Thailand – the land of beautiful beaches, stunning temples, luxurious palaces and cheap bargains, has never failed to win the hearts of the travelers. The very essence of the country has attracted globetrotters of diverse backgrounds. Whether you are a backpacker looking forward to having a low-budget adventure, or a busy corporate executive planning your luxurious getaway, Thailand can offer you all types of fun wrapped in remarkable perfection! The country is also home to some of the most gorgeous women in the world. Especially in the eyes of the western gentlemen, the Asian beauties seem absolutely magnificent!
Despite receiving over 16 million tourists every year, Thailand has managed to keep its cultural integrity intact. It is one of the very few countries that has adroitly averted colonization, but hasn’t fought shy of the western influences. Although the tourist scene is highlighted by neon lights, glamour and glitz, the core of Thai culture can be found in the farming villages. You would not have to travel too far to experience the country’s traditional side that comprises Buddhist temples, rubber plantations and fishing communities. Tourism is just one of the many factors that have played a significant role in the country’s development. As the uncertainties of the Vietnam War started to fade away, Thailand’s development proceeded at a death-defying pace.
Start with Bangkok and Pattaya:
For most tourists, Bangkok stays on top of the itinerary. If this is your first time here, the clash between tradition and modernity may seem almost stark. At the historic core of the city, you will find canal-side markets, splendid temples, and the luxurious indulgence of the 18th century Grand Palace. The downtown area is adorned with skyscrapers that shelter the city’s cutting-edge fashion scene and hip clubs and bars. Once you have had enough of the capital city, you can move on to Pattaya. Here, you may not find the most luxurious of resorts, but you will find something that is more pocket-friendly. You will find much prettier beaches on the Koh Chang Island and its surrounding areas.
Isaan – the more traditional side of Thailand:
Very few tourists would be interested enough to travel away from the party scene and to the more traditional Thailand. Isaan, one of the poorest Thai regions, will bring you closer to that side of the country that is much less publicized or glamorized. To witness Thailand’s northeastern extremities, you must travel through the landscapes of Mekong River valley. Here you will find a fascinating range of religious sites and archetypical villages. Isaan holds some of Thailand’s best kept secrets that you don’t want to miss out on!