The Far East is known as the Land of Smiles, it has so much to offer, lush jungles, famed beaches, a rich cultural history and incredible food.

Thailand suits all budgets with basic guesthouses starting at just £10 per night ranging to the most luxurious of retreats.

Getting out and about is easy with the unique experience of a Tuk Tuk. You’ll find these on nearly every street corner. Why not sample some street food for just a few pennies.

Top things to do in Thailand

With so many things to take your pick from, it’s hard to narrow down what exactly to do, so I’ve taken some top ideas from recent visitors to Thailand which I hope gives you a brief overview of this special country.

Enjoy a short stay in Bangkok

Yes you’ve guessed it – Bangkok is famous for its temples. The Grand Palace and Wat Prakaew have been home to Thai Kings and the Royal Court for over 150 years, walk through the sacred grounds and note the intricate architectural detail. No visit is to Bangkok is complete without the must-see stunning  Wat Arun with its towering spires, probably the most photographed silhouette in Southeast Asia.

Don’t miss an early morning visit to the bustling floating markets, small wooden canoes heaped full with fresh vegetable, flowers and fruits.

Relax on a tropical Island

With many to choose from, take your pick of the many tropical islands Thailand has to offer. Perhaps one of the lesser known islands, such as Ko Chang. Located near the border with Cambodia,  Ko Chang is the third largest island in Thailand. It is a mountainous island boasting several waterfalls, thriving coral reefs, rainforests and long white sandy beaches.

Kho Tao is also fast becoming a favourite destination for visitors looking for more than just beaches. The island offers scuba diving, rock climbing, and hiking. In fact, some 7000 new divers get certified on Koh Tao each year.

Exploring Chang Mai

Whether you are backpacking or a luxury connoisseur you should include Chang Mai on your itinerary. Famed for its verdant jungle and many temples the area offers visitors the opportunity to do so much – perhaps jungle trekking, a visit to the elephant nature park. A cruise along the Mekong River or even the chance to visit the long neck tribes and hill tribes and of course yet more markets.