Unlike her near neighbours, Thailand enjoys the distinction of never having been colonised by a European power. This affords it the enviable reputation of being the most culturally untouched of all the South East Asian countries.
‘The Land of the White Elephant’, Siam, as it used to be known, takes pride in its long tradition of independence, a tradition that has seen it relish its other name as the country of the Muang Thai (the free). Today, this enchanting country offers up an irresistible combination of striking natural landscapes, inspiring religious and cultural heritages and a well deserved name for its hospitality and culinary traditions.
Its impressive ruins and forgotten temples reveal a rich and intriguing history, whilst to the north lie lands far removed from the cultural customs and traditions of the cities and beaches of the south. Here, amongst the landscapes of ancient Lannathai lies another realm, one whose culture and cuisine is very distinct from the rest of the country. Known as the 'Land of a million rice fields’, its spectacular mountains and forests are home to a people considered amongst the gentlest and most beautiful anywhere in Thailand. Elsewhere you can find world renowned beaches, brash and bustling cities and an enviable choice of stylish accommodation that makes Thailand a wonderful extension destination to any of our Indochina trips.