The death of King Bhumibol marks a new chapter in the spiritual life of Thailand, where religion and royalty meld and mingle, but the pulse of the nation beats on in its spectacular shrines and temples.
With crystal waters, fringing palms and shimmering sand, Thailand’s southern beaches are the real deal, with added party appeal. Expect late nights and lazy days of sun-soaking, scuba diving and spa indulgence.
Feted as one of the world's top cuisines, Thai food draws on a fabulous palette of herbs, spices and seasonings. Don't just eat it, learn to cook it too – courses are offered in traveller towns across the kingdom.