Thailand is a feast for the senses — from Bangkok's eye-catching neon streets to mouthwatering dishes spiked with chilies and basil to the scent of incense permeating a Buddhist monastery in Chiang Mai, this Southeast Asian country has something for every traveller. Thailand's natural beauty can only be matched by its people's easygoing nature and deeply rooted spirituality, all qualities that have made the country the most popular in the region.
Thailand's capital city, Bangkok, is an enchanting juxtaposition: built around the Chao Phraya River, traditional business is often carried out on the intricate system of klongs (canals) and Buddhist shrines adorn street corners, just as cutting-edge architecture and trendy stores continue to open shop. Take in the city's vibrant culture by cruising a klong to the sacred Temple of the Emerald Buddha and taking a private tour of the Prasart Museum alongside its owner, a special-access moment arranged during your A&K vacation.
For a different face of Thailand, travel to the quieter north. In Chiang Mai, find picturesque landscapes of lush countryside. Greener and sleepier than Bangkok, Chiang Mai boasts important temples, such as Wat Doi Suthep and Wat Phra Singh, home to the revered Phra Singh statue.
Dig deeper into Thailand's incredible cultural diversity by travelling to Chiang Rai, in the heart of the hill tribe area. Meet tribe members of the many ethnic minority groups that live in the mountainous region in northern Thailand with A&K, many whom still lead traditional farm lifestyles. This region is also where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet — the Golden Triangle, a picturesque mélange of lush foliage and gentle waters best explored by riverboat.
Travelling to southern Thailand’s resorts of Phuket or Koh Samui provides a wonderful way to relax after exploring the region’s cultural treasures.