Thailand is always welcoming, despite receiving hordes of tourists all year-round. Thailand’s majestic temples pull you in, and you can’t help but be drawn to the history of it all. Thailand’s pristine and turquoise waters are magical, warm and incredibly photogenic which add the perfect touch to a dream holiday. Thailand is considered one of the best budget-friendly destinations in the world.
TOP PLACES TO VISIT
- BANGKOK- a bustling nightlife, some of the best market shopping and is a backpacker hotspot. Plus, its historical sites and vibrant culture make it a well-rounded and fascinating place to visit. This city also has some of the most varied, spiciest and tastiest street food. Thailand's capital city is a busy metropolis with tons to do!
- KRABI- lying right next to Phuket, and it is an ideal destination for those looking for a one-stop destination where you can enjoy pretty much everything such as incredible beaches, fun outdoor activities, and sightseeing. Krabi is a huge province with a group of beautiful islands located in the southern part of Thailand.
- PHUKET- Often referred to as the Pearl of the Andaman, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island. It’s a popular spot for visitors to southeast Asia – and for good reason too. With an impressive coastline featuring long stretches of sandy beach strung together by dramatic rock formations, it’s been attracting people to its shores for decades. While this means that some parts of this large island can be busy, there is still a traditional and authentic side of Phuket to discover–plus it means there is always something to see and do.
- PATTAYA- The poster boy of nightlife in Thailand, Pattaya needs no introduction. True to its fame, it guarantees action packed nights with its thundering party streets, raucous bars and electric atmosphere. Days are just as exciting, with its extreme adventures, golden sand beaches and tonnes of local attractions.
- KOH PHI PHI- Koh Phi Phi is a tale of two islands. One side is a beautiful and serene setting, with quiet restaurants, art galleries, and old people. The other side features a beach lined with rambunctious clubs, swimming pool parties, and an abundance of drunk street food offerings. In between these two sides, you’ll find a pleasant balance with more low-key bars, dozens of shopping and dining options, and anything else your heart could desire, like massages, hair salons, tattoo parlors, and even a place where you can have fish eat the dead skin off your feet.
TOP THINGS TO DO
- THAI MASSAGE - After a long flight or even just a day of exploring, there's not much that will feel better than indulging in a Thai massage. The best part is you can get pampered without spending a fortune! Prices vary around the country, but expect to pay between $6 - $15 depending on your location.
- EXPERIENCE THE FLOATING MARKET - With an extensive canal system, it is no wonder people often dub Bangkok as the “Venice of the East”. Although they are not as romantic as Venice, exploring a canal or floating market in Bangkok is nevertheless a worthy entry to your bucket list. Full of life and color, these markets offer a charming and one-of-a-kind bucket list worthy experience in Bangkok, Thailand.
- EXPLORE KRABI’S CAVE - Go to Krabi’s Tham Klang, and explore its deep caves, to quench your thirst for adventure. There will be a lot of dirt as well as climbing involved, so ditch your flip-flops and bring in your trainers.
- TAKE A TUK-TUK RIDE - There are a few modes of transportation throughout Thailand, but none of them is as popular as the tuk tuk. For the uninitiated, the tuk tuk is a motorized 3-wheeled vehicle that you will see zipping all around the country’s towns, and riding is one of the most popular things to do in Thailand.
- TAKE A DAY TRIP TO AYUTTHAYA - A visit to Ayutthaya is something you must seriously consider, as you create a travel itinerary and list down your things to do in Thailand. Listed in 1991 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ayutthaya will treat you with its magnificent ruins and historic temples like the Wat Phra Mahathat and Wat Phra si Sanphet.
BEST TIME TO VISIT THAILAND
The climate varies around the country, but you will typically find the most comfortable temperatures and least amount of rain from November to April.
WEATHER IN THAILAND
Tropical with 3 distinct seasons. Though there is a "rainy season", precipitation is possible at any time of the year, so it's best to be prepared. Hot season: March to May,Cool season: November to February,Rainy season: June to October
Peak season for tourists is typically from November to February, so this will be the busiest and most expensive time to visit.