Population: 65 million
Capital: Bangkok
Approximate number of tourists per year: 26 million

Along with Malaysia, Thailand is one of the serious big hitters of Southeast Asian tourism; quite simply it has everything. No capital in the world is quite like Bangkok, with its temples, restaurants, sex trade and scenic beauty. Of the 26 million people who visit the country every year, some 18 million go through the capital. It vies with London as the top tourist destination in the world. It is a twenty-four hour, full-on party town with some of the finest street food anywhere on the planet. Life in Thailand is very diverse, from the smog ridden crowded streets of Bangkok, to the cool hillside regions in the north and of course the fabulous beaches and islands of the south.

It has seen significant political unrest in recent years, culminating in the military coup of 2013. It is governed by a military junta and the resultant turmoil has seen tourist figures drop slightly. However, Thailand has a great history of bouncing back and there is no reason to believe this is anything other than a blip on an otherwise great record of tourism.

The Thai sex trade simply cannot be ignored and it would be spurious so to do. Some estimates put the number of working girls in the country at 1 million and whatever your stance on the industry; there is no denying that this is a significant factor in tourism. The idea of working girls is quite simply, viewed differently in the East than it is in the West, with many families perfectly happy with the situation.

Whatever your reason for visiting Thailand, you will not be disappointed; it is a wonderful country with amazing people. The scenery is varied and the cultural history is astonishing.

Following a highly successful 25-year career as a singer/songwriter and musician, Keith pulled out of the rat race and moved to Southeast Asia in 2008. First living in Thailand, he moved to Cambodia and then relocated to Ho Chi Minh City in early 2013. He started the Saigon Districts website, turning it into the fastest growing site in Vietnam. After careful consideration, he decided to cover not just Vietnam but the whole region that he loves so dearly. Keith has had work published in magazines and websites in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and Asia. He has written for the BBC and has appeared on TV and radio in many different countries. His great loves are music and travel, but he writes on a whole range of subjects. InSeAsia.com is a labour of love as Keith travels round the region garnering subject matter. Read more about the website here.