Thailand

Thailand Travel Guide

In Thailand, the calendar is crowded with festivals. The Flower Festival is a three-day celebration in Chiang Mai that begins in early February with exhibitions of flower arrangements along with performances and beauty pageants. For a less floral event, you can travel to Thailand in April to see the annual Thai-boxing competition. The exact location changes year to year, but the fights are always thrilling to see wherever they take place. Some of the country's major sights include:

The Grand Palace in Bangkok which actually consists of a number of palaces, pavilions, and temples, and is home to the famous Emerald Buddha.
Wat Pho is one of Bangkok's largest temples and has the largest statue of a reclining Buddha and the largest collection of Buddha images in all of Thailand. Wat Pho is also the site for the teaching of traditional Thai medicine and is considered to be the country's earliest public education center.
Khao Sok National Park in southern Thailand (not far from Phuket) allows travelers to explore its evergreen forests and limestone mountains by foot or atop an elephant. The park's residents also include tigers, gibbons, and a number of tropical bird species.

Up-and-coming design duo Manisa Sakdiyakorn and Saitarn Karncharanwong sell their Japanese-inspired tailored shirts (think Thom Browne with a touch of Junya Watanabe) and multi-pocket canvas totes at this Bangkok boutique.

An upscale bar and restaurant located at H1 Place in Bangkok’s trendy Thonglor district, To Die For serves cocktails and wines alongside French and international-inspired cuisine. Executive chef and film director K.

Known as the “Jewel of Asia,” Siam Paragon Mall is an expansive shopping center located in the heart of the city in the Pathum Wan neighborhood. The mall is home to more than 250 high-end retailers, including Jimmy Choo, Gucci, and Prada.

Many beaches in Southern Thailand are overrun with Western travelers, but the quiet stretch of powdery sand known as Rai Lay, on Krabi Island—only accessible by boat—is an exception.

A new bohemian-style bar and gallery.

H1

Designed in the Modernist style by Duangrit Bunnag, the H1 complex is at the forefront of the city’s shopping scene. The collection of glass buildings, which houses a myriad of retailers and eateries, was largely responsible for revitalizing and reinventing the Thonglor district.

Pick up a piece of "contemporary ethnic" jewelry at this Bangkok staple.

Located on the fifth floor of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, the expansive i.Sawan Residential Day Spa covers 75,350 square feet.

Le Fenix hotel's rooftop bar has hammocks and tables in a garden setting.

BTS

Skip city traffic by using the BTS which runs through Bangkok on two lines.

This 2006 newcomer joins the nightlife nexus on Sukhumvit Road.

Destination Spa Spa-obsessed jet-setters, take note: Six Senses has brought the best of Southeast Asia’s healing arts to a speck of land off Phuket’s eastern coast. A 26-acre retreat houses four individual spas—yes, four—each dedicated to Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, or Thai traditions.

Basheer Graphic Books is a prominent bookseller in Southeast Asian markets, including  Malaysia, Indonesia, and Hong Kong.

Stop by the open-air market and the historic park in the nearby town of Phimai.