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Thailand in pictures - Koh Samui
In brief +
FCO travel updates: The FCO advises against all travel to the Preah Vihear and Ta Krabey/Ta Moan temple areas on the Thailand/Cambodia border and against all but essential travel to the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla.
A wonderous and geographically diverse destination filled with mountains, jungles, beaches and azure waters, Thailand is Asia's principal holiday destination. Like much of South East Asia, Thailand is a Buddist country boasting no less than 30,000 temples. The buzzing capital of Bangkok is home to a fascinating array of bazaars, gilded temples and glass towers. From here the tranquil northern reaches of Chang Mai and the golden triangle are easily accessed. Take an elephant trek through the lush mountain scenery and immerse yourself in true Thai culture by exploring local hill tribe villages. Head south from Bangkok and you'll enter beach paradise. Coasting with both the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, the country offers a fantastic range of coastlines and coral reefs, boasting a host of jungle topped islands. Whether you're in search of a relaxing stay in the paradise of a luxury resort in Phuket or living it up in the beach party haven of Koh Phangan, Thailand has got it.
The pleasures of Thailand are indeed simple ones; the food itself is enough to draw tourists here. Bursting with flavour, the variety of dishes relies entirely on fresh, local ingredients that will tantalise your taste buds. Better still are the locals. Through their harmonious and refined way of life the Thai people will leave you with nothing but good memories of your holiday.
Luxuriant vegetation, fine sand beaches and faultless hospitality, Thailand is a first class destination. Each one of the country's islands offers something different and beach tourism in Thailand at present is a must, especially considering the favourable exchange rate. Each year this country of smiles ...
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