From the clear azure waters of the South islands to the elephants roaming the mountains of the North, Thailand is divided by frenetic love-it-or-hate-it Bangkok at the heart of the ‘Land of Smiles’. With some of the best Asian food that exists, Thailand has everything from bustling cities to stunning palm fringed beaches, diving to trekking and ridiculous all night parties fuelled by glow paint, Sangsom buckets and unregulated Chang beer. This is a huge country that requires repeated return trips if you want to grasp a taste of each corner of its diverse nature. But who’s complaining?
IN THE KNOW
Country dialling code: +66
Currency: Thai Baht
Plug: American (two straight flat pins)
Tap Water: Not drinkable, must buy bottled water.
ATMs: Readily available.