Thailand is a magical Southeast Asian country. Combining bustling cities, ancient temples, lazy sun-kissed beaches with rural hillsides inhabited by age-old tribal communities each with their distinctive costumes from silver baubles to neck rings. It's a country blessed with great food, culture, traditions, arts and crafts, family, and fun.
Bangkok, the capital with its soaring skylines, rooftops bars, nightclubs, and party alleys, is usually your first port of call. Skirted by the Andaman Sea, you are in the heart of the tropics. Within Bangkok experience some of the best Thai cuisine. Try Pad Thai, served in most restaurants, it's delicious, filling, and an inexpensive classic noodle-based Thai dish. 'Cabbages and Condoms' is tucked down an alley and a favourite novelty local restaurant. Food is not a problem in Thailand, and the best flavors are dished-up by street vendors. Don't be shy, jump out of your skin and live large in Thailand, and take home lasting memories.
Head south for the tropical beach-side towns of Krabi, Phuket, Koh Samui, and party hard. Thailand's nightlife is energetic, pulsating and unforgettable. Each city and town has its own distinct vibe. Head north into the countryside to Chiang Rai, founded in 1262 and Chiang Mai in the heart of the Golden Triangle. A stone's throw away is Laos and Myanmar separated by the mighty Mekong River. It is here you'll meet the smiling faces of traditional Thai tribal communities.
Visit a pagoda, do a cooking class, or for the more energetic, join a Muay Thai class. This traditional Thai martial art has developed over hundreds of years and become one of the most practiced martial arts in the world. Beginners to advanced levels are catered for. Elephant rehabilitation has become a major drawcard, so consider staying on an accredited (not all are) reserve. You can do as much as little as you like. Preparing breakfast only takes a few tons of fruit and vegetables chopped up! Then join the mahouts for bath and playtime down by the river to end a spectacular day.
Thailand is a destination that caters to every budget. You can do it all, or drop, flop and stop. Let the never-ending shades of Thailand entice and immerse you and be sure to include it when you plan your itinerary to Asia.
There is no wrong time to visit Thailand. Considerations that may influence your time of travel include weather, prices of flights, and accommodation, which are more expensive during peak seasons, festivals, and public holidays.
With a year-round balmy climate, April and May are usually the hottest months and the start of the wet or monsoon season, which extends through to October. The days are generally sunny and humid. During the wet season, tourists are less, the fields are green, and there are bargains for accommodation and flights.