Hotels in Thailand

Each year, visitors flock to Thailand, drawn to the mixture of attractions found in the Land of the Free. As a kingdom and one of the most devout Buddhist countries in the world, Thailand boasts of many glittering temples and royal residences popular among sightseers. Those interested in viewing the sights after dark can take one of the Chao Phraya River dinner cruises. Bangkok, the capital, is truly a shopper's paradise, with bargain markets and multi-level malls. Outside the city lie Thailand's famous pristine beaches and limestone islands.

By the river, visitors can choose among these five-star hotels-Mandarin Oriental, Marriott Resort and Spa, Millenium Hilton, and Royal Orchid Sheraton, to name a few. Within the bustling city, adjacent to MBK Center and across Siam Square for the serious shoppers, is the Pathumwan Princess. This four-star hotel is just a short distance from the skytrain station, and a train ride away from the bustling 35-acre Chatuchak Weekend Market. Suited to the budget traveler are guesthouses such as the River View Guesthouse and the HI Bangkok Centre Sukhumvit 25 in Bangkok.

South of Thailand is the island of Krabi on the Andaman Sea Coast. A less crowded alternative to nearby Phuket, Krabi is popular for its turquoise waters, beautiful beaches, water sports, limestone islands and lagoons. Guests can experience total pampering at the luxurious Amari Vogue Resort on Tub Kaek beach, with its numerous swimming pools, three international restaurants, spa, and attentive staff. Also in Krabi, tourists can experience elephant treks through the forest, island-hopping on speedboats or Thai longboats, and the famous Thai massage.