No matter whether you want to sunbathe by the sea on an idyllic island, experience a long-established culture, or sample the finest regional cuisine in celebrated locations, Thailand is the place for you. One of Asia's most enthralling destinations boasts remarkable natural landscapes, a unique heritage of its own, and delicious dishes that will live long in your memory. Head to the south of Thailand and you'll be rewarded with a profusion of picture-perfect islands. Phuket is rarely left off an itinerary to Thailand thanks to its white-sand beaches, lapis waters, and some of the country's finest hotels and spas. Alternatives include romantic Krabi, party-orientated Koh Samui, and laid-back Khao Lak. Most getaways to 'The Land of Smiles' will also involve a stay in Bangkok, which is well worth your time. Here, you can see first-hand how Thailand has absorbed Western influences into its own culture without losing any sense of its identity. From street vendors selling modest yet flavoursome fare in bustling marketplaces, to serene Buddhist temples, from soaring skyscrapers, to golden-topped palaces, the capital of Thailand is a heady mix of captivating contrasts.