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Ancient temples, opulent palaces, sandy beaches and tropical forests, Thailand seems to have it all – which is why the Land of Smiles continues to be one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world.
Whether you long for relaxation in a luxury resort, experience its fun festivals or seek thrills on one of its legendary motorcycling roads, visitors always come back to add more on their endless list of things to do in the kingdom. One of the best ways to delve deeper into Thai culture is to experience some of its many festivals. Whether you’re in the capital Bangkok or in the northern city of Chiang Mai, Thai festivals take place all over the kingdom throughout the entire year and range from the religious and spiritual to the fun and outrageous. Perhaps its most famous festivals are the fun-filled Songkran or Thai New Year, and the beautiful Loy Krathong and Yi Peng which take place nationwide. However, there are plenty more festivals with many of them typical to one particular region or province.
Thai food has earned itself a top place in world cuisine and forms an unalienable part of Thai culture. Bring some of it back home by joining one of the many Thai cooking classes on offer.
The three seasons are hot, cool and rainy, but climate patterns vary regionally so come prepared.
Over fifty countries are now visa-exempt to enter the kingdom – check with your local Thai embassy about the latest requirements for your nationality.