Introducing the country

Voted one of the top five friendliest countries in the world, Thailand is known for its idyllic tropical beaches, ancient ruins and abundance of temples. With great street food and plenty of shop...

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Voted one of the top five friendliest countries in the world, Thailand is known for its idyllic tropical beaches, ancient ruins and abundance of temples. With great street food and plenty of shopping opportunities, there are numerous reasons to visit this charming country.

Home to over 67 million people, Thailand has 3219km of coastline and hundreds of islands. The landscape alternates between picturesque beaches and forests to mountainous havens, and cities with urban development like Bangkok. 

Taking inspiration from its surroundings, Thailand has plenty of seafood on offer as well as traditional dishes like Pad Thai, both of which are common street food affairs. With over 90 percent of people in the country identifying as Buddhist, religion is a huge part of the culture and this is represented through the many temples and shrines you can find all over Thailand, even in places you wouldn't expect.

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Best way to get around

Bus

Buses are the most convenient way to travel around the country, but can be more unsafe at night, particularly on long-distance journeys. 

ferry

Ferries connect the mainland to all major islands, and are the best way of moving between islands. 

train

There are four main lines on the rail network, with good transport links throughout the country. Booking a couple of days in advance for most services is recommended, but you can book sleepers up to 60 days in advance.

car

Driving in Thailand is not for the faint-hearted, but for those who do want to give it a try, why not rent a car