More visitors take cheap flights to Thailand than any other South-East Asian nation. No surprises there. It's an amazing fusion of climate, culture, countryside and charming, welcoming locals.
It's affordable too. After taking flights to Thailand, on the post-Bangkok bit of your holiday, you can easily bag a room for the night for about $10.
It's so popular that you may find yourself sharing the beach with fellow Australians. To enjoy Thailand with the Thais, try Hua Hin, retreat of the royals in the north; Ko Rok in southern Thailand; Ko Tarutao, part of the Tarutao National Marine Park; and Ko Kut on the southeastern tip of Thailand, close to Cambodia.