13 August 2018
With the sparkling beaches of the islands in the south, the enigmatic temples and hill-tribes of the north, and the neon lights of Bangkok in between, exotic Thailand has something for every traveller. The limestone karst rock formations and lush rainforests of Khao Sok National Park and other nature reserves are popular spots for jungle trekking, and the crystal-clear waters around the southern beach playgrounds like Phuket, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Phi Phi are a paradise for scuba diving and watersports.
Best time to visit Thailand
The weather in Thailand is divided into three seasons: the cool season (November to February), the hot season (March to May) and the rainy season (June to October). The cool season is usually considered the best time to visit Thailand, as it has the most sunshine and least rain. However, the December holidays tend to be busy and the prices inflated, so the overall best months to visit Thailand are November, January and February.
Recommended length of stay: 10-14 days is a great choice if you want to see Thailand’s highlights and experience some local adventures
Local currency: Thai Baht (THB)
Top three experiences
Thai for a Day, Chiang Mai
Discover Thai culture through the eyes of a local. Spend a day with a family, joining them as they go about their day to day activities. Learn about deep-rooted traditions and hear stories of the past while preparing a typical Thai meal at the family’s rural home.
Explore ancient temples and palaces, Bangkok
Visit the famous reclining Buddha of Wat Pho, and be awed by the grandeur and majesty of the Grand Palace, Thailand’s most important landmark. Adjoining the Grand Palace is Wat Phra Kaew, home to the Emerald Buddha which is thought to have been made in the 15th century.
Tour the old town on an e-bike tour, Phuket
Uncover the rich and colorful cultural heritage of Phuket as you ride through the historic quarters of this quaint provincial island on an e-bike. Visit Baan Silaprachan, home to the family of a former Phuket Governor, before exploring the pictorial museum of Thai Hua housed in a former Chinese school.
Where would you like to visit on your next adventure? Contact your local Travel Counsellor for a tailor-made holiday, or read our Authentic Encounters brochure for more inspiration.