It is often called the land of smiles because of its gentle, friendly people. It is home to the exciting city of Bangkok teeming with life with its wonderful ornate palaces and temples, street markets, Chao Phraya River on which to take a cruise and its rambling backwater canals. A side trip to the River Kwai is well worth while or to the nearby beach resorts of Pattaya, Hua Hin and Cha-Am. For more excellent beach resorts, you can’t go wrong with Phuket, Ko Samui, Krabi, Phi Phi Island or Koh Lanta in Southern Thailand. Northern Thailand offers spectacular scenery and impressive cities such as Chiang Mai, the “Rose of the North” and Chang Rai.