This lavishly illustrated handbook will inspire your next trip through Thailand, a paradise whose fascinating culture and incomparable natural beauty draw travelers from all over the world. Its treasures include historic places like Sukhothai and Ayutthaya - with their temple ruins and giant Buddha statues - floating markets, splendid temples, and exotic landscapes. The lively chaos and high-octane nightlife of Thailand's largest cities, Bangkok and Pattaya, are legendary. Away from the hustle and bustle, unique island worlds like Phuket enchant visitors with fabled beaches and lush tropical rainforests teeming with abundant and exotic fauna and flora. This journey around the 'Land of Smiles' features a selection of the most beautiful beaches and places to visit, with background information on the country and its customs.