Thailand Travel Guide
November to February is generally considered Thailand's high season. Cooler weather and less rainfall around most of the country makes outdoor activities more pleasant.
Travel to islands in the Andaman Sea Andaman Sea destinations include Koh Phi Phi, Similans, Surin, islands off Koh Lanta, the Butang Group (Koh Lipe, Koh Tarutao). is pleasant due to calm seas. However, the Gulf of Thailand GulfGulf of Thailand destinations include Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Koh Chang, Koh Samet, Koh Krood. usually has large waves in November & December. The sea calms somewhat in January & February.
Chiang Mai and surrounds normally range from "a bit nippy" to downright cold during high season. Those planning to ride motorbikes or travel about in Samlors Inexpensive public transport around Thailand. Pickup trucks with a canopy over bench seats in the rear. should consider bringing or buying a substantial jacket.
Hot season in Thailand can be miserable, especially outdoors in Bangkok. Poor air quality compounds the problem. Beaches around the country as well as mountains in the North provide a welcome respite.
Rainy season is complicated and seems to be changing. The good news is that you will see fewer tourists and get better rates on rooms. Our best attempt at explaining what is normal for Thailand's rainy season.
Hotels & Resorts
Hotels & Resorts appeal to different travelers in individual ways. Some may be delighted with a sand-floored hut on a quiet beach or nestled in a forest. Khao Sok National Park actually has tree-house accommodations.
Luxury rooms in a 5-star resort are minimum expectations for other travelers. Thailand boasts more than a fair share of world class hotels & resorts.
Room rates have risen over the years. But compared to the west and other Asian countries, you can still find great deals. Avoiding High Season For purposes of booking rooms in Thailand, high season is generally November to February, but varies by region.
Availability: Thais tend to travel for holidays around Christmas, New Year, Chinese New Year, and especially Thai New Year (Songkran) leads to even better rates and selection.
More resorts at better rates are available during the rainy season.
Passports with expiration dates less than 6 months are required for entering Thailand. Depending on the length of your stay in Thailand, you may need a Visa"Foreigners may enter under the Tourist Visa Exemption category; may re-enter and stay in Thailand for a cumulative duration of stay not exceeding 90 days within any 6-month period from the date of first entry."
Foreigners entering Thailand under the Tourist Visa Exemption category must possess adequate finances for the duration of stay in Thailand (i.e., cash 10,000 Baht per person and 20,000 Baht per family).. Visa regulation in Thailand change often. Please do your homework!
Packing light makes your trip to Thailand much less stressful. Pack only the minimums and do some shopping on arrival. Cotton shirts and walking shorts are available for Bt 400 at street markets.
Luggage can ruin your day! Wheels are great for airports but not for the sidewalks of Bangkok .. packing for Thailand.
Currency exchange should wait for Thailand. Don't pat a foreign bank premium. You will get better exchange rates after arrival. Travelers' checks, ATM cards or cash will get market rates.
ATM's are pretty much everywhere nowadays. Every 7-11 will have one. Shopping areas have banks of them. Some offshore banks now charge Bt 200 for a withdrawal. Some of our tips may save you a few Thai Baht. Plus you can see real time exchange rates for all major currencies. Thai Baht exchange rate
Bangkok will be the first glimpse of Thailand for most arrivals. Bangkok is big, complex, fascinating and is normally, hot! Traffic gridlock is common. Air quality can be terrible. Yet Bangkok can be a wonderful experience .. Bangkok
Beaches and islands draw millions of tourists each year. Chaweng Beach on Koh Samui had hundreds of resorts, restaurants and bars. Ban Krud Beach in Prachuap Khiri Khan has but a handful. Each beach has it's own particular charm. Part of the travel experience is finding what works best for you .. beaches
What to See & Do
Muang Boran should be on everyone's culture attractions list. Built near the outskirts of Bangkok in a park like setting of 800 Rai330 acres or 120 hectares, the "Ancient City" has hundreds of full-scale and rear-scale reproductions of Thai culture.
Spacious and comfortable, the family can spend an entire day wandering around magnificent buildings, statuary and nature .. Muang Boran
Action junkies may prefer climbing the limestone cliffs in Krabi or diving the reefs of the Andaman. If more interested in the sea, Thailand has some excellent scuba diving.
Rainy season swells Thailand's rivers and rewards off-season tourists with white water rafting. Hotel prices are cheaper as well.