Situated on the Indochina peninsula, the Southeast Asia country of Thailand is a place of historical importance centred on Buddhism that has become a very popular holiday location for Westerners. The capital, Bangkok, is a thriving metropolis with a modern cityscape that is in contrast to the nearby quiet riverside communities. The Chinatown district is a shopping hub and there are some good restaurants and other eateries. Try Le Normandie Restaurant at Mandarin Oriental for a special evening. The tropical beaches are a great attraction for many holidaymakers and the country has a reputation for a very lively nightlife scene. For those interested in history there is much to explore, ancient ruins, temples and impressive palaces abound. Thailand's islands are popular for luxury Thailand holiday deals. Phuket and Koh Samui are very popular destinations.