Thailand Attractions

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Thailand Travel

Travel to Thailand should bring you close to the country’s rich traditions, renowned natural features and gracious people. Whether you’re interested in Buddhism or Muay Thai (Thai boxing), are longing to see Thailand’s awe-inspiring mountains and beaches, or want to explore colorful cities like Bangkok, the resources in this guide will help. Find cheap flights to Thailand, learn how to get around the country, find a place to stay and gain a better understanding of Thailand’s attractions and culture.

Thailand Attractions

A Southeast Asian neighbor to Laos and Cambodia, located north of Malaysia and south of Myanmar, Thailand has a vibe all its own, hosting diverse activities like Phuket’s blues festival and Trang’s traditional underwater weddings. Thailand also features bustling cities, relaxing beaches and mountain hiking. This section outlines all of Thailand’s tantalizing travel opportunities.

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  • In January 2008, Thailand selected Samak Sundaravej as prime minister, completing the country’s transition back to elected government and away from military rule. A turbulent term is expected, as Sundaravej is disliked by many because of his deadly crackdowns on peaceful protestors in the 1970s and 1990s.
  • Many of the Web sites listed below are part of a network of English-based Web sites about Thailand called Paknam Web Network. You’ll find individual links to some of the Web sites in this network, along with descriptions for your convenience.
  • Thailand means “The Land of the Free.”

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Travel Requirements for Thailand

Recent events in Thailand, including a political coup and an insurgency in the south, should encourage travelers to learn more, not to feel alarmed. This section points you to necessary logistical information, as well as to resources on Thai customs, traditions, and social and political history.

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  • Nearly 95 percent of Thailand’s people are Buddhist, and just under 5 percent are Muslim.
  • Although plenty of people speak English in Thailand, this Web site compiled a list of “10 Essential Thai Words and Phrases” that can help you make a good impression with the locals.
  • When researching Thailand, you’ll frequently come across the domain name .th, the Internet domain name for the country. When making international phone calls, the country code for Thailand is +66.

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Getting to Thailand

Thailand’s countryside has plenty of secluded locations as well as heavily trodden cities like Bangkok, which you’ll likely pass through at one point during your trip. This section presents Web sites to help you travel to Thailand by air, rail or sea.

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  • Bangkok's Don Muang International Airport is the most common entry point to the country. There are plenty of connecting flights from North America, Europe, Australia and Asia to this airport. Flights into other Thailand international airports tend to come from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Hong Kong.
  • Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Phuket and Ubon Ratchatani also have international airports, but mostly charter and regional flights go to them.

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Thailand Hotels

Different Thai cities offer a variety of accommodations. The budget traveler can find solace in the hostels and the backpacking and camping possibilities. The luxury traveler will be equally content with Bangkok’s high-class hotels and the beautiful beach resorts of Thailand’s coastal towns and cities. The following Web sites can make finding a place to stay that much simpler.

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  • Thailand presents an assortment of accommodations, including unique hotels and hostels with no hot water. There’s something suiting every budget.
  • Luxury travelers are in luck in Thailand. Some of the world’s grandest hotels and resorts are here, including the Sofitel Hua Hin and The Oriental in Bangkok. Even if you can’t afford a stay, walk through the lobby or stop in for a drink just for the experience.

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Getting Around in Thailand

Many travelers take advantage of cheap flights between major attractions and cities in Thailand, but to truly see the country and understand the culture and people, consider buses and trains. The sites in this section show you how.

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  • Book plane reservations early during the Songkran Holiday, or the Thai New Year (April 13 to April 15).
  • Tuk-tuks are “taxis” with three wheels. They’re unique forms of transportation within Bangkok, and generally fares are from 30 baht to 150 baht. Be sure to bargain for your fare, as tuk-tuks lack meters.
  • The primary airlines operating routes within Thailand are Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways, while Nok Air has many discount fares within Thailand. Their Web sites have helpful planning tools like route maps that can help you determine which cities to visit. 

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Thailand Travel Blogs and Forums

Take heed from travelers who are well acquainted with Thailand, and your trip could be a lot more rewarding. The travel blogs and forums listed in this section put you in touch with others who’ve been there.

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  • Although blogs often provide great travel information, they should be assessed with discretion because they present opinions.
  • To find blogs on a particular topic, like Thai street food, use a blog search engine like Technorati or BlogPulse.

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