Its not all about fishing in Thailand for both anglers and non anglers. Thailand is one of the worlds most diverse, yet most beautiful countries. From bristling cities like Bangkok, Pattaya, Chaing Mai and Hua Hin to deserted white sand lined beaches, where yours are the only footprints in the sand. Thailand is made up of several regions, the North East or Isaan, is home to the countries main farming industries of rice and rubber, and includes cities like Korat (Nakhon Rataschima), Udon Thani, Kohn Kaen, Burium, Ubon Ratchathani, and Sisaket. This part of Thailand borders Cambodia and Laos.
The North West of the country again is home to farming, but most of the teak furniture and pottery comes from this region also. This part of the country is home to Chaing Mai, Chaing Rai and Sukhothai. Many of the traditional Thai dress is from this region, and the hill tribes still produce many traditional hand crafts. This is also home to the golden triangle, as Thailand borders both Laos, and Burma.
The central planes of Thailand centre around Bangkok, which deserves a separate chapter all to itself, never before has there been a more cultured diverse city, the hub of South East Asia. To the west of Bangkok lies Kanchanaburi, which is one of the most famous areas of Thailand, and is home to the Bridge on the River Kwai, and the Death Railway, also home to the war cemetery dedicated to the region.
To the East of Bangkok on the Eastern Seaboard lies Chonburi, Pattaya and Rayong, all coastal cities/towns with some truly lovely beaches. Further south lies Koh Samet and Koh Chang, two of Thailands hidden gems. White sandy beaches, blue turquoise waters, and bungalows feet from the sea, pure paradise.
Moving down the Western seaboard, and we come across floating markets at Damnoen Saduak, quaint little fishing towns and a flashback to the old Thailand. Cha Am is one of the most beautiful coastal towns in this area, along with Hau Hin, a growing coastal city just further South. This area still borders Burma to the West, and out to the Andamman Sea.
Moving further South into the gulf of Thailand we find Koh Tao, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, these tranquill islands come alive every month for the “full moon” parties that line the beaches, literally thousands clamber dancing on white sandy beaches.
The Southern part of Thailand is home to some of the worlds most beautiful islands and beaches. Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta Krabi and Phuket make this area of Thailand a holiday makers dream. White water rafting, elephant trekking and sea kayaking are activities for all the family. Further south and the country blends into Malaysia, and more and more fishing villages line the shores.
Thailands culture is world renowned, with the country being of mainly Buddhist belief, temples line the roads everywhere, saffron robed monks call for gifts in the morning, and a deeply religious belief is held by everyone. Cuisine adorns every street corner, and waves upon waves of exotic smells and spicy odours flow through the air. The food in Thailand is world renowned, and if you have eaten a Pad Thai, Green Curry or Tom Yum Goong anywhere other than Thailand, your in for a culinary treat when you eat the real thing.
So what has Thailand got to offer? Smiling faces, friendly people, white sandy beaches, turquoise blue seas, deserted islands, world class cuisine on every street corner, shopping, elephant trekking, hot sunshine, cool beers, and the best fishing in the world……..