On Thailand’s southwest coast, Khao Lak is in the business of recharging batteries. The beaches are completely unfurnished, so all you get is long runways of powdery white sand. And the waters here attract scuba divers from around the world. The sea is mineral-water clear, so visibility can reach up to 30 metres.
There are a lot of threads in Phuket’s tourism tapestry. The island is just off Thailand’s southwest coast and its capital, Phuket Town, is an animated city of early-morning markets and beeping tuk tuks.
Krabi’s distinctive limestone cliffs line the region’s 150-kilometre coastline, biting out of the sea like incisor teeth. The rocks play a central part in Krabi’s tourism industry, too. Sunbathers come from all over the world to bask on the blonde beaches beneath them and climbers come to scale them.
It’s the opposites that attract in Bangkok. In Thailand’s capital, longtail boats float across the Mae Nam Chao Phyra River while Mazdas speed along 12-lane motorways. You’ll see Buddhist temples in the shadows of skyscrapers. And you’ll find hectic markets around the corner from one-in-one-out designer boutiques