The Kingdom of Thailand provides one of the most interesting and beautiful countries in South-East Asia, and a very popular tourist destination for those seeking a luxury vacation in a truly tropical location. This large Asian country has a rich mixture of landscapes, from the mountains and forests in the north to the tropical islands of the south.
The main tourist locations are:
Bangkok. Thailand energetic capital is steeped in the history of the Kingdom. A bustling city provides the doorway into Thailand through one of the most modern and busy international airports in the world. Bangkok offers a rich mix of interests for tourists, from the beautiful Buddhist temples and grand palaces to trips along the timeless river that passes through the city, to the energetic and lively nightlife, Bangkok has it all. Find a privately owned condominium in Bangkok and see everything the city has to offer.
Koh Samui is one of the latest tropical islands hotspots of Thailand and indeed Asia. Set on a beautiful tropical islands in the Gulf of Thailand (Gulf of Siam as it was originally known), Koh Samui has blue skies and blue seas only matched by the contrasting white sandy beaches and green tropical flora. Now one of the top locations for self-catering villas and resorts, Koh Samui offers tropical living in style. There are also many outlying islands in and around Koh Samui including Koh Phangan, renowned for its 'full-moon' parties and Koh Tao, a top location for scuba diving.
Phuket, lying to the south-west of Thailand, still holds the top spot as the largest tourist destination outside of Bangkok. With a striking coastline littered with caves, beautiful coves and striking mountainous islands, Phuket has something for everyone. It has a very established tourist industry and supported by many hotels, resorts and villas as well as being a strong centre for sailing and yachting. There are also many other tourist destinations nearby from Khao Lak to the north and Koh Phi Phi islands to the south.
Krabi is another growing tourist destination in Thailand. Towards the southern end of Thailand, south of Phuket, Krabi offers one of the oldest settlements in Thailand's Andaman Coast. With other developing areas such as Koh Lanta, the south of Thailand is proving to be a popular and as yet undeveloped destination.
Pattaya, one of the original tourist destinations in Thailand for the western tourist, lies to the south of Bangkok and is easily accessible from the capital. With a large natural bay Pattaya has for many years been of the most popular destinations in Thailand, supporting a busy tourist trade for shopping and its vibrant nightlife.
Koh Chang, sitting to the east of the Gulf of Thailand, is the largest of a set of islands in the province of Trat. Being one of the least developed island destinations in the Gulf of Thailand, it has many unspoilt beaches with few tourists. New developments are now making this area accessible for holiday-makers.
Chang Mai, to the north of Thailand, represents one of the most ancient and historical destinations in Thailand. Popular for many years by travellers and tourists, the large ancient city is the focus of the beautiful mountainous north, rich in history and culture, and one of the origins of the popular spa and holistic centres that Thailand has become famous for. With other destinations in the north of Thailand, Chang Mai and its neighbours continue to open up for those looking for a cultural holiday.
Hua Hin, south of Bangkok, is the oldest resort area in Thailand. With many attractions to offer the tourist, Hua Hin continues to develop as a family vacation destination. Unlike Pattaya across the Gulf with its bustling nightlife, the two resorts of Hua Hin and Cha-am offer a quiet, peaceful and relaxing holiday.
Thailand continues to grow in popularity as a tourist destination and is ideally suited to those looking for a vacation rental. It offers wonderful tropical living and accommodation as well as beautiful and diverse land.