Thailand offers the tourist a somewhat unique experience in all of Southeast Asia. Unlike all of its neighbors, the country was never colonized by Western powers. At least not in the traditional sense. A long history of openness and adaptation means that the capitol of Bangkok in particular is a very western city.
However, you only have to scratch the surface to find old traditions and a style of doing things that isn't seen much any more. A very tourist-oriented economy insures that Thailand has something for just about every one. Explore the main cities and destinations at the top of the page, or read on for an overview.
Most people enter Thailand through it's sprawling capital, Bangkok. Those looking for a little local art and culture head north to Chiang Mai. Thailand's beaches are a big draw in their own right. Phuket is perhaps the largest of the country's beach resorts. On the mainland near Phuket, Krabi has a spectacular coast-line dotted with some secluded resorts. On the other side of the peninsula is another resort island, Samui.
For more information about what to see and do throughout the country, see the on-line travel guide Thailand for Visitors.
Before booking your trip, be sure to check the current visa requirements.