A buzzing capital, gorgeous beaches, verdant hinterlands – plus world-topping cuisine

There are few places on earth that offer such a vast array of travel options as Thailand. With its intoxicating capital, lush hinterlands, gorgeous beaches and the Thai people’s reputation for tolerance and sense of fun, it’s no wonder that the country continues to top lists of favourite holiday destinations.

Buzzing Bangkok is usually the first port of call. From there, it's your choice: countryside or tropical island? Head north to the ancient cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai to find jungle-clad mountains, indigenous hill-tribe culture and flourishing art scenes. West of Bangkok is Kanchanaburi, the mountainous region bordering Myanmar, which offers rustic adventure and a history lesson on the River Kwai and its infamous railway.

When it comes to beaches, you're spoiled for choice. Phuket, with its sweeping bays and sophisticated tourist scene and Krabi, with its spectacular limestone cliffs, perfect for rock climbing, are just two popular resort destinations.

It’s impossible to sample all that Thailand has to offer in one stay – which is why most people find themselves returning again and again.