Among the most popular travel destinations in Asia, Thailand bowls the visitor over with its remarkable natural diversity, paradise-caliber scenery, archaeological and architectural treasures, and delicious flavors.
Stretching from the misty highlands of the north and the fertile rice country of the Central Plain to the lushly forested mountains, pinnacled islands, and aquamarine bays of the Malay Peninsula in the south, Thailand could rightly be considered the heart of Southeast Asia.
Our go-to guide to this astonishing country, award-winning AAA travel advisor Khaney Muyderman, is of Thai heritage and has visited her family’s homeland several times since coming to the United States in the early 1980s. “Best known as a Buddhist nation, Thailand comes sprinkled with 31,000 glittering temples or wats—the country radiates a golden hue throughout,” Khaney says. “If you have an appetite for adventure, stunning natural beauty, and great food, Thailand needs to be on your next destination list!”