With any flights to Thailand, your international airport destination will be Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai or Krabi. Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport is the premier Thailand airport, serving as a hub for international passengers, including those passengers who are in-transit, using this airport as a gateway to various Thai destinations. Airline carriers Emirates, Etihad Airlines, Qatar Airways and Jet Airways will fly you from one of South Africa’s airports to one of Thailand’s popular flight destinations. The airport destination points will however differ between airline carriers, and flights may be direct or 2-stop.

Thailand hosts some of the finest hotels in the world. Whether you’re looking for a villa up in the hills, a guesthouse in a backpacker’s district or a bungalow on the beach, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the “land of smiles”. The culture will fascinate you, the food will be devoured while the majestic mountains and lush beaches will draw you close like a magnet.

If you’re still unsure if Thailand is the right holiday destination for you, here are a few more reasons why your first visit won’t be your last to this exotic country.

The Grand Palace – The city’s most famous landmark is in the form of a 232-year-old Palace; home of the Thai King, the royal court and the administrative seat of government. Its beautiful architecture carved with intricate detail is merely a tribute to the creativity and craftsmanship of Thai people. Inside the walls of the Palace complex, Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) can be found. To this day, this complex is still used to mark all kinds of ceremonial events.

Safari World – It’s not called Bangkok’s ‘World Of Happiness’ for nothing. With a Safari Park, Marine Park, Eggs World, a dolphin show, an Orang Utan Boxing Show, a Jungle Walk, Bird Show and so much more, this is the ultimate experience for both young and old alike. For a taste of Thai cuisine, two buffet restaurants – Jungle Cruise and Safari – offer a spread of traditional Thai and international cuisine. Safari World also offers recreational tours of this open zoo and marine park.

Walking Street, Pattaya – Drawing foreign and Thai nationals, this red light district running from the south end of Beach Road to the Bali Hai Pier offers many go-go bars and brothels. Illuminated at night by all neon signs; seafood restaurants, beer bars, nightclubs and live music venues can be found on this strip.

Bangkok Aquarium – The oldest aquarium in Bangkok has an impressive collective of about 560 species of freshwater fish native to Thailand. Some of the aquarium highlights include the showcasing of the Chao Phraya giant catfish, Siamese giant carp, and Siamese tigerfish, as well as an equally diverse number of aquatic plants.

Chatuhak Weekend Market – Here you will find anything and everything buyable. With plenty to see and do, you might want to put a day aside to roam the streets and shop to your heart’s desires. One of the largest markets in the world, you might find yourself getting lost between the stalls, but you can simply use the clock tower as your landmark. From Antiques, Handicrafts and Souvenirs to Housewares and Deco, everything you can imagine can be found here. Hopefully you’ll have some space in your luggage to take your purchases home with you.