Currency: Thai Baht
Size: 197,255 sq miles (510, 890 sq km) – larger than California
Border countries: Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and Myanmar
National tourist office: www.tourismthailand.org
At a glance
"Thailand" means "land of the free." It boasts an 800-year history free of colonization, leaving a rich culture unmarred by early Western impact so prevalent in Southeast Asia. Formerly known as "Siam," the land evokes images of the exquisite and exotic. Its fusion of influences from India, Burma, Cambodia, and China has created a distinctive and colorful culture that reveres its traditions while transforming itself into a thriving, modern destination.
Ancient ruins and Buddhist temples are spectacular sites for visitors to experience the rich history of Thailand. Performances of the highly stylized khon dance style are a treat to watch, and the unique tastes of Thai cuisine have made it popular throughout the world. Making significant use of its staple of rice, it incorporates flavors of curry, coconut, fish sauce, lime, and basil – and can often be extremely spicy!
Why cyclists love it
Thailand is an extremely beautiful country with extensive sights to make your overseas bike tour vacation amazing. Just take in the picturesque scenery and natural splendor of the country’s cities, admirable national parks, and sprawling mountains. Thailand bicycle tours will help you explore the delights of the rural areas of this lush country.
The northern region of Thailand retains an authentic charm in its hillside villages of thatched-roof homes and friendly locals. The ancient city of Chiang Mai is a popular stop for Thailand bike tours for its temples, ruins, and lively markets. The ancient splendors and modern intrigue are on full display with your bicycle tour in Thailand.
Chiang Mai, an ancient Kingdom dating back 700 years, is well known to tourists around the world but its surroundings are often missed by visitors to Thailand. Come explore the real Chiang Mai and it surroundings in depth on the Northern Highlights bike tour. Discover ethnic hill tribes still living in thatched villages on the hill tops dressed in their colorful garments, explore ancient temple ruins and city fortifications, taste the delicious cuisine that Thailand is renowned for worldwide, cycle through spectacular landscapes and meet the friendly Thais. Relax in luxurious lodges each evening, experiencing the lifestyle firsthand
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