Holidaying in Thailand
Ever since Thailand became a lucky recipient of the 1960s economic boom and opened its doors to international tourism, this country has seen an annual influx of visitors reaching the 10 million mark. What is it about “The Land of Smiles” that lures vacationers from all walks of life, from the humble and nature-loving backpackers to the sophisticated pleasure-seeking tourists? Perhaps it is the combination of the wide choices of amenities found in its many resorts and its mysterious Buddhist inspired architecture, culture and history or maybe it is its unforgettable cuisine and rejuvenating spas. But whatever it is, one thing remains true. This 2010 UN Human Rights Council member has that unique ability to offer all visitors great and valuable deals for their hard-earned money, all effortlessly packaged with your preference carefully taken into consideration.
Best Time to Drop By
The period between November – February is the best time to see Thailand when it is not too hot and the monsoon season is far from commencing. If you’d like to maximize the chances of getting that tan of a lifetime, the months of April and May is the hottest. However, the islands to the south often experience varying monsoon cycles so best to check the weather websites if you’re headed to these areas.
Southeast Asia’s backpacker central is found in Thailand, specifically at Khao San Road. Quite comparable to the European backpacking trails, Thailand has offered a refreshing and economical alternative for avid international backpackers for many years and counting. As the number of budget flights increase, no wonder tourists keep on coming back for more of Thailand.
And how can you afford to miss witnessing history firsthand when you see the historical landmarks of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya. Of course, a Thailand vacation will never be complete if you don’t stop by the Khmer ruins found at the nation’s north and northeast regions.
In Bangkok, you can be witness to the country’s rich history and still flourishing culture when you go see its impressive temples dotting the banks of the Chao Phraya River during the day while savouring Thai’s chilli-based cuisine – a surprising cure to ward off some uneasy side effects of Thailand's tropical weather. Whatever presentation or orientation you choose, whether you buy the very affordable street food version or the imperial edition, the taste is unique and authentically Thai.
Before retiring for the evening, we recommend treating your extremities to a genuine Thai massage, especially at the chic spa in Hua Hin. After all, you’re already in the land where the famous massage was invented so make the most of the opportunity. However, if loitering around the country’s outrageously lavish spa centres is not your cup of tea, you can squeeze in shopping as you roam the many stores for designer or bargain apparel items. Better yet, visit Ko Pha Ngan and partake of the life at night, especially during Thailand’s legendary Full Moon parties.
From Bangkok, the island of Ko Samet is just a road and boat ride away and nearby Kanchanaburi, the site of the epic Bridge Over the River Kwai, is a must see together with the sensationalized Tiger Temple and pristine waterfalls. If travelling with the whole family, we highly recommend island hopping and staying at Ko Lanta and Krabi.
Up north, trekking is the in thing which you can do by foot or on board an elephant. Meander along the misty mountainous region of Chiang Mai to see the many hill or ethnic tribes living there.
Other Sites to See and Things to Do
Remember the personalized holiday package only a trip to Thailand can offer? Well, you have plenty to choose from. From sunset gazing at the Mekong in Nong Khai, to nature tripping at Nan’s national parks, up to a meditation detoxification spree in Isan’s forest wat, Thailand will never cease to surprise you. How about learning the Thai lingo if you’re planning to extend your stay?
Down south, Thailand offers plenty of islands offering an array of activities and sites to see. Note however, that this are is populated by Muslims and has been subjected to several political upheavals, often resulting in the slow development of its tourism industry. This is very unfortunately as this area’s unique cultural setup sets it apart from the rest of the nation.
Moreover, the islands here boast of deep bluish green waters, the perfect backdrop for a relaxing lounge by the beach while sipping the famous Beer Chang or Singha or any of the hundreds of cocktail concoctions locally prepared.
In Ko Tao, you can train how to dive for a chance to see the world down under. Fortunately, the southwest coast islands of Ko Phi Phi and Khao Lak have fully bounced back from the tragedies of the 2004 tsunami, and they together with the Ko Samui and Phuket islands are the perfect venues to get your awesome tan. You can even rent a pool villa for a romantic honeymoon getaway, your very own secluded island or mountain terrain if you have the time and money to spare.
Travelfish gives you a peek at other famous Thai spots and occasionally will let you in some trade secrets and tips in getting the most out of your Thai holiday. From visa requirements to frequently observe local traditions and practices, this website has it all.