If you’re looking for rich tradition and culture, otherworldly temples, mountainous landscape, lush jungles, emerald waters, picture-perfect beaches, mouthwatering street food and smiles from just about everyone you meet, Thailand is all this and more. The big draw is the islands. Hundreds of tropical islands dot the southern end of the country. The most popular is Phuket, followed by crowd-pleaser Koh Samui and the jaw-dropping Koh Phi Phi. Also, do a deep-dive inland and explore the sprawling big city buzz of Bangkok or the laid-back vibe of Chiang Mai where you can temple-hop around town and take in the sacred shrines.