Thailand is well known as a tourist magnet, but some things will surprise you when you first visit.
An electrifying revolution is happening on Thailand's waterways.
The menu lets fresh ingredients sing, particularly with liberal use of aromatic herbs, added as a necessity, not an afterthought.
Street food still rules on the beach in Patong.
Bangkok is a city with a rich culinary heritage, and you can barely find a decent meal at its airport.
Busy Phuket is nearby but Koh Yao Yai moves to a different, more laidback rhythm.
Thailand is home to more than 1400 islands, but finding one to yourself isn't easy.
While mountains, rivers and lush green rice fields dominate the north, to its centre, Buddhist monks in saffron-coloured robes sashay through glittering temples barely visible atop misty mountains. In the south, hedonism rules. Sun-loving tourists flock to island beaches set among limestone mountains to party or purge. Dive into this intoxicating yet fun-loving country; the culinary king of Asia.