Welcome to southern Thailand! This part of the country attracts millions of tourists every year who come to enjoy the pristine beaches in an idyllic setting . Whether it is for a family vacation, a romantic getaway, or a festive stay with friends, you are sure to find your happiness in southern Thailand. This intensive tourism has damaged some coral reefs, but the dive sites are still among the most beautiful in the world. Each island, whether in the Gulf of Thailand or in the Andaman Sea, has its own charm, identity and unique assets.

But southern Thailand is not only its paradise islands, it also has several national parks that offer the possibility to admire sumptuous wild landscapes and to see animals in their natural environment, including the country's emblem: the elephant! And it is difficult to envisage a stay in Thailand without passing through its capital, Bangkok, a veritable crossroads of influences where ancient and modern meet in an uninterrupted frenzy. Thai gastronomy, which is characterized by its originality and subtlety, is also highly praised by travellers! Along the coast, seafood lovers will enjoy fragrant and spicy specialities, often from the day's catch. The tropical climate of the former kingdom of Siam is another asset: temperatures remain pleasant all year round, and despite a tourist boom that has seen an increase in the number of upscale establishments, Thailand remains a very affordable destination.

The death of King Rama IX in October 2016 left a great void in the hearts of its people, but the newly crowned King Rama X and the return of democratic elections encourage the Thai people to be optimistic about the future. The land of smiles continues to offer its legendary kindness and immense generosity to make your stay an unforgettable moment.

Grégory ANDRÉ

Thank you. Anaïs Pétricig and Ethika Siam, Audrey (Hua Hin), Stéphanie & Julien (Khanom), Yace (Koh Phangan), without forgetting Stanislas Leblanc, Lisa André, as well as the people we met during our survey.

Cautionary note

The world of tourism is constantly changing. Despite our vigilance, establishments, contact details and prices may be subject to changes that are not our responsibility. We appeal to the readers' understanding and apologize to them for any errors they may notice in the practical sections of this guide.

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