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Thailand is the country in [[Southeast Asia]] most visited by tourists, and for good reason. You can find almost anything here: thick jungle as green as can be, crystal blue waters that feel more like a warm bath than a swim in the ocean, and food that can curl your nose hairs while dancing across your taste buds. Exotic, yet safe; cheap, yet equipped with every modern amenity you need, there is something for every interest and every price bracket, from beach front backpacker bungalows to some of the best luxury hotels in the world. And despite the heavy flow of tourism, Thailand retains its quintessential Thai-ness, with a culture and history all its own and a carefree people famed for their smiles and their fun-seeking ''sanuk'' lifestyle. Many travellers come to Thailand and extend their stay well beyond their original plans and others never find a reason to leave. Whatever your cup of tea, they know how to make it in Thailand.
This is not to say that Thailand doesn't have its downsides, including the considerable growing pains of an economy where an agricultural labourer is lucky to earn 300 baht per day while the ''nouveaux riches'' cruise past in their BMWs. [[Bangkok]], the capital, is notorious for its traffic jams and rampant development has wrecked much of once-beautiful [[Pattaya]] and [[Phuket]]. In heavily touristed areas, some lowlifes have made [[#Stay safe|scamming]] tourists into an art form
*<see name="The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)" alt="(TAT)" address="Tourism Authority of Thailand 1600 New Phetchaburi Road, Makkasan, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, THAILAND" directions="Suvarnabhumi Airport" phone="+66 02 250 5500 (120 automatic lines) " url="http://www.tourismthailand.org " hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Suvarnabhumi Airport