Thai Currency:  Thai Baht
As the only Southeast Asian country to have avoided colonial rule, Thailand's cultural heritage remains largely intact, mingling with contemporary influences of the Western world. Bangkok's skyline is awash with futuristic skyscrapers and ornate temple spires, and luxury hotels are just a stone's throw from ancient markets, introducing the clash of old and new to be discovered around every corner.
Away from the cities, the long coastline is a tropical haven of relaxing islands, such as Koh Phangan, as well as fast-paced party hot spots like Phuket. Be sure to go snorkelling in the turquoise water, or if swimming isn't your thing why not take a boat tour to soak up the scenery?
Meanwhile, the many national parks, rice paddies, and lakes provide an escape from the surrounding excitement, offering a glimpse into the country's rural way of life. Hike through Khao Yai National Park to take in the surroundings and (if you're lucky) spot some elephants!
A trip to Thailand wouldn't be complete without sampling the local cuisine. From street food in Bangkok, to seafood in Phuket, the vibrant flavours are a true reflection of Thai culture and a celebration of local ingredients, meaning the offering is varied and always exciting wherever your trip takes you.