Thailand is well known as a tourist magnet, but some things will surprise you when you first visit.
Bangkok has had a COVID makeover. The pace is less crazy, the traffic jams smaller, the streets cleaner. And art, food and culture are being celebrated along its river banks.
Northern Thailand tends to be overlooked by Australians, but its proximity to rich southeast Asian cultures, including its own, and its mountainous setting, make it a distinctive and enriching destination.
Originally from the Gold Coast, Thailand is now Graham Grant's second home.
Avani+ Khao Lak will keep the brood as busy – or as laid back – as they want to be.
Anyone who can't find their dream beach on Phuket is probably allergic to sand.
Phuket's newest resort, the Melia Phuket Mai Khao faces the island's longest stretch of Andaman beachfront. A stay here is about sundowners and a rehab with sea breezes.
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.