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Origin Destination Price R/T Dates Airline
London LHR     to     Bangkok BKK £323 11/13 - 11/28 China Southern
Birmingham BHX     to     Bangkok BKK £357 05/04 - 05/14 China Southern
Manchester MAN     to     Bangkok BKK £369 01/10 - 02/09 Etihad Airways
London LON     to     Phuket HKT £373 11/25 - 12/10 China Southern
Edinburgh EDI     to     Bangkok BKK £423 07/02 - 07/16 Qatar Airways
Glasgow GLA     to     Bangkok BKK £455 07/16 - 08/04 Emirates
London LON     to     Krabi KBV £494 01/08 - 01/19 Qatar Airways
London LON     to     Koh Samui USM £544 02/08 - 02/23 Malaysia Airlines
Bournemouth BOH     to     Bangkok BKK £673 12/30 - 01/16 Multiple Airlines
Humberside HUY     to     Bangkok BKK £690 02/06 - 02/20 Qantas Airways
Newcastle NCL     to     Bangkok BKK £690 12/26 - 01/21 Emirates
Norwich NWI     to     Koh Samui USM £824 04/01 - 04/15 Multiple Airlines

Visit Buddhist Thailand, South Asia’s ‘Land of the Free’


Thailand’s 64 million population are proud to call their country ‘The Land of the Free’ as it is the only south Asian state never to have been colonised by a European power. The majority of Thais are Buddhists and the country offers a strong Buddhist heritage to the interested traveller.  Much of the country is covered by paddy-fields: Thailand is the world’s biggest exporter of rice. The north of the country is mountainous; the centre is flatter and is dominated by the capital Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River valley; in the south, the beautiful Andaman Sea coastline has sprouted a burgeoning tourist resort at Phuket.  Thailand has hundreds of tropical islands, popular with divers. It is famous for its cuisine, with lemongrass and lime juice being common ingredients.  There are Marine Parks, elephant conservation centres, wildlife sanctuaries and several UNESCO World Heritage Sites to visit.


Why Go?
Go for everything - from the modern leisure and adventure activities available in visitor magnets such as Phuket and Bangkok to the serenity to be experienced living in a centuries-old Buddhist culture.  Thai cuisine and the warmth of the people are legendary.  Watch the national sport, Thai Boxing.


When to Go?
In tropical Thailand, the period November to February is cool and dry; March-May is hot and dry; May-October is the rainy season.  In November, join in the Loy Krathong ‘merit-gaining’ celebrations, which involve floating boats made of bread and palm-leaves, culminating in the release of thousands of paper lanterns. The Surin Elephant Round-up in November sees 300 elephants being paraded through town. Pee Ta Khon (Ghost Festivals) can be seen from March to July.


How to get there?
Bangkok International Airport (BKK) serves Indonesia, Australasia, India, China, Europe and North America.  In the south, Phuket (HKT) serves Norway, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Austria, Australasia and Japan.  In the North, Chiang Mai (CNX) serves domestic destinations, Malaysia and.... Vienna!  The other main airports are Udon Thani (UTH) in the northeast and Krabi (KBU), near Phuket: they serve domestic and local destinations.


Must see
In Bangkok, the Royal Palace is a must: search out the awesome Emerald Buddha in the Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Ayutthaya (the ruins of the former royal city); Huai Kha Khaeng (Wildlife Sanctuary); and Khao Yai (a National Park with 3,000 plant species and 320 bird species, not to mention Asiatic Black Bears, gibbons and tigers). The Turato National Marine Park encompasses 51 islands, and the Ma Ko Ang Thong National Park is spread over 42 islands. If you didn’t believe that Buddhist Pyramids existed, see for yourself at Wat Chamadevi!