The Rough Guide to Thailand 4

The Rough Guide to Thailand 4

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The Rough Guide to Thailand 4 by Paul Gray, Lucy Ridout

Winner of the Thomas Cook Best Guidebook Award, this Rough Guide covers one of Asia's most popular destinations in incredible detail. It offers sensitive, practical advice on everything from trekking in the northern hills to diving in the waters of the Andaman Sea. From comfortable Bangkok hotels to raft houses on the River Kwai, the listings have something for every budget. 12 pages of color photos and 64 maps.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781858287195
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 01/07/2002
Series: Rough Guides Travel Series
Edition description: 4TH
Pages: 864
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Colour sectioni
Colour map of the countryii
Where to govi
When to goxi
Things not to missxiv
Basics9
Getting there11
Travel via neighbouring countries17
Red tape and visas21
Information, websites and maps23
Money, banks and costs26
Insurance28
Health29
Getting around35
Accommodation44
Food and drink47
Telephones, mail and internet access54
The media57
Crime and personal safety58
Opening hours and holidays61
Festivals62
Entertainment and sport65
Spas and traditional massage68
Meditation centres and retreats69
Cultural hints70
Outdoor activities73
Gay Thailand77
Travellers with disabilities78
Travelling with kids80
Directory82
The Guide85
1Bangkok87
Highlights88
History90
Arrival94
Orientation and information97
City transport99
Accommodation105
Ratanakosin122
Banglamphu and the Democracy Monument area136
Chinatown and Pahurat142
Thonburi149
Dusit153
Downtown Bangkok156
Chatuchak and the outskirts166
Eating172
Nightlife and entertainment179
Shopping187
Moving on from Bangkok197
Listings202
Travel details205
2The central plains207
Highlights208
Nakhon Pathom212
Damnoen Saduak floating markets216
Samut Songkhram and around217
Kanchanaburi223
Erawan and Srinakarind national parks236
Tham Than Lot National Park237
Riding the Death Railway238
Ban Kao Museum239
Prasat Muang Singh239
Nam Tok240
Tham Lawa241
Hellfire Pass242
Sai Yok National Park, Pha That Falls and Hin Dat hot springs243
Thong Pha Phum243
Sangkhlaburi and around244
Three Pagodas Pass249
Bang Pa-In251
Ayutthaya252
Lopburi262
Wat Phra Phutthabat267
Phitsanulok269
Sukhothai275
Si Satchanalai and around287
Kamphaeng Phet290
Mae Sot and the border298
Umphang302
Travel details306
3The north309
Highlights310
History314
Hill-tribe treks315
Chiang Mai318
Doi Suthep347
Wiang Kum Kam349
Lamphun350
San Kamphaeng hot springs352
Huay Tung Tao and the Mae Sa valley352
Doi Khun Tan National Park354
Lampang355
Wat Phra That Lampang Luang359
Thai Elephant Conservation Centre361
Phrae361
Nan366
Doi Inthanon National Park373
Mae Sariang377
Mae Hong Son381
Mae Suya388
Soppong, Tham Lot and Ban Nam Rin389
Pai390
Tha Ton and the Kok River396
Chiang Rai400
Mae Salong404
Doi Tung408
Mae Sai409
Sop Ruak411
Chiang Saen412
Chiang Khong415
Travel details417
4The east coast419
Highlights420
Si Racha and Ko Si Chang422
Pattaya427
Rayong438
Ko Samet438
Chanthaburi449
Trat452
Laem Ngop455
Ko Chang456
Ko Whai and Ko Lao Ya468
Ko Mak and Ko Kham469
Ko Kud471
Travel details472
5The northeast: Isaan473
Highlights474
Khao Yai National Park478
Khorat (Nakhon Ratchasima)485
Dan Kwian489
Ban Prasat489
Phimai490
Phanom Rung and Muang Tham495
Surin498
Ban Ta Klang504
Khao Phra Viharn, Si Saket and Kantharalak505
Ubon Ratchathani508
Phibun Mangsahan514
Kong Chiam and the Pha Taem paintings515
To Chong Mek and the Lao border517
Yasothon, Ban Sri Than and Roi Et518
Khon Kaen and around520
Udon Thani and Ban Chiang526
Loei530
Phu Kradung National Park532
Nam Nao National Park533
Phu Reua National Park534
Chiang Khan536
Pak Chom and Sang Khom538
Nong Khai and around540
Wat Phu Tok548
Nakhon Phanom549
That Phanom550
Mukdahan552
Travel details554
6Southern Thailand: the Gulf coast557
Highlights558
Phetchaburi561
Cha-am and around565
Hua Hin567
Pak Nam Pran574
Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park575
Prachuap Khiri Khan577
Ban Krud579
Suan Luang579
Chumphon and around580
Chaiya584
Wat Suan Mokkh585
Surat Thani586
Ko Samui589
Ang Thong National Marine Park593
Ko Pha Ngan608
Ko Tao620
Nakhon Si Thammarat628
Khao Luang National Park633
Sichon634
Travel details635
7Southern Thailand: the Andaman coast637
Highlights638
Ranong642
Saphan Pla and Kaw Thaung645
Ko Chang647
Ko Phayam649
Ko Surin653
Ko Phra Thong654
Khao Sok National Park654
Khao Lak659
Ko Similan664
Phuket666
Ao Phang Nga695
Krabi699
Laem Phra Nang (Railay)707
Ao Nang and Hat Nopparat Thara711
Ko Phi Phi716
Ko Lanta Yai726
Ko Bubu and Ko Jum738
Travel details739
8The deep south741
Highlights742
Phatthalung and Thale Noi746
Trang town748
The coast: Pak Meng to Ban Chao Mai751
Ko Hai (Ko Ngai)752
Ko Mook753
Ko Kradan754
Ko Libong754
Ko Sukorn755
Satun756
Thale Ban National Park758
Ko Tarutao Marine Park758
Ko Bulon Lae763
Hat Yai764
Songkhla768
Ko Yo773
Khu Khut Wildlife Sanctuary774
Narathiwat and around774
Travel details778
Contexts779
History781
Art and architecture799
Religion: Thai Buddhism811
Flora, fauna and environmental issues816
Music827
The hill tribes836
Film842
Books846
Language853
Pronunciation855
General words and phrases856
Food and drink860
Glossary863
Index + small print881
A rough guide to Rough Guides882
Rough Guide credits883
Publishing information883
Help us update883
Acknowledgements884
Readers' letters884
Photo credits885
Full index887
Map symbols896

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