Thailand Country Guide



Northern Thailand
Northern Thailand shares borders with the countries of Myanmar in the west and Laos in the east. The region is surrounded by mountains and therefore cooler than the rest of the country. Thus Northern Thailand is a popular destination particularly in December and January. The region is home to several hill tribes inhabiting the remote areas including the Karen, Hmong, Lahu, Akha and Lisu. Major cities include Chiang Mai (the largest city in the north) and Chiang Rai (access point to the Goldern Triangle).

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Countryside in Chiang Rai province by Deror Avi

Isaan is situated in the northeastern corner of Thailand, bordering Cambodia in the south and Laos in the north and east. The region an undeveloped part of Thailand and the perfect destination for those preferring to travel off the beaten track featuring laid back towns, rustic villages and natural scenery.

Central Thailand
Central Thailand is also known as the Central Plains, features endless plains and where many of Thailand's major cities are located. Thailand's capital of Bangkok is the largest city and others include Ayutthaya, Nonthaburi and Kanchanaburi. Heading south to the coast is the resort city of Hua Hin.

Hua Hin Railway Station by Khaosaming

Eastern Thailand
Eastern Thailand comprises of the mountainous interior of Inner Eastern Thailand and the coastal sub-regions of the Eastern Gulf Coast and Trat Province. The Khao Yai National Park is located in the interior and the coastal area is famed for its fantastic beaches and resorts including Ko Chang, Pattaya and Ko Samet.

Southern Thailand
Many of the country's well-known and popular beach resorts are in Southern Thailand. The region faces the Andaman Sea in the west and the Gulf of Thailand in the east. Major beach destinations in Southern Thailand include Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui, Ko Tao, Ao Nang, Songkhla and Ko Lipe.

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