Thailand's Great Destinations
Bangkok has been called "Venice of the East", "The Big Mango", "City of Angels" .. but mostly it is called "Krung Thep" by the Thais. Bangkok is a city that can never be completely discovered. It is simply too large, moves too fast and distracts so easily. But have fun in the temples, sois, shops, bars as you try to discover your own version of Bangkok.
Chiang Mai projects a unique aura. The Lanna Kingdom capitol mixes centuries old tradition, rapidly developing adventure tourism and a developing nightlife. Nature activities are among the most popular with Doi Inthanon leading the way. Hill people of numerous tribes alternately try to escape the eco tourists while other sell trinkets on Chanklang Road Chiang Mai.
Ko Samui has long since lost the spirit of the backpacker and rushed headlong to achieve international beach resort status. Chaweng beach is the anchor and looks more like a Southern California beach. Bars, restaurants, scuba diving shops, internet cafes and beach hawkers stand shoulder to shoulder and compete for the tourist dollar. Yet the quiet beauty is still there. Maenam beach is living proof. Koh Samui
Phuket is an old school traditional exotic tropical resort with international flight arrivals. This tropical jewel in the Andaman sea has bounced back after the tsunami and it's pretty much business as usual. Bars, go-go's, restaurants, exotic resorts, world-class health spas share this island province with a large Thai population .. but tourism is still the topic in Phuket.
Pattaya is like the girl you date rather than the one you marry. If you listen to most travelers, no one ever goes to Pattaya. So who are the 1,000,000+ folks who jam the go-go bars, walk walking street and fill the hundreds of reasonably priced hotels -- and all those bodies on the beach? Pattaya
Ko Chang is set to be the next in the chain of Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui. The second largest Thai island is located in the gulf of Thailand off the coast of Trat Province. The area has excellent trekking, swimming, scuba diving and some excellent resorts. A number of more remote islands, including Koh Kood and Koh Maak, have resorts for the traveler who wants to get far .. far away. Koh Chang
Northeast Thailand aka Issan
Issan has soul .. and some pretty great food as well. Bounded by the mighty Mekong from Loei to Ubon, Thailand's Northeast offers travelers a different experience. Great natural parks, river cruises, Khmer ruins, bronze-age archeological features and some of the most splendid people in Thailand.
And 5 star hotels for under $100! Issan - Northeastern Thailand
The exotic Lanna Kingdom stretches from Chiang Mai to Nan and south past Phrae. Travel opportunities in Lanna range from dining at The Peak in the Chiang Rai Dusit Thani to rafting whitewater in Nan Province. Lanna offers more than the Night Bazaar and Hill Tribe silver in Chiang Mai .. more than backpacker digs in Pai. It is more than trekking mountain wilderness areas and fields of flowers. Lanna lets the traveler experience all that and more. North Thailand