A country of contrasts
Thailand was first in line when they were dishing out blissful beach scenes. But only talking about its jaw-dropping shorelines won’t do justice to everything else it has to offer. Gawping at gold-clad monasteries, taking a dip at the foot of a waterfall and scoffing street food will all make your ‘I’ll remember this forever’ list.
Phuket – just off Thailand’s southwest coast – serves up beaches of every kind and has world-class diving conditions. Whether you like your stretches of sand palm-fringed and people-free, or packed with partygoers, you can take your pick here.
Thailand’s fast-paced capital city is well worth a visit during your stay in the country – it’s an insane mix of holy shrines and crazy nightlife, with shopping and street food crammed in between.
Giant national parks and tropical forests nuzzle the shoreline here, so the opportunities for hiking, canoeing and wildlife-spotting come by the bucket-load. The diving conditions are first-rate, too.