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Thailand Flag The Kingdom of Thailand is a country in Southeast Asia. It has borders with Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and Myanmar (Burma), as well as having coastlines on the Gulf of Andaman and the Gulf of Thailand.

As of 2006, Thailand had an estimated population of 62,828,706. The capital and largest city in the country is as of Bangkok (Thai: Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, or Krung Thep), which had a population of 5,705,061 as of 2007. Although Bangkok is by far the largest city in the country, there also ten other cities with populations of over 100,000.

Thailand is a newly industrialized country, and between 1985 and 1995 had the world's highest growth rate, averaging nearly 9% per year GDP growth. However, the Thai currency, the baht, came under pressure in 1997 (eventually triggering a wider Asian financial crisis), causing the currency to be substantially devalued and Thai economy to shrink by more than 10% in that single year. However the Thai economy did subsequently recover, in part due to a recovery program called "Thaksinomics" (named after Thaksin Shinawatra who was Prime Minister from 2001 to 2006).

Map of Thailand

Thailand Country Details


Country Name Thailand
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Southeastern Asia
Flag Thailand Flag
Principal Language Thai
Capital Bangkok
Major Towns/Cities
  • Bangkok (Capital)
  • Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Rai
  • Hat Yai
  • Khon Kaen
  • Lampang
  • Nakhon Pathom
  • Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Nakhon Sawan
  • Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
  • Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Nonthaburi
  • Pak Kret
  • Pattaya
  • Phitsanulok
  • Phuket
  • Rayong
  • Samut Prakan
  • Samut Sakhon
  • Songkhla
  • Surat Thani
  • Trang
  • Ubon Ratchathani
  • Udon Thani
  • Yala


  • Web Sites about Thailand


    Wat Kanlawa (Holy Rosary Church), Bangkok, Thailand
    Here are some other web sites that may be useful::

    Siam Square, Bangkok, Thailand

    Books about Thailand


    Here are some books about travel to Thailand:

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    Lonely Planet Thailand (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet, Tim Bewer, Austin Bush & Damian Harper

    Lonely Planet
    Released: 2018-07-17
    Paperback (800 pages)

    Lonely Planet Thailand (Travel Guide)
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    Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher*

    Lonely Planet’s Thailand is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Learn to cook authentic Thai dishes in Chiang Mai, rock-climb the limestone karsts (or watch from the sugar-white beaches) of Railay, and trek through dense jungle and stay in tree-top bungalows in Kanchanaburi – all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Thailand and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet’s Thailand:

    • Colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - covering history, people, music, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, politics
    • Covers Bangkok, Central Thailand, Ko Chang, Chiang Mai Province, Northern Thailand, Hua Hin, Southern Gulf, Ko Samui, Lower Gulf, Phuket, Andaman Coast

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet’s Thailand is our most comprehensive guide to Thailand, and is perfect for discovering both popular and offbeat experiences.

    • Looking for just the highlights? Check out Pocket Bangkok and Pocket Phuket, our handy-sized guides featuring the best sights and experiences for a short visit.
    • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet’s Thailand’s Islands & Beaches and Bangkok guides for an in-depth look at all these regions have to offer.

    About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You’ll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

    TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

    ‘Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.’ – New York Times

    ‘Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.’ – Fairfax Media (Australia)

    *Source: Nielsen BookScan: Australia, UK, USA, 5/2016-4/2017

    DK Eyewitness Thailand (Travel Guide)
    By DK Eyewitness

    Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
    Released: 2016-10-18
    Paperback (512 pages)

    DK Eyewitness Thailand (Travel Guide)
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    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Thailand will lead you straight to the best attractions this country has to offer.

    Whether you're traveling to major destinations such as Bangkok and Phuket or want to experience diving in Ko Tao, elephant riding in Chiang Mai, or the monuments in Wat Si Chum, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Thailand explores the culture, history, and architecture of this beautiful and diverse nation.

    Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Thailand.

       • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.
       • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
       • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
       • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
       • Area maps marked with sights.
       • Detailed city maps include a street finder index for easy navigation.
       • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
       • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

    With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Thailand truly shows you what others only tell you.

    Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photographs, and illustrations of any guide.

    Frommer's Thailand (Complete Guides)
    By Ashley Niedringhaus

    FrommerMedia
    Released: 2019-03-05
    Paperback (448 pages)

    Frommer s Thailand (Complete Guides)
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    For more than 60 years, Frommer’s’ guides have cut through the noise and hyperbole to deliver what no other books can: Honest talk, frank advice, and an affectionate insider’s secrets to appreciating and affording vacations around the world. Don’t travel like a mere tourist―discover the full experiences of Thailand, from Bangkok to its sublime cuisine to its world-famous island escapes. Whether your budget is large or tight, Frommer’s shows you Thailand like a local. Frommer’s takes you to the experiences that only locals know about!



    -Insider advice on how to best experience the historic and natural wonders of Thailand, and little-known secrets about where to eat and drink



    -Where to find the best beaches, resorts, markets, hiking trails, scenic vistas, from the jungles of the north to the sugar-sand beaches of the south.



    -Insightful commentary on Thailand’s stunning national parks, ruins, historic sites, and architectural highlights, plus an in-depth discussion of its rich cultural history so you’ll appreciate what you’re seeing. Frommer’s has been to all of them!



    -Opinionated reviews. No bland descriptions and lukewarm recommendations. Our expert writers are passionate about their destinations―they tell it like it is in an engaging and helpful way.



    -Exact prices listed for every establishment and activity―no other guides offer such detailed, candid reviews of hotels and restaurants. We include the very best, but also emphasize moderately priced choices for real people.



    -User-friendly features including star ratings to point readers to great finds, excellent values, insider tips, best bets for kids, special moments, and overrated experiences.

    Thailand: The Solo Girl's Travel Guide
    By Alexa West

    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
    Paperback (283 pages)

    Thailand: The Solo Girl s Travel Guide
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    Bangkok | Chiang Mai |Krabi & Railay | Koh Phi Phi | Koh Samui | Koh Phangan| Koh Tao 

    Updated July 2019!! If you're going to Phuket - purchase the "Thailand Islands and Beaches" Guide!

    Ditch the generic travel guides that are impersonal AF and feel like they were written for your nerdy cousin who wears socks with sandals.

    A true Thailand vacation should be equal amounts Thai culture, street food, and tan lines. And that’s exactly what this guide is!

    The Solo Girl's Travel Guide shows you...

    • What to Pack
    • The Best Islands, Beaches, and Hotels for your Budget
    • Local Places to Eat, Shop, and Explore along the way
    • Sights & Temples you MUST See (and which sights are a waste of time)
    • Hidden Bars where you can make friends with Locals & Expats
    • How to Take Public Transportation around the City
    • And the nerve-racking stuff like how to get to your hotel from the airport without getting scammed

    Plan the perfect itinerary for 1 week, 10 days, 3 weeks - without breaking your budget. 

    What this Guide is not…

    • An overwhelming deep-dive into Thailand’s history
    • A 5-hour read with historical dates and ancient facts
    • A book written by some man who doesn’t even live here…

    Speaking of men, since the success of The Solo Girl’s Travel Guide, I’ve had many dudes ask me, “Yeah, but why a girl’s guide?”

    Um, because we have boobs. And for some reason, that’s enough for the world to treat us like toys. We constantly have to ask ourselves questions like….

    • Are there drugs in my drink?
    • Is that dark alley filled with serial killers?
    • Am I going to be kidnapped and sold to the highest bidder?

    The answer is usually no, but for us girls, “usually” doesn’t cut it. In order to be wild and carefree, we’ve got to feel 100% safe.

    And I’ve never found a travel guide to take my safety into consideration…so, here we are.

    PS. If you're going to Phuket - purchase the "Thailand Islands and Beaches" Guide! This guide skips Phuket...and for good reason.

     

    Remember!

    You don’t need a boyfriend, a travel partner or anyone’s approval to travel the world. And you don’t need a massive bank account or an entire summer off work. All you need is some courage in your bones and a good book in your hands. If you’ve doubted yourself for one moment, remember this:

    Millions of girls travel across the globe all by themselves every damn day and you can, too.

    You are just as capable, just as smart, and just as brave as the rest of us. You don’t need permission- this is your life. Listen to your gut, follow your heart, and just book that ticket already!

    Oh, and once you’ve bought this book…we’re officially friends. I’m here if you need me, just write me on Instagram - you'll find my handle inside. 

    Ps. Phuket is sleazy - don't even bother. I don't include it for a reason. 

    Fodor's Essential Thailand: with Cambodia & Laos (Full-color Travel Guide)
    By Fodor's Travel Guides

    Fodor's Travel
    Released: 2019-04-09
    Paperback (560 pages)

    Fodor s Essential Thailand: with Cambodia & Laos (Full-color Travel Guide)
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    Ready to experience Thailand? The experts at Fodor’s are here to help. Fodor’s Essential Thailand: with Cambodia & Laos travel guide is packed with customizable itineraries with top recommendations, detailed maps of Thailand, and exclusive tips from locals. Whether you want to visit Buddhist temples, sample Bangok’s street food, indulge in a Thai massage, or shop floating markets, this up-to-date guidebook will help you plan it all out.

    This new edition has been FULLY-REDESIGNED with a fresh layout and beautiful images for more intuitive travel planning!

    Fodor’s Essential Thailand includes:

      • AN ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE GUIDE that visually captures the top highlights of Thailand, as well as neighboring Cambodia and Laos.
      • SPECTACULAR COLOR PHOTOS AND FEATURES throughout, including special features on the Grand Palace, Angkor Wat, Thai markets, the Buddha in Thailand, and Thailand’s beaches.
      • INSPIRATIONAL “BEST OF” LISTS identify the best things to see, do, eat, drink, and more.
      • MULTIPLE ITINERARIES for various trip lengths help you maximize your time.
      • MORE THAN 50 DETAILED MAPS AND A FREE PULLOUT MAP help you plot your itinerary and navigate confidently.
      • EXPERT RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS offer options for every taste.
      • TRIP PLANNING TOOLS AND PRACTICAL TIPS include: guides to getting around, saving money and time, beating the crowds; basic Thai phrases; and a calendar of festivals and events.
      • LOCAL INSIDER ADVICE tells you where to find under-the-radar gems including: “20 Things to Eat and Drink in Thailand,” “10 Unique Places to Stay,” “10 Ethical Animal Encounters,” “Best Outdoor Adventures,” and lists of the best temples and natural wonders
      • HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL OVERVIEWS add perspective and enrich your travels.
      • COVERS: Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Ayutthaya, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Samui, Cambodia, and Laos, and includes the Ruins of Ayutthaya, Khao Suk National Park, Phanom Rung, the Grand Palace, Angkor Wat, Koh Similan, and more.

    ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts. Fodor’s has been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years.

    Planning on visiting more of Southeast Asia? Check out Fodor’s Essential Vietnam.

    Original cover photography by Jill Krueger.

    Thailand: An Insider's Guide for the Savvy Traveler
    By Dave Dunne

    Independently published
    Paperback (122 pages)

    Thailand: An Insider s Guide for the Savvy Traveler
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    The best collection of tips, tricks and secrets EVERY first-time traveler to Thailand must read.

    After reading this concise and powerful travel guide, you'll be traveling like it's your 10th trip, not your 1st, or 2nd.

    Minimize the learning curve.

    I've been living in and traveling to Thailand for nearly a decade, and it took MANY years to learn how to get over the numerous barriers …something IMPOSSIBLE for a first-timer…unless they read up.

    This book is a direct download of everything I WISH I would have known right from the start.

    You REALLY DO need to know some things that nobody else seems to tell you in any other books! 

    What this travel guide is not:

    • Long and detailed Lonely Planet travel guide;
    • Collection of maps, restaurants and popular tours;
    • Thorough history lesson.
    • Someone else’s own personal adventure (No thanks, I make my own).

    Thailand is incredibly complex, and that stuff won’t help you get inside.

    What you'll learn in this book:

    • Key culture traits, lessons and how to seem like an expat who knows things.
    • How each and every monetary transaction is structured, and how to negotiate with Thais.
    • The best of Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Koh Samui, Krabi, Chiang Mai and more!
    • Key phrases and language tips.
    • Where to stay for the best time.
    • Where the nightlife is.
    • The best activities to get a true experience.
    • How to do ALL of that efficiently and safely, like you've done it before!
    • How to avoid all of the SCAMS and legal trouble.
    • Ingrain yourself and get to know the REAL Thailand.

    When I say the REAL Thailand, I mean behind the facade the tourism industry wants you to see. Things are NOT as they appear in the Land of Smiles.

    Navigating this complex and intriguing environment requires an understanding of the unique culture, and a roadmap to help you approach common situations you're sure to run into.

    This concise, to-the-point guide will give you a good starting point to plan from and minimize the learning curve!

    Chokh di krap! (Good luck!)

    DK Eyewitness Thailand (Travel Guide)
    By DK Eyewitness

    DK Eyewitness Travel
    Released: 2019-11-19
    Paperback (384 pages)

    DK Eyewitness Thailand (Travel Guide)
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    Discover Thailand with this essential travel guide, designed to help you help you create your own unique trip and to transport you there before you've even packed your bags. Sample the best of Thai cuisine in Bangkok, island hop across the Tautao archipelago, explore the incredible natural beauty of the Mekong River Valley, cycle through the majestic temples of Sukhothai, or dance till dawn at a Full Moon party--DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Thailand covers the must-see sights and the hidden corners so you won't miss a thing.

    - Gorgeous, all-new color photography so you can imagine yourself there 
    - Reasons to love Thailand: ancient temples, tasty street food, breathtaking beaches--what will yours be? 
    - See Thailand from a different angle: lots of fresh ideas for exploring this spectacular country 
    - A year-long calendar of events in Thailand gives a selection of local events and festivals for all seasons 
    - Expert advice covers the practical stuff: get ready, get around, and stay safe 
    - Detailed color maps help you navigate the country with ease 
    - Expert tips to make memories that last--where to snap and share the perfect photo, take in stunning views, and escape the crowds 
    - The most authentic places to stay, eat, drink, and shop
    - Easy-to-follow walks and itineraries take you on a tour of each area, with plenty of food and drink stops en route 
    - Hand-drawn illustrations show the inside of the must-see attractions, including Bangkok's Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo, and Prasat Hin Khao Phnom Rung, and Doi Suthep 
    - Covers Bangkok, the Central Plains, Northern Thailand, Northeast Thailand, the Gulf of Thailand, and the South

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Thailand is a detailed, easy-to-use guide designed to help you create your own unique trip.

    Searching for paradise? Try our DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Thailand's Beaches and Islands. Taking a shorter trip? Try our Top 10 Bangkok

    About DK Eyewitness Travel: For 25 years, DK's beautifully practical Eyewitness guides have been combining inspiring ideas and expert advice with easy-to-read maps and vivid photography to inform and enrich your vacation. In 2018, the Eyewitness series was relaunched with a stunning new look that you will love even more. DK is the world's leading illustrated reference publisher, producing beautifully designed books for adults and children in over 120 countries.
    Lonely Planet Discover Thailand (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet, Tim Bewer, David Eimer & Anita Isalska

    Lonely Planet
    Released: 2018-08-21
    Paperback (324 pages)

    Lonely Planet Discover Thailand (Travel Guide)
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    Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher*

    Lonely Planet’s Discover Thailand is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Get your fill of temples in Bangkok and Ayuthaya, take a cooking course in Chiang Mai, and find your perfect beach spot―all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Thailand and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet’s Discover Thailand:

    • Full-color maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - covering history, food & drink, dance, religion, architecture, landscapes, wildlife
    • Free, convenient pull-out Bangkok map (included in print version), plus easy-to-use color maps for easy navigation
    • Covers Bangkok, Hua Hin, Ayuthaya, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Nong Khai, Ko Pha-Ngan, Ko Samui, Railay, Phuket, Ko Phi-Phi, and more

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet’s Discover Thailand is filled with inspiring and colorful photos, and focuses on Thailand’s most popular attractions for those wanting to experience the best of the best.

    Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet’s Thailand or Thailand’s Islands & Beaches guides.

    Looking for a guide focused on an individual city or region? Check out Lonely Planet’s Bangkok for an in-depth look at all the city has to offer. Or Pocket Bangkok, Pocket Ko Samui and Pocket Phuket, our handy-sized guides featuring the best sights and experiences for a short visit.

    About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveler since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travelers. You’ll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

     TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

    ‘Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.’ – New York Times

    ‘Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.’ – Fairfax Media (Australia)

    *Source: Nielsen BookScan: Australia, UK, USA, 5/2016-4/2017

    Lonely Planet Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet, Tim Bewer, Austin Bush & Richard Waters

    Lonely Planet
    Paperback (576 pages)

    Lonely Planet Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand (Travel Guide)
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    Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

    Lonely Planet Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Tempt your tastebuds with pho noodle soup in Vietnam, sail past the limestone peaks of Halong Bay, or experience the transcendent tranquility of temples like Angkor Wat; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet's Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand Travel Guide:

    • Colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - customs, history, art, music, dance, landscapes, environment, cuisine
    • Over 70 maps
    • Covers Hanoi, Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Golden Triangle and more

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand , our most comprehensive guide to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

    About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves. The world awaits!

    Lonely Planet guides have won the TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

    'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' -- Fairfax Media

    'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

    The Rough Guide to Thailand (Travel Guide) (Rough Guides)
    By Rough Guides

    Rough Guides
    Released: 2018-12-01
    Paperback (800 pages)

    The Rough Guide to Thailand (Travel Guide) (Rough Guides)
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    The Rough Guide to Thailand



    Discover this exciting destination with the most incisive andentertaining guidebook on the market. Whether you plan to island-hop your waydown the Andaman coast, sample street food at Bangkok's night markets or trekto the hill tribes around Chiang Mai, The Rough Guide to Thailand will show you the ideal places to sleep, eat, drink, shop and visit along the way.



    Independent, trusted reviews written with Rough Guides' trademark blend of humour, honesty and insight, to help you get the most out of your visit, with options to suit every budget.

    Full-colour maps throughout- navigate Bangkok's backstreets and stroll around Krabi town without needing to get online.

    Stunning images- a rich collection of inspiring colour photography.



    Things not to miss: Rough Guides' rundown of Thailand's best sights and experiences

    Itineraries - carefully planned routes to help you organize your trip.

    Detailed regional coverage - whether off the beaten track or in more mainstream tourist destinations, this travel guide has in-depth practical advice for every step of the way.

    Areascovered include: Bangkok; Chiang Mai; Ko Samui; Ko Pha Ngan; Ko Lanta; Phuket;Ko Phi Phi; Krabi; Ko Tao; Ko Chang; Ko Kood; Ko Samet; Ko Mak; Pai; Ayutthaya;Nakhon Si Thammarat; Nan; Ao Phang Nga.

    Attractions include: Chatuchak Weekend Market; Jim Thompson's House; Wat Pho; Khmer ruinsat Phimai; Khao Yai National Park; Wat Phra That Doi Suthep; The Grand Palace;Wat Phu Tok; The National Museum.

    Basics- essential pre-departure practical information including getting there,local transport, accommodation, food and drink, health, the media, festivals, outdoor activities, spas and traditional massage, meditation centres and retreats, culture and etiquette, travelling with children, and more.



    Background information- a contexts chapter devoted to history,religion, art and architecture, flora and fauna, environmental issues, music, hill tribes, film and recommended books, plus a handy language section.

    Make the Most of Your Time on Earth with The Rough Guide to Thailand.



    About Rough Guides: Escape the everyday with Rough Guides. We are a leading travel publisher known for our "tell it like it is" attitude, up-to-date content and great writing. Since 1982, we've published books covering more than 120 destinations around theglobe, with an ever-growing series of ebooks, a range of beautiful,inspirational reference titles, and an award-winning website. We prideourselves on our accurate, honest and informed travel guides.

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