This Thailand travel guide offers a comprehensive approach to getting the most out of one of the worlds most alluring destinations. The Best of Thailand section provides an overview of Thailands top sights and helps you to prioritise what to see. Engaging History and Culture chapters explain the fascinating history of Thailand, and the factors influencing Thai culture and identity - from the establishment of the ancient independent state of Sukhothai, through many dynasties and monarchies, to the current political scene. Thailands religious traditions, local cuisine and distinctive architecture are fully explored in lively essays that provide the perfect backdrop to any visit. The Places chapters cover the entire country, detailing the top attractions in frenetic Bangkok and laid-back Chiang Mai, and also suggesting places to visit and things to do on Thailands stunning beaches and islands, including Phuket and Ko Phangan.