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From the jungle-covered mountains of the north, to the paradise beaches in the southern islands, Thailand really does have everything for everyone. The romantic atmosphere of the countryside and northern city of Chiang Mai attracts travellers wishing to explore the lush nature, jungle trails, tribal cultures and local craftsmanship.
Ancient temple complexes dotted around Thailand offer a peaceful contrast to the frenetic pace of Bangkok. The city is a melting pot of tradition and modern urban life. Tuk-tuks whizz by loaded with passengers, street markets buzz with traders and the Chao Phraya River offers a serene respite.
Shopping malls and markets sell anything from beautiful handicrafts to the more typical Thai household wares. The Grand Palace complex is home to a collection of majestic temples and shimmering statues.
The south of Thailand and the islands are synonymous with long, languid days in the tropical sun. Koh Samui and Phuket offer many world-class resorts that are perfect for weddings and family holidays alike. Thailand is the home of many luxurious spa treatments, so this is the place to indulge in massages and other reinvigorating natural therapies.
The signature friendly Thai hospitality is perfect for young families, who are kept very happy with an array of outdoor activities including kayaking and exciting elephant rides.
British Airways, Thai Airways International and EVA Air from London Heathrow to Bangkok, with onward connecting flights to Phuket, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai. Flights with Emirates (via Dubai) from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow are also available
14 hours 40 mins From London Heathrow to Koh Samui
British Airways (Club World) upgrades to Bangkok, Koh Samui and Phuket start from as little as £900 per person, each way.
Capital : Bangkok
Language : Thai
Time Difference : +7 hours
Currency : Thai Baht (exchange rate approx Bt 47 = £1)
Voltage : 220 volts
Foreign and Commonwealth and Visa Info: For up-to-date country information visit www.fco.gov.uk
Thailand Tourist Office: For resort information visit www.tourismthailand.co.uk