Thailand is the number-one tourist destination in Southeast Asia, with over 13 million visitors per year, 300,000 per month to the island of Phuket alone. This is the best and most comprehensive guide to the country. Loaded with inside information from the resident authors on everything from the secrets of buying food from street vendors to sampling the fabulous cuisine in thousands of great restaurants. Prices are astonishingly low, which adds to the attraction. Two people can dine well for less than $5, including drinks and several courses. The finest hotels, with impeccable service, cost a fraction of what you would pay in Europe or the US. Tips on shopping for silk scarves, exotic jewelry, handicrafts and much more, all at bargain prices. Hikes, bike trips, elephant riding, fishing, kayaking - all the outdoor activities available. Special experiences like Thai massage, visiting some of the 30,000 mystic temples, elephant trekking, sea canoeing, exploring the unspoiled islands. Best of all, the people are open, friendly and welcoming. This guide will introduce you to them.