Thailand. Who would not love it? Tropical climate, dream beaches, jungle waterfalls, blissful paradise – a sheer heaven! Yet, some would say ‘what a cliché’, and one really cannot argue with the fact that its popularity is often overused. Rapidly growing tourism industry brought a significant transformation of nation, environment and the whole spirit. Indeed, the face of Thailand has dramatically changed over the last few decades. In spite of that, the country persistently keeps the label of being the world`s premier tourist destination.
Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country that has never been colonised, which is one of the reasons of undisturbed and continuous growth of the empire. Heavily influenced by the culture and religion of India from one side and the ancient Khmer Empire from the other, the former Kingdom of Siam is a Buddhist enclave, inhabited by peace and worship. Characteristic tall temples with bell-shaped stupas and prayers play an important role in everyday life. Golden palaces, saffron-robed monks and glowing sky lanterns add on the warm and spiritual aura of Thailand.
Undoubtedly, the country`s wealth is colossal; a total package of mind-blowing natural beauty, eye-catching architecture, an intricately woven culture and downright fabulous cuisine. For many travellers, Thailand means the end of their journey, an instantly appealing place that gets under their skin right after having the first mouthful of Phat Thai or getting that bewitching whiff of Jasmine gently penetrating the nostrils. And they stay forever.