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Winner of the Lowell Thomas Award for Best Travel Book, this newly designed collection paints a unique portrait of a complex and captivating land. One contributor lives as a monk for a month, gaining an inside look at monastic life. Another discovers Bangkok’s riverine pleasures, a world away from its car-choked streets. Yet another finds refuge as the houseguest of an isolated tribesman. Through these engaging personal stories, readers witness how Thailand satisfies just about any traveler’s hunger for the exotic, the beautiful, the thrillingly different. Writers include Pico Iyer, Norman Lewis, Diane Summers, Simon Winchester, Ian Buruma, Thalia Zepatos, and Tim Ward. “The breadth and color of the collective portrait [the contributors] provide of Thailand is remarkable.” — Los Angeles Times

From the Publisher

Travelers' Tales is a new kind of travel anthology, marrying the best of the guidebook and travel literature. Thailand is the first book in this series: a wonderful collection of place-specific tales previously scattered far and wide. Veteran travel writers James O'Reilly and Larry Habegger read hundreds of stories to select those that best capture the experience of Thailand. Thailand, one of the most intriguing travel destinations of the nineties, should satisfy just about any traveler's hunger for the exotic, the beautiful, the thrillingly different. A country of contrasts, Thailand is a microcosm of all that is right and wrong with tourism, including the traveler's role as pilgrim, adventurer, and consumer. As the editors write in the Preface: “The world is not our private zoo or theme park; we need to be better prepared before we go, so that we might become honored guests and not vilified intruders.” To give readers a taste of this country and its people, the book is organized into five sections: “Essence of Thailand” contains stories that reflect some essential character of the landscape, the people, or the traveler's experience of the country. “Some Things to Do” has accounts of particular places and activities that previous travelers have found worthwhile. “Going Your Own Way” contains experiences that are farther off the tourist track, relayed by an author who interacted more intimately with the local people or was willing to travel farther afield. “In the Shadows” explores the darker side of Thailand; so that visitors might be aware of the complexities beyond the cheerful face presented to tourists. “The Last Word” has one last magical moment, to remind the reader just why Thailand is worth visiting. There is perhaps no better way to prepare for a trip, or to vicariously experience another country, than to listen to those who have gone before; Travelers' Tales Thailand brings the best of those voices together for the first time in “Essence of Thailand”; “Some Things to Do”; “Going Your Own Way”; “In the Shadows”; and “The Last Word.” Awarded the “Best Travel Book” gold medal from the Society of American Travel Writers. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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You may think that Thailand is full of culture and history like probably no place else on earth, and you would probably be right. But a tropical paradise?

It's surprising how many places in Asia offer beautiful beachfronts and tropical areas; people often concentrate on the attractions inland with the culture and landmarks and festivals, but the beaches of many places in Asia, including Thailand, are like nothing else.

The best places for tropical vacations in Thailand include Cha-Am and Hua Hin. While in different provinces these two locations are typically linked by many when recommending travel destinations. Both are very quiet and relaxing with little night life and excitement but plenty of activities and sights to keep one busy.

Included with these sights are several ancient palaces and former royal residences and temples, including Phra Nakom Khiri or Khao Wang. This is a hilltop palace, built by King Rama IV in 1859. It is now considered a national monument. Wat Phra Kaew is a beautiful building in the same style as the building of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha at the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Chatchawan Wiangchai Observatory is also nearby.

Of course if you're looking for something more traditional you will find plenty of golf and water sports to keep you busy in this area of Thailand. The atmosphere is very laidback and relaxing. It is also just three hours from Bangkok by car so if you want to see the capital city you can certainly travel there rather easily.

Phuket Island is another popular destination for those looking for a beautiful tropical getaway in Thailand. Nai Yang National Park is surrounded by exotic casuarina trees and is a beautiful place for picnics, swimming and snorkeling. It is located to the northwest of the island 20 minutes from the airport.

Pattaya Beach is another location that is very popular with tourists and you can learn to dive with their instructors here. The water sports here are said to be the best in the country. Koh Samui and Hau Hin are also favorites for tourists.

When visiting Thailand keep in mind that some area beaches are not meant for swimming because of strong undertows and powerful surfs, so be mindful of warnings in the area. Much of the country however can offer an exotic tropical getaway like you've never imagined! Also be wary of divers with shoddy equipment who offer to teach you – make sure they're actually working out of a legitimate school! There are also areas of Thailand that are not quite safe for tourists so don't travel too far from your resort area.

To get you to Thailand try these websites:

Travel to Thailand

http://www.travel-to-thailand.net/

Lost in Thailand

http://www.lostinthailand.com/

E Travel

http://www.e-travelthailand.com/

Guide to Thailand

http://www.guidetothailand.com/

Thailand Travel Spots

http://thailandtravelspot.com/

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