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Destination of the month: Thailand

Wed 07 Nov, 2012 // Firstnumber Team
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Thailand, a land of stunning beaches, delicious and healthy cuisine, contrasting history and modern infrastructure, and such a lively party scene. If you haven't been yet, persuade your friends or partner to go on an adventure to the Southeast Asian country.

What to Do in Thailand

When in Thailand, it's recommended you split your time between its cities and beach resorts. Capital city Bangkok may only be home to one in ten Thais but is huge and never really sleeps.

Sightseeing opportunities in Bangkok include visiting the historical sights of Grand Palace and Buddhist temples, as well as the many markets selling fresh seafood and local produce.

Chiang Mai in the north is set among Thailand's highest mountains. Here you can admire some of the more than 300 Buddhist temples or Wat, and visit the annual Flower Festival that sees the city blossom every February. As a historically significant city, Chiang Mai is also home to various museums such as the Arts and Cultural Center, and the Tribal Museum.

Phuket and Ko Chang are the two largest islands in Thailand, as such boasting excellent travel infrastructure. Set in beautiful blue waters with white sands and palm trees, the islands attract a lot of international attention and visitors. Popular ways of spending time at Thailand's beach resorts include boating, fishing, snorkelling, and simply sunbathing. Partying is an evening favourite.

Thai nightlife is predominantly geared towards foreign visitors with bars and clubs promoting happy hours and potent cocktail concoctions, pumping out international tunes into the wee hours. Expect to party alongside the likes of American, Australian and European backpackers. Don't be lured in by deals that sound too good to be true.

Be sure to indulge in your fair share of local cuisine that features seafood and spices very heavily. Among the most common flavours are shrimp paste, kaffir lime, coriander, ginger, coconut milk, and galangal. Many dishes are eaten with noodles or rice.

Quirky facts about Thailand

The popular Red Bull energy drink was originally inspired by a Thai energy drink called Krating Daeng.

Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia to have escaped colonisation in the past.

In Thailand one may come across what is thought to be the world's longest snake. The longest ever reticulated python on record stretched around 10m from head to tail.

World famous golfer, Tiger Woods, is one half Thai as his mum Kultida hails from the land.

To make your travel planning easier, sign up for our cheap calls to Thailand service. This will leave you with more money to spend on your holiday!

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