Thailand Holiday

As a diverse and enchanting Asian destination Thailand has long been one of the world's most popular holiday choices. The Kingdom regularly wins international awards for its far reaching facilities, broad spectrum appeal and fine accommodation offerings, the latter now including some of the most extravagant and exclusive private villas in the region.

Activities and adventures abound in Thailand, and visitors can choose a range of attractions to visit and experience, everything from cultural highlights such as the Royal Palace and ancient temples of Bangkok and Ayutthaya to the natural treasures on offer on the island's tropical islands and in its biodiverse national parks. Thailand also boasts a full calendar of festivals and events, with special celebrations being promoted worldwide online, on television and through regular features in the world's leading travel and lifestyle publications.

Many of the more interesting cultural festivals are held to mark important religious days or significant moments in the Kingdom's history. Thai people celebrate these occasions with lots of excitement, colour and spirit and elaborate nature of many Thai festivities means tourists from around the world often plan a visit to Thailand to coincide with a particular celebration so that they can enjoy the spectacle first hand.

Songkran, the famous Thai New Year festival in April, is celebrated across the Kingdom's many provinces with people taking to the streets to douse each other with water and sweet smelling oils, a practice seen as a gesture of good luck for the year ahead. The festival was once a more modest affair with citizens gently pouring water over their friends' or family members' shoulders a s symbolic gesture to wash away the misfortunes of the past, but today's New Year festivities have become much more boisterous, adults and children alike arming themselves with sophisticated water guns and soaking all and sundry as they cruise the streets in pick up trucks, radios blaring.

Another significant festival for Thai people is known as 'Loi Kratong' or the Festival of Light, which takes place in November. The spectacular celebration involves the construction of individual floats out of banana trunks, decorating them with flowers and incense, then pushing them off into a river, stream or the ocean. Once again, the idea is to banish bad luck and start anew and special displays of fireworks often accompany the ritual with plenty music, food, drinking and dancing to follow.

Beyond these more traditional festivals, Thailand continues to attract visitors thanks to the sheer diversity of locations and activities on offer. The Kingdom welcomed over 15 million people in 2010 and the country's tourism authority is very successful when it comes to promoting the county's multifarious natural, cultural, and historical charms. Tailor made packages and suggested itineraries include on offer include themed travel options that provide a range of options aimed at five major types of tourists: luxury travellers, romance seekers, visitors on a budget, families and senior citizens. Such an approach ensures people find the best travel deals, most suitable destinations for their taste and the perfect transportation and accommodation during their stay.

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