Thailand Holiday Travel and Best Romantic Thailand Beaches

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Thailand is one of the most accessible and well-known countries in South East Asia. Its diverse attractions make it popular with tourists and travelers of all types and ages.

Sun-seekers lie on the beaches on one of Thailand's many beautiful tropical islands, backpackers explore Thailand's culture and Westerners (farang) who stay long-term hang out in Bangkok or work in one of Thailand's tourist resorts.

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The Kingdom of Thailand, which used to be called Siam until 1939, has never been colonized by the West and therefore does not have the same resentment towards foreigners that is experienced in some other countries.

Thailand is an interesting country to visit historically and culturally with impressive ruins from ancient empires in Thailand.

Thailand was invaded by the Burmese and was under Khmer control for some time. People from other areas such as China, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia and Tibet have ended up in Thailand, leading to a diverse mixture of people and cultures.

Buddhism came to Thailand from India in the second or third century BC and has become the predominant religion but there is also a strong Muslim community in Thailand.

Thais are very proud of their King. The easy-going attitude of the people in Thailand has led to Thailand being known as the 'Land of Smiles'. Thais tend to be pleasant and friendly, and used to tourists. English is now taught in schools so many young Thais speak some English.

The Kingdom of Thailand lies in the heart of Southeast Asia, making it a natural gateway to Indochina, Myanmar and Southern China.

Its shape and geography divide into four natural regions: the mountains and forests of the North; the vast rice fields of the Central Plains; the semi-arid farm lands of the Northeast plateau; and the tropical islands and long coastline of the peninsula South.

The country comprises 76 provinces that are further divided into districts, sub-districts and villages.

Bangkok is the capital city and centre of political, com- mercial, industrial and cultural activities. It is also the seat of Thailand's revered Royal Family, with His Majesty the King recognised as Head of State, Head of the Armed Forces, Upholder of the Buddhist religion and Upholder of all religions.

Beach Holidays Thailand

Pattaya and Jomtien
Near Bangkok is busy Pattaya, divided into north, central and south. Accommodation is varied and always available.

Although the beach is nothing special, dining and entertainment abound and water sports (water-skiing, windsurfing, parasailing, jet skiing and fishing) keep beach goers satisfied.

Hua Hin
Four hours by bus from Bangkok, Hua Hin is a lively, breezy town with a long white-sand beach. Tourists can take pony rides, and Wat Khao Takiap rewards those who walk there with a nice sea view. A few catamaran, parasailing and jet ski operators work off Hua Hin beach, but it is mostly peaceful.

Koh Samui
Koh Samui has lovely beaches to suit everyone. The most active are Chaweng and Lamai, which offer similar activities to Pattaya plus mountain bike, motorcycle and jeep hire. Chaweng also has vibrant nightlife. Northwards, Koh Phangan is cheaper and quieter, except for the riotous full moon parties at Had Rin.

Phuket offers all the above activities and entertainment, and hiking is possible, even outside bustling Patong Beach. Runners can join the local Hash House Harriers' foot races.

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This article was published on 2011/05/13