The Rough Guide to Thailand

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The Rough Guide to Thailand is the most accessible handbook to this beautiful and intriguing country. From Bangkok''s vibrant night markets to stunning island beaches, the 24-page, full-colour introduction pinpoints all of the country''s highlights. This new edition also features four brand-new, full-colour inserts: Thai Food, Loy Krathong Festival of Light, Thai Temples and Thai Films. There are details of all the best places to stay, eat and drink, to suit every budget, plus a new ''Authors'' Picks'' feature to...

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Overview

The Rough Guide to Thailand is the most accessible handbook to this beautiful and intriguing country. From Bangkok''s vibrant night markets to stunning island beaches, the 24-page, full-colour introduction pinpoints all of the country''s highlights. This new edition also features four brand-new, full-colour inserts: Thai Food, Loy Krathong Festival of Light, Thai Temples and Thai Films. There are details of all the best places to stay, eat and drink, to suit every budget, plus a new ''Authors'' Picks'' feature to highlight the very best options. There is plenty of expert advice on a range of activities, from trekking and scuba-diving to cookery courses and spa treatments. The guide also takes a detailed look at Thailand''s history, culture, religion and wildlife and comes complete with easy-to-read maps for every region.

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Well-researched and impeccably written, the Rough Guides are a great choice for anyone seeking to be an informed, prepared traveler. Due to the fantastic essays, the Rough Guides are as much fun for armchair travelers as they are for those actually on the road. Each edition comes with detailed maps, in-depth essays on the history and culture of each destination, a wide range of lodging options, and recommendations for off-the-beaten-path places to visit. The special attention paid to the writing is a boon for travelers, most of whom find themselves reading the guide cover to cover instead of just looking up their specific itineraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405390101
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/15/2012
  • Series: Rough Guide to... Series
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 896
  • Sales rank: 694,307
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Lucy Ridout has been travelling in and writing about Asia for the last15 years. She is the co-author of Rough Guides to Bangkok, Thailand''sIslands & Beaches and Bali & Lombok.Paul Gray has been a regularvisitor to Thailand since he taught English for a year in Chang Mai in1987.

Lucy Ridout has been travelling in and writing about Asia for the last15 years. She is the co-author of Rough Guides to Bangkok, Thailand''sIslands & Beaches and Bali & Lombok.Paul Gray has been a regularvisitor to Thailand since he taught English for a year in Chang Mai in1987.

Lucy Ridout has been travelling in and writing about Asia for the last15 years. She is the co-author of Rough Guides to Bangkok, Thailand''sIslands & Beaches and Bali & Lombok.Paul Gray has been a regularvisitor to Thailand since he taught English for a year in Chang Mai in1987.

Lucy Ridout has been travelling in and writing about Asia for the last15 years. She is the co-author of Rough Guides to Bangkok, Thailand''sIslands & Beaches and Bali & Lombok.Paul Gray has been a regularvisitor to Thailand since he taught English for a year in Chang Mai in1987.

Lucy Ridout has been travelling in and writing about Asia for the last15 years. She is the co-author of Rough Guides to Bangkok, Thailand''sIslands & Beaches and Bali & Lombok.Paul Gray has been a regularvisitor to Thailand since he taught English for a year in Chang Mai in1987.

Lucy Ridout has been travelling in and writing about Asia for the last15 years. She is the co-author of Rough Guides to Bangkok, Thailand''sIslands & Beaches and Bali & Lombok.Paul Gray has been a regularvisitor to Thailand since he taught English for a year in Chang Mai in1987.

Lucy Ridout has been travelling in and writing about Asia for the last15 years. She is the co-author of Rough Guides to Bangkok, Thailand''sIslands & Beaches and Bali & Lombok.Paul Gray has been a regularvisitor to Thailand since he taught English for a year in Chang Mai in1987.

Lucy Ridout has been travelling in and writing about Asia for the last15 years. She is the co-author of Rough Guides to Bangkok, Thailand''sIslands & Beaches and Bali & Lombok.Paul Gray has been a regularvisitor to Thailand since he taught English for a year in Chang Mai in1987.

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Table of Contents

Colour section i
Colour map of the country ii
Where to go vi
When to go xi
Things not to miss xiv
Basics 9
Getting there 11
Travel via neighbouring countries 17
Red tape and visas 21
Information, websites and maps 23
Money, banks and costs 26
Insurance 28
Health 29
Getting around 35
Accommodation 44
Food and drink 47
Telephones, mail and internet access 54
The media 57
Crime and personal safety 58
Opening hours and holidays 61
Festivals 62
Entertainment and sport 65
Spas and traditional massage 68
Meditation centres and retreats 69
Cultural hints 70
Outdoor activities 73
Gay Thailand 77
Travellers with disabilities 78
Travelling with kids 80
Directory 82
The Guide 85
1 Bangkok 87
Highlights 88
History 90
Arrival 94
Orientation and information 97
City transport 99
Accommodation 105
Ratanakosin 122
Banglamphu and the Democracy Monument area 136
Chinatown and Pahurat 142
Thonburi 149
Dusit 153
Downtown Bangkok 156
Chatuchak and the outskirts 166
Eating 172
Nightlife and entertainment 179
Shopping 187
Moving on from Bangkok 197
Listings 202
Travel details 205
2 The central plains 207
Highlights 208
Nakhon Pathom 212
Damnoen Saduak floating markets 216
Samut Songkhram and around 217
Kanchanaburi 223
Erawan and Srinakarind national parks 236
Tham Than Lot National Park 237
Riding the Death Railway 238
Ban Kao Museum 239
Prasat Muang Singh 239
Nam Tok 240
Tham Lawa 241
Hellfire Pass 242
Sai Yok National Park, Pha That Falls and Hin Dat hot springs 243
Thong Pha Phum 243
Sangkhlaburi and around 244
Three Pagodas Pass 249
Bang Pa-In 251
Ayutthaya 252
Lopburi 262
Wat Phra Phutthabat 267
Phitsanulok 269
Sukhothai 275
Si Satchanalai and around 287
Kamphaeng Phet 290
Mae Sot and the border 298
Umphang 302
Travel details 306
3 The north 309
Highlights 310
History 314
Hill-tribe treks 315
Chiang Mai 318
Doi Suthep 347
Wiang Kum Kam 349
Lamphun 350
San Kamphaeng hot springs 352
Huay Tung Tao and the Mae Sa valley 352
Doi Khun Tan National Park 354
Lampang 355
Wat Phra That Lampang Luang 359
Thai Elephant Conservation Centre 361
Phrae 361
Nan 366
Doi Inthanon National Park 373
Mae Sariang 377
Mae Hong Son 381
Mae Suya 388
Soppong, Tham Lot and Ban Nam Rin 389
Pai 390
Tha Ton and the Kok River 396
Chiang Rai 400
Mae Salong 404
Doi Tung 408
Mae Sai 409
Sop Ruak 411
Chiang Saen 412
Chiang Khong 415
Travel details 417
4 The east coast 419
Highlights 420
Si Racha and Ko Si Chang 422
Pattaya 427
Rayong 438
Ko Samet 438
Chanthaburi 449
Trat 452
Laem Ngop 455
Ko Chang 456
Ko Whai and Ko Lao Ya 468
Ko Mak and Ko Kham 469
Ko Kud 471
Travel details 472
5 The northeast: Isaan 473
Highlights 474
Khao Yai National Park 478
Khorat (Nakhon Ratchasima) 485
Dan Kwian 489
Ban Prasat 489
Phimai 490
Phanom Rung and Muang Tham 495
Surin 498
Ban Ta Klang 504
Khao Phra Viharn, Si Saket and Kantharalak 505
Ubon Ratchathani 508
Phibun Mangsahan 514
Kong Chiam and the Pha Taem paintings 515
To Chong Mek and the Lao border 517
Yasothon, Ban Sri Than and Roi Et 518
Khon Kaen and around 520
Udon Thani and Ban Chiang 526
Loei 530
Phu Kradung National Park 532
Nam Nao National Park 533
Phu Reua National Park 534
Chiang Khan 536
Pak Chom and Sang Khom 538
Nong Khai and around 540
Wat Phu Tok 548
Nakhon Phanom 549
That Phanom 550
Mukdahan 552
Travel details 554
6 Southern Thailand: the Gulf coast 557
Highlights 558
Phetchaburi 561
Cha-am and around 565
Hua Hin 567
Pak Nam Pran 574
Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park 575
Prachuap Khiri Khan 577
Ban Krud 579
Suan Luang 579
Chumphon and around 580
Chaiya 584
Wat Suan Mokkh 585
Surat Thani 586
Ko Samui 589
Ang Thong National Marine Park 593
Ko Pha Ngan 608
Ko Tao 620
Nakhon Si Thammarat 628
Khao Luang National Park 633
Sichon 634
Travel details 635
7 Southern Thailand: the Andaman coast 637
Highlights 638
Ranong 642
Saphan Pla and Kaw Thaung 645
Ko Chang 647
Ko Phayam 649
Ko Surin 653
Ko Phra Thong 654
Khao Sok National Park 654
Khao Lak 659
Ko Similan 664
Phuket 666
Ao Phang Nga 695
Krabi 699
Laem Phra Nang (Railay) 707
Ao Nang and Hat Nopparat Thara 711
Ko Phi Phi 716
Ko Lanta Yai 726
Ko Bubu and Ko Jum 738
Travel details 739
8 The deep south 741
Highlights 742
Phatthalung and Thale Noi 746
Trang town 748
The coast: Pak Meng to Ban Chao Mai 751
Ko Hai (Ko Ngai) 752
Ko Mook 753
Ko Kradan 754
Ko Libong 754
Ko Sukorn 755
Satun 756
Thale Ban National Park 758
Ko Tarutao Marine Park 758
Ko Bulon Lae 763
Hat Yai 764
Songkhla 768
Ko Yo 773
Khu Khut Wildlife Sanctuary 774
Narathiwat and around 774
Travel details 778
Contexts 779
History 781
Art and architecture 799
Religion: Thai Buddhism 811
Flora, fauna and environmental issues 816
Music 827
The hill tribes 836
Film 842
Books 846
Language 853
Pronunciation 855
General words and phrases 856
Food and drink 860
Glossary 863
Index + small print 881
A rough guide to Rough Guides 882
Rough Guide credits 883
Publishing information 883
Help us update 883
Acknowledgements 884
Readers' letters 884
Photo credits 885
Full index 887
Map symbols 896
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    Terrible maps

    One inch by one inch maps? Who could possibly make good use of that? I will use it for info but will have to tear out paper maps. Bad design. Next time at least use full screen maps.

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