Thailand

Thailand

Thailand

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The land of smiles

It’s hard to find a country as welcoming and easy to travel as Thailand: a dream of gorgeous islands to hop in between, fascinating cities, stunning nature, rich culture and history, and delicious cuisine. It’s no wonder travellers come back time and again, Thailand has got all the ingredients for the perfect dream holiday.

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Highlights

An incredible country, Thailand offers a multitude of tropical islands, jungle clad mountains, ancient ruins, and charming cities to visit.

Vibrant Bangkok is a mega city full of life, markets, delicious street food, nightlife, culture, and great shopping. It’s chaotic and gritty, but also exciting and charming. The Chao Phraya River, and the big network of rivers and canals sprouting from it, cross the city: these waterways are a way of life for many, a living remainder of the time when Bangkok was called the Venice of the East, and are a great way to explore the city.

Myriad of fascinating temples can be found in the UNESCO World-heritage sites of Ayutthaya, Kamphaeng Phet, and Sukhothai. The ruins of these ancient kingdoms are stunning, and can easily be compared to the temples of Angkor in Cambodia and Bagan in Myanmar. They are also very conveniently located on the way from Bangkok to beautiful Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai is the largest city in northern Thailand, and the cultural hub of the country. Hundreds of glittering temples dot the city, while all around lush landscapes and mountains make for excellent trekking opportunities. Add to that the delectable regional cuisine and friendly local people, and you’ll know why so many have fallen in love with this city, so much so to want to call it home!

Chiang Mai is also the gateway to the north, a region of hill tribes, rolling mountains, waterfalls and forests. We love to road trip around this region: lush Mae Hong Son with its caves and canyons, waterfalls, hot springs and natural parks, hill tribes and of course the lovely hippie & relaxed town of Pai; Lampang, with its traditional teak wood houses and the colorful & bustling Kad Kong Ta night market that takes place every Saturday and Sunday; laid back Chiang Rai with its incredible White Temple, lush nature all around, and the Mekong River flowing through the Golden Triangle region; and further north Mae Salong, with its unspoilt countryside and quirky Thailand meets China culture.

No trip to Thailand would be complete without some serious islands hopping. And there are so many gorgeous islands to visit! On the Gulf of Thailand side our absolute favorites are:

Jungle clad Koh Phangan for its incredible beaches and paradise bays. This gem of an island may have become (in-)famous for its full moon parties, but we love it for the beaches in the east and north of the island, they are spectacular!

Pristine and off the beaten track Koh Kood for its amazing, and mostly deserted beaches – probably some of the best in South-East Asia!

On the Andaman side, you really shouldn’t miss:

Koh Lipe, Thailand’s southernmost island, a little paradise of white beaches and crystal clear waters. While it has been getting more well known recently, it is still very laid back – a holiday here will involve lots of barefoot walking and snorkeling among vibrant coral reefs.

Even more laid back might be Koh Jum: blessed with beautiful nature, lovely people and gorgeous beaches, it is the perfect island for a very relaxing beach holiday.

Snorkeling and diving in the Similan and Surin Islands is an incredible experience. There’s only a camp in the national park, but you can visit on a cruise or on a liveboard: the marine life here is beyond amazing.

Among the many National Parks in the country, we love Khao Sok. Home to wild elephants, gibbons, and even black tigers, Khao Sok is a beautiful natural reserve with a gorgeous lake bordered by limestone rocks at its center. If you ever dreamt of sleeping in a tree house in the jungle, this is the place to do it!

Travel Tips

Travellers from the U.S., UK, and EU are given a free 30-days as a tourist if entering the country by air, and 15 days if entering overland. More information about visa requirement can be found here. As for all international travel, tourists will need a passport with minimum 6 months validity and one free page.

The currency is the Thai Bath. ATMs can be found easily in all cities and bigger islands. However, it is advisable to bring cash on smaller islands or countryside towns.

Some of the nicest festivals to enjoy are: in Chiang Mai, Loy Krathong in the late fall, Bo Sang Umbrella Festival in January,  The Flower Festival in February; Songkran Water Festival in April, celebrated everywhere in the country – be prepared to get very wet! Hua Hin Jazz Festival is in June, while the incredible if shocking Vegetarian Festival in Phuket falls in September/October.

The weather is tropical, and very hot between March and May, cooler from November to February, and rainy between June and October. Best time to visit is December – February, however be aware that starting in mid-February through early April Chiang Mai and most Northern Thailand is best avoided as this is the “burning season”. The south has 2 seasons depending on which side of the peninsula you are. The rainy season is worst on the Andaman Sea between May and October, whereas islands in the Gulf of Thailand experience the worst rainfall between October and December.

The food in Thailand is absolutely delicious, we highly recommend doing a cooking course or taking a food safari, you won’t regret it!

The political situation in Thailand is compex – at the moment it is run by a military junta – and the country maintains very strict lèse-majesté laws. We would discourage tourists to engage in political discussions.

We do not support animal tourism, no elephant riding or tiger hugging, and hope that neither will you.

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