An ancient, proudly independent kingdom and major center of Buddhism, Thailand is also a beach lover’s paradise. Veneration for the royal family runs strong in Thailand, as does an endearing love of cutesy figurines and theme cafes. From the last peak of the Himalayas, through sweltering Bangkok, to deserted southern beaches, we zigzagged our way through Thailand by train, bus, and occasionally motorbike.

When we visited

January to February 2015, June 2016

Major stops

Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Phetchaburi, Surat Thani, Khanom, Nakhon, Phuket, Koh Phangan, Koh Lipe, Koh Ngai

Memorable Moment

Kayaking through sea caves into the center of limestone islands in Phang-Nga Bay

Did you know?

Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia never colonized by Europeans.

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