Thailand is one of the major travel destinations of Southeast Asia. Located in the heart of the region, it always welcomes visitors with warm smiles from its charming people, therefore origin of the name "Land of Smiles". The country is renowned by the exquisite heritage, architecture, arts, social traditions, natural attractions, altogether with Thai food and a variety of tropical fruits. From the lush tropical forest and the cultural living way of the north, to pristine white beach of the south, set apart the exciting and energetic nightlife at Bangkok, Pattaya, and Phuket, visitor will surely find the ideal destination for their holiday.
Thailand is perfect for travelling all year round though the most popular time is during summer and cool season, when the sky is clear and have less rain. Songkran is the highlight festival in summer, taking place during 13-15 April every year. Throughout the festival, every street of the country are turned into festive venues where people splashing water on each other. Loy Krathong and Yi Peng Festival in the cool season are also the events that should not be missed. Held around November each year, people make and float away Krathong (small raft decorated with flower, candles, and joss sticks) on waterways to pay respect to the Goddess of Water. In the north, instead of setting the raft adrift, thousands of hot-air lanterns are lit and released into the sky, making the scene breathtakingly spectacular.