Thailand It takes a while to adjust to Thailand with its exotic temples, saffron-robed monks and picturesque klongs. If Thailand is your first venture into Asia, be prepared for a cultural shock that is a riot of color and chaos, frenzy and tranquility, wats and palaces and much more. Here you will find elephant training schools, floating markets and elegant dancing. There are ruins of ancient monkey-filled temples where tangled vines and assorted plant life have embraced the monuments. Thailand is a place where time-honored traditions last forever and you get a sense that somehow that's the way it's supposed to be.