Thailand will dazzle, intrigue and set your senses on fire, with or without a chili or 2. A tourist playground of chaotic cities, dense jungles, plus otherworldly karsts and crags reaching for the sky.

There are endless oceans lapping silvery shorelines, crumbling remnants of ages past, golden Buddhas and saffron-robed monks.

Best time to go:

It has been alluded that Thailand has 3 seasons:  hot, hotter and the hottest. In actual fact it does have a hot season, a cold season and the rainy season however you want to look at it. Cold in this instance is a variable on what is actually “cold” to each individual. Every region in Thailand is different and depending on what you want to get up to whilst on holidays, the weather may not be an issue.

The Cold Season:
November to February – you can excited and see frost occasionally in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai in the north where the temperature may fall to as low as 4°C but the south remains warm. January is the best month to be in Bangkok.

The Hot Season:
February to May will give you sunny days with little rain and temperatures will be around the 29°C mark. The months of April and May are the hottest months. You may get a bit of rain during this season in the southern provinces.

The Rainy Season:
Of course if you go in the monsoon season, that is technically from May to October you may have a chance of experiencing cabin fever, as sometimes the rains just keep on coming. Other days it may be a case of blazing sunshine for a few hours relief to the deluge. Bangkok becomes a steaming pool and quite often experiences flooding during this period, hence its nickname of “Venice in the East”.

Thailand Travel Guide Extra Tips

  • There is no real language barrier as many locals speak English and if not, the proverbial land of smiles will give you plenty of reasons to brush up on your hand language.
  • Chiang Mai does get a bit on the smoky side during March of each year when the local farmers burn their fields.
  • Hiring of jet skiis, getting into boats or bungy jumping, in fact anything that has a physical element to it and machinery, should be looked at with a lot of skepticism, as safety issues are not high on the agenda.
  • Ensure that you wear a helmet if on a scooter or motorbike, as the local authorities will fine you if you are caught without one.
  • Have fun bartering at local markets and always smile, as you are probably haggling over 5 cents.
  • Don’t drink the water and ensure that purchased bottles of water have not been tampered with.
  • Be respectful of the local culture, such as taking your shoes off when you enter a temple or a private home.
  • Many nationalities can stay for 30 days with a tourist visa on arrival.
  • Tipping is not expected, but always appreciated.
Thailand Travel Guide

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