Sandy beaches, grand Buddhist temples, tongue-numbing cuisine, world-class spas, and a unique and enormously rich language—Thailand is unique among Southeast Asian nations and a not-to-be-missed destination. Thais have a rich cultural history and contrasts abound in the country, both geographically and socially. In a land the size of France, beach resorts run the gamut from sketchy but popular Pattaya to dignified Hua Hin. Idyllic island hideaways of virgin beaches sheltered by palm groves and lapped by gentle waters contrast with Bangkok, the busy capital.
Expanded Coverage: Coverage in Bangkok and Chiang Mai has been expanded, new resorts and restaurants have been added throughout, and the the book now includes a brand-new side-trip to the emerging destination of Myanmar (also known as Burma). Coverage has been reorganized to make popular destinations easier to find.
Illustrated Features: Special "Fodor's Features" throughout the guide illuminate the most distinctive aspects of Thai culture, including Bangkok street food, the Buddha, hill tribe arts & crafts, silk-making, and more.
Indispensable Trip Planning Tools: An "Experience" chapter introduces travelers to Thailand with colorful photo features, planning information, and maps. Each chapter opens with an orientation map, "Top Reasons to Go," and other essential information to help visitors plan time and vacation details effectively.
Competitive Advantage: Unlike most guides, Fodor's Thailand includes coverage of major attractions in nearby Cambodia and Laos, including a photo feature on Angkor Wat.
Discerning Recommendations: Fodor's Thailand offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights.
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