There are several adjectives that describe Thailand as a tourist destination; however the one that is most fitting is of 'Thailand as a 365 days holiday destination'. Over the decades the Monarch's of Thailand have tirelessly worked to make this nation a one fitting to the modern upcoming superpowers. A sudden upsurge of development and industrialization was observed from 1980's to late 90's. This has earned Thailand several other titles such as 'Thailand – A shopper's paradise', Thailand – a haven for upcoming business, so on and so forth.
Nature - The strapping beauty
The tropical climate of Thailand is one of the paramount reasons for making it into a perfect holiday destination the year round. The sun-kissed beaches, abundance of good food and drink, and the presence of many unexplored islands attract tourists (from every walk of life) from the world over. At a certain time of the year one will find some of these unexplored islands dotted with turtles of the rarest breed (some are almost extinct). Every month the islands come alive on full moon night. The monthly Full Moon parties of Koh Samui, and Ko Phangan are renowned. The music is at a blast, and there are also D.J. competitions that make these parties a big hit.
Thainess - The Thai Touch
The soft spoken, and generous hospitality are natural to Siamese people. Thailand is all about living happy and making others happy. This is the core aim of The Royal Initiative Discovery projects initiated by His Majesty. Visitors explore the ethnic diversity of the Northern charm by visiting the villages or taking up a home stay program to live with the host family and learn their way of living. Riding on an elephant, learning about the hill tribe culture, or jungle trekking are a few of a once in a life time experiences when in North Thailand. The cool and pleasant weather of Thailand creates picturesque landscape coupled with the simple lifestyle of the farming communities make agro-tourism in the North very intriguing.
Thailand's history embeds exquisite culture and various important archaeological and historical sites. The highly sacred temples surely symbolises the distinct Lanna culture and the evidence of human settlements. The World Heritage UNESCO Sites like Sukho-Thai enables visitors to sketch a clear picture of Thai history and culture. The religious beliefs of Thai's can be determined from the existence of ancient temples in Chiang Mai. The temple is regarded as the most complete Lanna chapel houses and houses the most sacred Buddha image of Chiang Mai. Thai temples have been the centre of their spiritual well-being since ancient times.
Spa and Massages
Pampering oneself can always make one happy and this can happen any time of the year. Thailand is very well known for its massages and spa therapy. The foot massage specially is done in a very ritualistic fashion. A special stick is used to stimulate the reflex points on your feet, which correspond to the internal organs in one's body. Bountiful brides from the world over come to Thailand for the Bridal spa, for that special added glow.
The Business Destination
The country of Siam is strategically located in the centre of the Indochina Peninsula. The seaward winds that blowing over the region make it ideal for farmers to grow a variety of crops and fruits. There are a variety of fruits that are reared in this region. The capital city of Bangkok translates as the village of olives in Siamies. Thailand is one of the largest exporters of fruits. It is a haven for fruit candies and various other items that are prepared out of fruits. Apart from fruits Thailand is huge on Garment exports as well.
A Shopper's Paradise
Incase one is looking out for some good stuff to buy, Thailand is the place to be. From street vendors' to high end malls, this is absolute paradise for every kind of shopper. The night bazers on the various islands of Thailand cannot be missed. The markets have a way of luring customers with fascinating wares and even more attractive pricing. Bangkok is the home to some of the best malls in the continent of Asia. MBK and Siam Paragon, are some of the most well known malls. The Amazing Thailand Shopping Festival is from June till August. During this period Thailand comes up with some attractive discounts, and a hoard of irresistible cultural events. Trendy boutiques are dotted all over Thailand. Apart from shopping there is the best ever night life that Thailand offers.
The Festivals of Thailand
Thailand celebrates every festival with gusto. Starting with New Years eve, there is no end to the various national, and cultural festivals that span the year round. From the Kings Birthday to Constitution day, Children's day, teachers day, ploughing ceremony day, Buffalo racing, all become important day of the year. One can cite the various cultural elements of the Siam people becoming an important part of the festivals. The festival day come alive with song, dance, and music. The highlights of the year 2012 are, ‘Royal Flora Ratchaphruek Fair' (Dec 14th 2011 to March 14th 2012), the very famous 'Songkran Festival' (13th to 15th April2012). The northern region hosts many amazing festivals that can be found only in this region such as Yi Peng Festival. It is a unique traditional launching of Lanna-style lantern, where one can watch small firelights drifting across the full moon sky.
Trends - Promotions & Events
Thailand becomes an ideal holiday destination all through the year. The government of Thailand comes up with various promotional schemes with hotels, and air fares to promote tourism in the country. Thailand has a variety of accommodation to offer to its tourists. From state of the art hotels with plush architecture to reasonable accommodation keeping tab on the pocket is offered here. Keeping the advantage of the Thai Bhat floatation in mind the government designs festivals and other cultural events, luring tourists from the world over. The topography of the country acts as an added advantage. Hence there is no looking back for the tourist activity in the county of Thailand the year round.