The mountainous North of Thailand, with its profusion of multi-coloured orchids, fascinating native handicrafts and winter temperatures sufficiently cool to permit cultivation of temperate fruits such as strawberries and peaches.
The Phetchabun mountain range
The Phetchabun mountain range in Thailand. It extends in a roughly north-south direction, and separates central from northeast Thailand. Several national parks, forest parks and wildlife reserves are located in these mountains (including Phukradung National Park, pictured here). In 2005 these were accepted by the UNESCO as a possible future addition to the World Heritage list.
The stunning shoreline of Surat Thani
The stunning shoreline of Surat Thani, the largest of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand, on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Thailand. Surat Thani means City of Good People, the title given to the city by King Vajiravudh (Rama VI).
Wild flowers in Chaiyaphum province
Wild flowers in Chaiyaphum, one of the north-eastern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. Chaiyaphum is a center for the Northeastern Thai musical styles Mor lam and Mor lam sing as well as being a renowned center for the Thai silk industry.
The beaches of Krabi
Krabi is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand, at the shore of the Andaman Sea. Most notable are the solitary limestone hills, both on the land and in the sea as islands. Rock climbers from all over the world travel to Railay Beach to climb. Of about 130 islands belonging to the province, Ko Phi Phi Lee is perhaps the most famous. The limestone hills contain many caves, most having beautiful stalactites and stalacmites.