The Tourism Authority of Thailand will be celebrating the Thai New Year of Songkran by bringing a taste of the festivities to the heart of London.
If you have booked a gap year to south-east Asia, make sure you stop at Bangkok. The Thai capital is bustling and chaotic on the outside, but step inside one of its hundreds of temples, and you will be greeted with monks, calm, and peace and quiet.
If you're planning to incorporate a trip to Thailand in your gap year adventure, make sure you take the time to work out your perfect itinerary. Read our guide to find tips on how to organise the ideal route for you.
We go on a five minute speed date with the capital city of Thailand, Bangkok. A city which is an assault on the senses; one that's loud, dirty, chaotic, colourful and exciting. A city of contrasts where glitzy shopping malls and high tech sky-trains sit along street vendors and buzzing tuk tuks.
Being a vegetarian can be hard when you’re travelling, vegetarian options are not always available, you don’t want to feel like a pain dragging your travelling companions round to ten different restaurants and you might be worried about offending other cultures by not eating the meat they’ve cooked for you. In some countries like India, New Zealand and Greece you can expect to find good vegetarian alternatives, however, there are a few surprisingly good destinations for vegetarians that you wouldn’t have expected.
Imagine mist shrouded limestone peaks, turquoise waters, crumbling colonial towns, 50ft tall religious statues, the smell of frying in the morning, and heaving backpacker parties on paradise islands. Imagine this and you have pictured south-east Asia perfectly.
Want an unforgettable adventure to kick off your gap year? The new ASEAN Rickshaw Run takes in several thousand miles of Indonesian archipelago and South East Asian terrain and will feature 30 international teams travelling from Jakarta to Bangkok.
For many, a gap year can be a number of things: a chance to see new places or meet people from all over the world (locals and travellers alike), party hard, witness stunning scenery, or just chuckle to yourself over the many strange events that occur.
Book your flights in advance and you can save big with South East Asian low-cost airline Cebu Pacific. From tomorrow until Sunday (February 20), 1.2million tickets across 49 different routes in the region will be offered for half price.
Get the ultimate guide to your gap year destination on your Google Android phone this December for just $0.99 (£0.64) with the Compass City Guide app sale from Lonely Planet. Hi-tech travellers can pick up augmented reality guides to 25 worldwide cities for this low price until Christmas Day.
Hostelling International has discovered that the world's best hostels can be found in Thailand, the USA, and Australia, after a survey of 77,000 guests picked the most friendly and comfortable places to stay.
Looking for gap year inspiration to kick-start your 2011? Then pick up the latest edition of Wanderlust magazine and browse through their selection of the 50 next new trips for the New Year.
Angkor Wat is the most important monument of the former Khmer Empire, which spanned Cambodia, Vietnam and Burma, and you can discover it for yourself with exclusive tours available from Six Senses.
Kick-start your gap year in style with a night at Bangkok's Siam Kempinski hotel, where you can sleep off your jet lag in comfort for £165 for the night.