Travel on a tailor-made tour or honeymoon to Thailand, unwinding on idyllic beaches and uncovering its remote heartland Thailand is a renowned beach destination, but our specialists know there’s far more to the country than its soft, palm-fringed sands. From the steamy jungles and misty highlands in the north to the white sand beaches and picturesque islands of the south, Thailand's ever-changing landscape has been fascinating and entertaining travellers for centuries. More recently, emphasis has been placed on having fun and people being drenched with water are a common sight - from buckets, hoses and water pistols. Along the coast, you’ll find sleepy villages where you can watch local fishermen bringing in the day’s catch, while dramatic limestone islands rising from the sea make for rewarding cruises. Bangkok's massive Chatuchak Market is an unforgettable metropolis filled with bizarre sights and smells. Thailand's north, east and west are great to visit from November to February, when the weather is cooler and dryer. Be sure to take a ride along the tracks of the Death Railway and reflect on the atrocities of war at the Meath War Museum. As the younger generation of Thais become more westernised with the infiltration of western ideas via the internet and other forms of media, some of the traditional ways of life appear to be dying out, particularly in larger cities. Known for his efforts to improve the living standards of disadvantaged communities and preserving the Thai way of life, pictures of the King adorn many homes, restaurants and businesses in Thailand.
Guests hunt for the Northern Lights within the warmth of the bubble in the Finnish wilderness. The Aurora Bubble Sled is filled with bean bags, reindeer skins and a sleeping kit, and is mounted on the back of a snowmobile for towing deep into the Arctic night. It also has thermostat-controlled heating system for added comfort. Kilpisjarvi, Finland is one of the top places in the world to see the majestic Aurora Borealis as it is famed for its rugged, unspoiled Arctic wilderness. The package can be combined with the four-day Tromso Experience, where guests stay in a waterfront hotel and enjoy a wilderness snowmobile safari, the chance to explore Tromso with its world-class restaurants, and a Northern Lights dinner cruise. Dates: December through the winter months. Rates: The Bubble Sled package starts at $1,382 per person, based on double occupancy with all meals, but excluding flights. Included are private transfers from Tromso (Norway) and activities including Northern Lights hunting; use of the outdoor hot tub and sauna; and a night staying in the new Aurora Bubble Sled. For the Tromso Experience add-on begins at $1,100 per person.
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In the following centuries, Siam came under the influence of the Khmer, Dvaravati and Malay cultures, with some temples and monuments in modern-day Thailand showing evidence of this influence. Thailand's north, east and west are great to visit from November to February, when the weather is cooler and dryer. Yet travelling during this time can provide a different picture of Thailand, and is generally a less crowded time of year. Trade routes, historic connections, colonialism and common sources of ingredients have left many strong links between the dishes found throughout south-east Asia. Ayutthaya rose to prominence as the new capital in the 14th century, and was considered a powerhouse of South-East Asia as one of the most important centres of trade in the world. Despite this, Thailand’s economy continues to grow due to its strong tourist industry. Family traditions are deeply revered in the country and the Thais have a natural affinity with children. Known for his efforts to improve the living standards of disadvantaged communities and preserving the Thai way of life, pictures of the King adorn many homes, restaurants and businesses in Thailand. Vibrant fabric cushions, table cloths and hammocks Festivals and Events in Thailand Thai New Year is celebrated nationwide and is traditionally viewed as a time for cleansing and renewal. Water is symbolically meant to purify and cleanse but with April being one of Thailand's hottest months, it also brings sweet relief from the heat.