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Shopping, pampering and exploring are high on anyone’s Thailand agenda. It’s possible to do these and a whole lot more during your stay in the kingdom.
Indoors or outdoors, Thailand offers an amazing range of options to keep you entertained. Spas can cleanse your body while beauty treatments can make your hair, nails or skin feel divine. For the more adventurous, there is trekking to remote hilltribe villages, magnificent waterfalls and national parks to explore, or you can ride an elephant through the jungle. For true testosterone lovers, world-class rock-climbing and diving can be experienced in the south.
If you prefer to take things a little easier, wander around the temple ruins of Ayuthaya for a glimpse at the former capital’s past glories, stroll through the old town in Chiang Mai to see beautifully-preserved temples or stay in the capital to see some of the kingdom’s most famous treasures. The country’s rich culture and proud heritage are an integral part of any visit.
Beach-dwellers can linger all day in the sands, swim in cobalt seas or get a massage right there by the water’s edge. More luxurious massages await in Thailand’s famous spas, where specially-tailored health programmes are available.
Whether it’s action-packed or soothing, Thailand offers a comprehensive package of activities.
Lying back and receiving a traditional Thai massage surrounded by fragrant oils and candlelight is an experience to savour.
Having nice nails is big business in Thailand. Flowers, butterflies and stars can all appear at the end of your fingers in a matter of minutes, while cute cuticles can be created by fully-qualified staff.
Scale up the side of a cliff, bounce through white-water rapids or cling on to the back of an elephant – outdoor pursuits take all shapes and sizes in Thailand.
Thailand has long made use of its extensive waterways. Barges, long-tail boats and now luxury cruise vessels share space on the country’s rivers.
To really get away from it all, you need your own yacht. These can be chartered from several companies, mainly in the south of Thailand. Once on board, you’re the captain and can decide exactly where to stop and what to do.
Thailand’s history is rich and varied, making it a fascinating place to explore. Much of its erstwhile heritage can still be seen in several cities, most within easy reach of Bangkok.