Thailand is well known as a tourist magnet, but some things will surprise you when you first visit.
The names may not ring a bell, but these islands have their own special attractions.
Anyone who cooks knows that even one ingredient, however small, can make or break a recipe.
Songkran is Thailand's biggest yearly festival, and the world's biggest water fight.
I stayed three nights and lost 2kg as a result of probably all the exercise, yoga, treatments at the spa and good, healthy food. It felt pretty effortless and extremely relaxing too.
The benefits of a spa break don't have to end on the trip home.
Some of these super-spicy dishes demand courage and a glass of ice-cold water or beer.
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.