For 417 years, this ancient city was the capital of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya, whose territory once extended beyond present-day Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar....more
Koh Samui's beaches are the postcard-perfect vision of paradise, with the vividness of the green hills and sea matched only by the brilliant white sand. While...more
Arguably the best beach—and certainly the longest—on Phuket is Hat Mai Khao, a five-mile slice of white sand rimmed with pines in Sirinat Marine...more
Private Thai-style boats known as longtails are an ideal way to explore Koh Samui and its surrounding islands. The Five Islands Experience (Five Islands Beach,...more
Whether by public ferry or private water taxi, leisurely cruises down the Chao Phraya River guarantee great views. Better yet, get off the river and explore...more
Some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world is in the Andaman Sea 60 miles north of Phuket, with a superb diversity of marine life and visibility of up...more
For centuries, timber elephants played a crucial role in northern Thailand's economy. The Thai government banned commercial logging in 1989, but the skills of...more
Wear drip-dry clothing for Songkran. The mid-April Thai New Year celebration is a blow-out splash party throughout the kingdom, but Chiang Mai's water festival...more
Serious fishermen come to Koh Samui to catch Mekong catfish, carp up to 150 pounds, and arapaima. Those species are among the 4,000 fish swimming at the TopCats...more
Once notorious for its poppy farmers and drug lords, the Thai-Burma-Laos frontier has largely cleaned up its act. In northernmost Chiang Rai province, a...more
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