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Sights in Thailand | Thailand travel guide
Thailand, with sixteen million foreign nationals who fly to the Philippines every year, is Asia's most important tourist attraction and has a wide range of attractions to offer. But despite this enormous flow of tourists, Thailand's culture has remained largely intact - a land that has skilfully prevented colonisation has been able to take in the influence of the West while preserving its own wealth.
Although the skyscrapers and fluorescent tubes are in the focus of the touristic image, the characteristic Thai municipality is still the peasant town, and one does not have to dare far to meet a more tradional scenery of fishermen's municipalities, gum-plantages, and Buddhistic shrines. About forty per cent of Thais make their livelihoods with the basic food product travel, which is the basis for the country's singular and notorious-cuisines.
After the end of the profound uncertainty of the Vietnam War, Thailand was largely free to continue at a death-defying rate - for some considerable amount of years, in the 80s and early 90s, Thailand had the most rapidly growing population.
However, Thailand's policy could not keep up. With all the changes of the last sixty years, the much-noticed institutional sovereign, King Bhumibol, who is at the head of a sophisticated system of respect that encompasses Thai societies as a whole, has given a certain degree of filibuster.
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Worshipped all over the globe, Thailand cooking is an expression of basic elements of Thailand's culture: it is spacious, hot, refreshing and relaxing. Thailand-style food is based on locally grown produce - hot lemon grass, hot chilli peppers and hearty shellfish. The four basic tastes - aromatic, sugary, salty and acidic - are accompanied by a diverse domestic meal.
Cookery courses show the ease behind the apparently complex meals, and the mastery of the kitchen is an important ability to survive. Between the overcrowded urban areas lies the countryside, a mixture of paddy farms, lush rainforests and occupied settlements linked to the farmhouse. On the northern side, the woods and meadows come up against tooth blues and silver waterfall peaks.
Southward, barren lime rocks rise out of the cultural scene like prechistoric high-rises. Mostly dry, the north-east radiates an emerging shade of emeraldgreen during the wet seasons, when delicate leafy sprouts cover the area. Heaven is a intimate part of this Buddhaist country, and spiritual abandonment is colorful and omnipresent.
Shining sanctuaries and gold Buddhas surround both the countryside and the contemporary world. Old bandantries are solemnly covered in holy shawls to honor the local ghosts, lucky shrines adorn modest houses as well as huge shopping centres, while garland-covered fixtures fend off accident. Guests can attend meditative retreats in Chiang Mai, church celebrations in north-eastern Thailand, subterranean cavern chests in Kanchanaburi and Phetchaburi and mountain temple in the North.
Thailand is a hideaway for the hedonists and the hermits, the princes and the poor, with a long coast line (actually two coastlines) and jungles rooted in blue-water. The paradise provides a diverse menu: play in the soft waves of Ko Lipe, dive with ko tao shark, climb the Krabi cliff, kitesurf in Hua Hin, party on Ko Phi-Phi, relax in a spa town on Ko Samui and feast on the sands and seas.