bangkok obliges in spades. For some of the best diving in the world, Ko Tao’s crystalline waters and abundance of life under the waves is unmissable. Chaing Mai is a favourite for culture-vultures, drawn to its temples and medieval artefacts inside its ancient city walls. And, of course, the beaches! Palm-fringed, white sandy beaches bank into waters as clear as glass and as warm as bath-water. For utmost desert-island paradise, the trifecta of Ko Samui, Ko Pha-Ngan and Ko Tao on the Samui archipelago is the definitive introduction to Thai island life.
Thailand’s year-round high temperatures help make it South East Asia’s most visited country, with the mercury hovering around the 28° mark, even in the coolest month of December.