Thailand is a modern paradise for many travellers. As well as cheap prices, the country has some of the world's most beautiful beaches, tastiest dishes and friendliest locals. Capital Bangkok has flights from and to countries all across the world, making it a great hub for travellers who wish to country-hop.
Where to go in Thailand
This northern city is much visited by Thai tourists because of the hit film Pai in Love, and today many Westerners make the trip up to the mountains to enjoy the alternative lifestyle. Unlike many Thai towns, this one hasn't yet been overrun by tuk-tuks and other tourist traps, making it easier to wander the streets and through the markets enjoying a relatively natural Thai experience.
Off the east coast of Thailand lies a trio of famed islands: Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. Phangan is best known for its Full Moon Parties and general debauchery, Samui is the most developed of the three, while Tao is the smallest and quietest. If you want a relaxing break or a beautiful area to learn to scuba dive, Koh Tao may be your best bet.
Another northern city, Chiang Mai is second only to Bangkok in size and tourist popularity. The walled town offers a different perspective to Thailand's capital and includes a number of unique temples, including Wat Doi Suthep and the Silver Temple. Visitors can enjoy a trip to a nearby elephant sanctuary, go zip-lining through the jungle or take a river tour to see some of the ancient temple ruins.
Where to go after Thailand
Local airlines, including low-cost carrier AirAsia, connect Thailand to Malaysia with little dent on your time or money. Malaysia is a lot different to other countries in Southeast Asia thanks to its mix of Malay, Indian, Chinese and Muslim cultures. As well as the hustle of Kuala Lumpur, think about visiting Melaka, Penang and the Cameron Highlands.
Although they share the same continent, Thailand and South Korea are worlds apart in most aspects. As well as being a much more orderly nation, Korea is a world-leader in many respects, including public transport systems and internet speeds. Seoul is one of the most modern cities in the world, which contrasts with the long history exhibited in its culture, diet and palaces.
United Arab Emirates
Thanks to Emirates, Etihad and its central location in Eurasia, the UAE is booming in tourist popularity. Swap the beaches and curries of Thailand for Dubai's extravagant skyscrapers and shopping centres and enjoy a holiday in a different world. Dubai's rich oil sheikhs have developed the desert city into a modern world wonder, with an experience like no other.
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Please note: all information is correct as of October, 2016.
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