Thailand was the most visited country in Southeast Asia in 2013, according to the World Tourism Organisation.
Asian tourists primarily visit Thailand for Bangkok and the historical, natural, and cultural sights in its vicinity. Western tourists not only visit Bangkok and surroundings, but in addition many travel to the southern beaches and islands.
Thailand’s attractions include diving sites, sandy beaches, hundreds of tropical islands, nightlife, archaeological sites, museums, hill tribes, flora and bird life, palaces, Buddhist temples and several World Heritage sites.
Bangkok shopping malls offer a variety of international and local brands. Towards the north of the city, and easily reached by skytrain or underground, is the “Chatuchak Weekend Market”. It is possibly the largest market in the world, selling everything from household items to live, and sometimes endangered, animals. The “Pratunam Market” specialises in fabrics and clothing. The night markets in the Silom area and on Khaosan Road are mainly tourist-oriented, selling items such as T-shirts, handicrafts, counterfeit watches and sunglasses. In the vicinity of Bangkok one can find several floating markets such as the one in Damnoen Saduak. The “Sunday Evening Walking Street Market”, held on Rachadamnoen Road inside the old city, is a shopping highlight of a visit to Chiang Mai up in northern Thailand. It attracts many locals as well as foreigners. The “Night Bazaar” is Chiang Mai’s more tourist-oriented market, sprawling over several city blocks just east of the old city walls towards the river.
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