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The kingdom of Thailand, in the heart of Southeast Asia, shares borders with Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. The kingdom of Siam has many faces, from mountain villages to tropical forests, from rice paddies to tropical islands, and from Buddhist temples to skyscrapers in Bangkok. Thanks to its geographical situation and tropical climate, Thailand boasts an exceptional variety of flora and fauna. The northern mountains, which form the southern tip of the Himalayas, contain species that are unknown in its other regions. In the south, the flora and fauna are similar to Malaysia and Indonesia. Nevertheless, the environment is increasingly threatened by economic development, in particular the tourist industry. The last great primary forests have all disappeared in Thailand, and more and more islands are being spoiled by tourist infrastructures.

A paradise for diving and trekking, spas and shopping, the country appeals to broke backpackers and businessmen. Its 2,700 kilometres of coastline attract beach buffs and sun-worshippers. Travellers will also be won over by the Thai sense of hospitality, a blend of kindness and nonchalance.

Bangkok is a place that takes you beyond the clichés, a contrasting and fascinating city of ten million inhabitants where luxury hotels rub shoulders with shantytowns. The beauty of its Buddhist temples is unforgettable.

Lastly, Thailand is among the top gastronomic destinations in the world, combining innumerable flavours and fragrances with the freshest of produce, especially fruit.

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Thailand : Must-see towns and regions

  • Bangkok

    The huge metropolis of Bangkok is fascinating for its mix of the traditional and the modern. On the western bank of the River Chao Phraya, the Thonburi district, criss-crossed by a maze of khlong (can...

  • Ayutthaya

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991, Ayutthaya is an unmissable sight for visitors interested in following in the footsteps of the kings of Siam. Built on an artificial island formed by the conflu...

  • Sukhothai

    Sukhothai, the first capital of the kingdom of Siam, comprises a superb UNESCO World Heritage Site, best visited early in the morning before the crowds get here, and a lively “new town” which is at it...

  • Chiang Mai

    Situated in a magnificent location surrounded by mountains on the banks of the River Ping, Chiang Mai is not just an open-air museum – nowadays it is a dynamic modern city which has also retained much...

  • Phuket

    With an idyllic backdrop of stunning beaches, Phuket offers a wide range of attractions to its many visitors. Wander through its lively streets lined with beautiful 19C houses (admire the highly decor...

  • Phetchaburi

    It’s worth climbing the hill as far as the royal palace, a huge white building dating from the 19C, in order to appreciate the size of this site and to enjoy the magnificent view of Phetchaburi, the “...

  • Kamphaeng Phet

    In 1991, the fortified town built on the banks of the River Ping was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, along with the forest temples which are hidden among the trees 2km to the north of the to...

  • Kanchanaburi

    This former garrison town, founded in the 17C to defend the border from Burmese attacks, now makes a pleasant stopping-off point before heading on to explore the region’s national parks. Unfortunately...

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