Thailand has such a rich culture and I fully immersed myself in it there. It has long been a popular destination with tourists and really can cater to all markets whether you are seeking a fitness/ adventure retreat, backpacking, luxury hotels or history and culture. Thailand has it all and with so many islands too you are spoilt for choice.
I was lucky enough to spend 6 weeks in Thailand and I also spent time teaching English to Children and living with monks in a monastery although photos were restricted on the premise. It is is STILL to this day one of the best things I have EVER done.
What to do: There really is an abundance of things to do in Thaliand so decide what you want from the trip but a highlight for me, whatever your reason for going is- The Elephants Sanctuary in Chang Mai.
They are my favourite animal so I am slightly bias however the sanctuary is an amazing place you can be up close to them and even go for a ride on them which was truly magical and my highlight for Thailand.
Where to stay: Bangkok is a must see, a lot of people by pass it to go straight to their destination but the city has so much to offer. The Grand Royal Palace is a beautiful landmark to visit as are the jazz bars, I loveBangkok Jazz Bar.
Islands: From the islands I personally visited which were Koh Samui, Koh Samet, Koh Phangan and Kao Tao, Kao Tao was my favourite and my recommendation however please research as I know there have been many crimes in recent years on the islands so this is something to consider and be careful of. From my own experience there was no problem and this island had the least tourism and fantastic hotels up in the hills overlooking the coastal lines. It is also one of the best destinations for diving in the world.
When to go: The best time to visit Thailand is between November to April and you should go for a minimum of 2 weeks as there really is so much to explore however I went in the summer months and it was absolutely fine except it is more humid. Travelling within Thailand is relatively inexpensive too which is good news for a a big country like this, my preferred method was by boat as you can take in the stunning views.
What to eat: Thai food is for me, one of the best cuisines and I assure you will enjoy all the food the country has to offer, in fact, you will not need to eat or try anything else but Thai food and what is more you do not need to spend an arm and a leg to have a good meal in Thailand either.Food hygiene is good here but be careful eating in food markets or stalls outdoors.
Enjoy your trip! If you go let me know how it went!