At the heart of this full-colour and visually inspiring guide is a wealth of well-researched information and over 100 detailed recommendations, written by experts. From luxuriant tropical forests and ancient ruins to vibrant metropolises, you will find all the sights and top attractions explored in an easy-to-read A-Z format. Superb 3D laminated illustrations display the key sights in perspective and include Wat Phra Si Sanphet and the ruined city of Phimai, brought to life at the turn of a page. Clear and concise background texts cover Thailand's fascinating history from the first Buddhists to the Chakri Dynasty and from Monarchy to Democracy. Special feature pages cover topics of particular interest that give a rare glimpse into everyday life in the 'land of smiles' and provide the answers to Thailand's more intriguing cultural questions such as 'What made the twins Eng and Chang world-famous?' and 'How do you recognise a white elephant?'. A comprehensive 'Practicalities' chapter covers all the essential travel advice you need, including accommodation, transport, food and drink, health, shopping, language and much more, not to mention useful insider tips for travellers with disabilities and those travelling with children. It reveals when and where you can catch festivals, holidays and events throughout the year and also highlights where the best national parks can be found. There are plenty of 'Baedeker tips' alongside the relevant places and sights information, making this guide ideal for on-the-spot reference. The guide is accompanied by a large, fully indexed, pull-out map, along with 46 detailed maps and plans within the text that clearly pin-point the best places to stay and top venues to eat and drink en route. There are 5 recommended tours specially designed to ensure you see the very best of this magical country. Journeys range from short beach trips to long mountain excursions, so you can choose the tour to suit you. Top sights are clearly plotted along the way with the distances marked between them. All of this invaluable information is contained within a handy plastic wallet that allows you to keep the guide and map together whilst ensuring that both will survive in all weather.