With a population of over 6 million people, Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and also the country's largest city. This diverse city has a strong mix of the traditional eastern way of life blended with a new found modern way of living and being a very lively and busy city there is much to do. The overcrowded streets and manic traffic of Bangkok adds to the excitement of this urban city while the Chao Phraya River proves to be just as busy as the roads with vast number of rowing boats and river taxis occupying it each day. The city is a major economic and financial centre and is one of the fastest cities in the world for constructing high rise buildings. With a large variety of cultural sites in and around the city, Bangkok is increasingly becoming more and more popular with tourists.
Chiang Mai is noted as the capital of the north of Thailand and has developed into a very modern city over the years although it has yet to become as sophisticated as Bangkok. Chiang Mai has a wealth of history based on its located on an ancient trading route. The city hosts three main festivals each year, Songkran which celebrates the Thai New Year, the flower festival which occurs when the tropical flowers are in full bloom and Loi Kratong where thousands of people gather by the river and worship the goddess of water. Chiang Mai is a major transportation centre for its region and has affordable accommodation, places to see and visit and a lively nightlife.
An island situated just off the south shore of the country in the Andaman Sea, Phuket is a southern province of Thailand. The island is predominantly mountainous with most of the western part of the island covered with mountain ranges. The island has several beaches on its coast but the most popular beach and tourist destination in Phuket is Patong beach. The island has become increasingly popular with back packers and the tourist industry is forever developing. There are several activities to do on the island such as Jungle safari expeditions, trekking and rafting adventures, city tours or just exploring the true culture and traditions of the island. Another place to visit is Ko Phi Phi, an island just off Phuket which can be reached by speed boat or ferry and was the setting for the film - The Beach.
Situated just off the south east coast of Thailand, Ko Samui is Thailand's third largest island. Only in recent years has Ko Samui become a popular tourist destination, and the island has a buzzing atmosphere with a wide variety of tourists from families to students. This range of visitors means that the island is able to cater for most needs from quiet secluded coves to lively party beaches. Chaweng is the core attraction point on the island. Being home to the biggest beach on the island, it also has a great nightlife with many clubs, pubs and bars. There is also an international airport on Ko Samui making it more accessible to tourists.