Thailand has long been a mecca for travellers to South East Asia for its pristine beaches and incredible food. 
For many, when one mentions "Thailand", the first thought that comes to mind is the 2000 film "The Beach", starring, amongst others Leonardo Di Caprio.  
 
Indeed it is famed for its beautiful beaches. But also for the fabulous food, incredible culture and the dazzling scenery.  
And, of course, the wonderful hospitality of the Thai people that makes Thailand such a special destination to visit. 
 
Sadly though, for the past 2 years, it has been difficult to visit. 
 
But that's changing: New rules that came into effect on 1st July 2022, mean that Thailand is no longer out of reach. 
 
From 1 July, foreign nationals are only required to show proof of either a certificate of vaccination or a negative PCR or antigen test result within 72 hours of travel. These can be in print or digital format. 
 
But if all you know of Thailand are the beach resorts, you are missing a real treat! 
Kanchanaburi. 
With its verdant, jungle-clad hills, meandering rivers, and cascading waterfalls, there is so much that is beautiful about Kanchanaburi.  
 
But it also a has a tragic history.  
 
Probable best known, as the back-drop to the 1957 film starring the late Sir Alec Guiness: "The Bridge on the River Kwai" Kanchanaburi is the site of one of the most notorious stretches of the Thailand-Burma railway, better known today as the ‘Death Railway’.  
 
Although the main wartime sites of Kanchanaburi can be visited as a day trip from Bangkok or Hua Hin, it’s worth spending at least a few nights here to enjoy the natural attractions of this scenic area of Thailand. 
There's more to discover about Kanchanaburi here. 
 
North Thailand. 
Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are probably the best known cities in North Thailand. They also have the advantage that they can be used as a base to explore other stunning areas of the north with Chiang Mai offering easy access to Mae Hong Son, Lampang and Lamphun.  
 
And staying In Chiang Rai is perfect for exploring the delightful small provinces of Nan, Phrae and Phayao. 
 
And if you make your way to North Thailand, there are several experiences not to be missed: 
 
Walk with elephants in Chiang Mai 
Explore the untamed beauty of Nan province 
Experience a community home-stay in the mountains of Mae Hong Son 
Admire the colourful temples of Chiang Rai 
Discover the ancient ruins in Sukhothai 
Join The Tuk Tuk Club and drive a tuk-tuk on the quiet back roads of North Thailand 
You'll find more about North Thailand here. 
 
Finding your favourite Thai Beach. 
Thailand of course, is famed for its beaches - and there are so many great beach resorts to choose from.  
 
From Freedom Beach, Phuket, or Ko Kham in Trat Province, or Khao Lak and the Similan Islands, to Lao Lading beach on Krabi Island.  
 
And of course, these are just a small selection.  
 
In fact, with over 1500 miles (2500km) of coastline and 1430 islands, Thailand’s beaches deliver everything from unspoilt, and secluded beaches, rarely seen by tourists, to the party beaches such as the beach at Haad Rin Nai which will be packed with revellers each month for the legendary Full Moon Party as the country opens up again. 
You'll find more about Thailand's beautiful beaches here. 
Family Holidays 
If you thought Thailand was not for families, then think again! 
 
Thailand has been welcoming tourists for decades. Because of this, unlike other ‘adventurous’ global destinations, the country’s infrastructure is well set up for hosting families.  
 
Thailand enjoys the advantage of accommodation for every budget, and transport and activities the whole family can enjoy. 
 
How about: 
Caring for elephants at an ethical conservation sanctuary 
Learning to cook in Kanchanaburi 
Swimming in cascading pools and under waterfalls 
Kicking back and relaxing on Southern Thailand’s best beaches. 
 
The Thai people are very family orientated and as an adventure holiday Thailand will really excite and inspire your children. Setting them up with experiences that they will remember for their entire lives.  
You'll find more ideas here 
 
Snorkling & Diving 
Thailand is home to some of the best diving and snorkelling sites in Asia.  
 
So whatever your level of experience, there are plenty of options to choose from.  
 
From snorkling on the colourful corals and with diverse marine life found around the coastline and islands of Mu Ko Chumphon National Park, to diving with Sea turtles at the Similan Islands or swimming with Whale Sharks at HTMS Chang dive site, Ko Chang.  
Thailand is a paradise for those who love being in the water. Whether just snorkling or diving. And Thailand’s islands and warm tropical waters are ideal for snorkelling while serious divers are also well catered for with the chance to enjoy a live-aboard experience. 
You'll find more about best locations in Thailand for diving and snorkelling here. 
 
But above all... 
Apart from the fabulous food, the incredible culture and the dazzling scenery, it's the wonderful hospitality of the Thai people that makes Thailand such a special destination to visit. 
Need help booking your next getaway? 
Call me on 01234 581066 
Or E-mail: marco.williams@notjusttravel.com 
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