Railay Beach

Railay Beach

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Thailand Geography

Photo by Heinrich Damm (Wikimedia Commons)Wat Phra Sing, Chiang Mai Province Photo by Heinrich Damm (Wikimedia Commons)

Thailand is officially called the Kingdom of Thailand, the south is surrounded by the waters of the Andaman Sea, the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, to the north west Myanmar (Burma), to the north east Laos and Vietnam, and to the north east Cambodia.

The country is very diverse with lush mountains and forests in the north to the beautiful beaches in the south.  It can be split up into five geographic and cultural regions:

Northern Thailand is home to the tallest mountain in the country and a welcome place to visit when the temperatures further south get too hot.  This area is heavily influenced by its neighbours of Myanmar and Yunnan in China, and its home to Chiang Rai where visitors can trek the Golden Triangle, and Chiang Mai with its beautiful temples.

Isaan is the most undeveloped part of the country, definitely off the beaten track and home to interesting Khmer ruins.  This is where Thailand meets Cambodia and Laos, and it’s a place that is rich in history and agriculture, it’s also one of the poorest regions of the country.

Next are the Central Plains, home to the country’s largest city and capital Bangkok, known as the capital of wealth, squalor, culture, and sin!  Its not just about the capital however, there are also the beach resort of places such as Hua Hin, the oldest beach resort which today is a very ‘cool’ place to visit.

Eastern Thailand is the beach region most accessible from the capital, as you can imagine, this area can get pretty crowded with both tourists and locals.  Some of these once beautiful and tropical beaches are now totally over developed and have some rather seedy nightlife, but if you travel further south to the province of Trat, there are still some less undiscovered places.

Southern Thailand has hundreds of miles of coastline as well as some large and small mainland resorts in both the Andaman Sean and the Gulf of Thailand.  There is something to suit everyone when it comes to beaches, whether it is quiet and tranquil or something a little busier.

As well as the regions beaches, cities and hill tribes there are also specific attractions to visit on you campervan hire or motorhome rental holiday in Thailand.  The historical city of Ayutthaya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was once the capital of Old Thailand.  Kanchanaburi is where you can visit the bridge over the River Kwai and other World War II museums, and Ko Pha Ngan, the location for the hippy Full Moon Parities with mile upon mile of quiet coastline, until the party goers turn up that is!

Thailand’s Geography is diverse and interesting there are lots of sites to visit on a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday here, take you time, and experience what this wonderful country can offer its visitors.

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