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How to Reach Thailand
By Air: The main international airport is Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport, where daily flights come and go, linking Thailand to destinations across Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America. Some popular tourist destinations like Phuket, Chiang Mai and Hat Yai have air links to neighbouring countries like Malaysia and Singapore; some chartered flights also come and go, but not very regularly.
How to get to Thailand by Rail As far as surface transport is concerned, Bangkok is connected to Singapore and Malaysia by rail - there are daily trains between these countries.
How to get to Thailand by Road If you’re travelling by road- whether bus or otherwise- three road crossings exist between Thailand and Malaysia: at Songkhla, Narathiwat, and Yala.
How to get to Thailand by Sea Thailand -more specifically, Pattaya- is an important stopover for cruise liners, and some cargo ships stopping at Thai ports carry passengers too.
Places to Visit in Thailand
Thailand is a rather heady mix of the old and the new- on the one hand, there are traditions which are centuries old; on the other, there are modern fashions, flashy gizmos- virtually every convenience of the new world. This fine blend of ancient heritage and the upwardly mobile trends of present times is carried through in Thailand’s cities and towns too. Bangkok is a city pulsating with life. There is no other way to describe it. For the culturally inclined the cities various shrines and temples provide succor and for those looking for excitement and fun, the raunchy bars and night market at Patpong offer another view of this dynamic city. Find calm on the Chao Pyra River amidst the chaotic confusion of cars on the streets of the city. You will find the calm far outweighs the confusion. Whichever facet of Bangkok interests you, rest assured you will not regret your decision to visit! The rich cultural heritage of Thailand is still alive in the old cities of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya . Palace and temple ruins are scattered all over in these ancient cities, and they have been declared World Heritage Sites; Chiang Mai in the north was, in the late 13th century, the capital of the Lan Na kingdom. Climb up the Doi Suthep peak and pay obeisance at the Wat Phra Borommathat temple. This temple, one of the holiest in all of Thailand is perched at a height of 1676 metres and watches over the city of Chiang Mai. Just an hour drive away from Bangkok lies the oldest city in Thailand- Nakhon Si Thammarat . Here view the Phra Pathom Chedi, reputed to be the highest Buddhist structure in the world. When you are done with history, and want to have a relaxed holiday on the seashores of this amazing country, head straight for the beaches. AtPhuket you are not far from paradise. The beachfront at Patong is dotted with sun umbrellas and people sunning themselves to a deep bronze. You can take a dip in the cool blue water or zoom on a jet scooter around the bay. The marina is lined with little shops selling their wares - mostly tee shirts and trinkets to take back home. The waters of the Andaman Sea are a brilliant blue and the sands a silvery white. Snorkel, swim, para-sail, go deep sea diving or simply sit on a deck chair and soak in the sun. Pattaya is just a two-hour drive from Bangkok and transports you from the chaos of the city to scenic environs of azure skies and palm-fringed beaches. During the day one can either laze on the beaches or play a round of golf and come sundown, go bar hopping at "the Strip". The beach resort of Hua-Hin is only about three hours’ drive from Bangkok, and is easily accessible via train or bus (trains start from Bangkok’s Hualamphong Station, and buses can be boarded from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal). Hua Hin is a lovely place, with a clean beach, cliffs, greenery and a quaint fishing village; it’s known for its dried seafood and its delicious sweets (locally called `khanom’). It is, incidentally, Thailand’s oldest beach resort, and dates back to the 1920s when the reigning monarch, King Rama VII, built a summer palace here. The town still retains an old-world charm very different from the modernity of other beach resorts. There isn’t, admittedly, much to do- except relax and have a peaceful holiday, but the fishing port is still active, and there are some nice old Buddhist temples clinging to the seaside cliffs of Hua Hin. If you’d like to wander further afield, you can make a visit to nearbyCha-am (another good beach resort), Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, and Phetchaburi (a historical town, which was a major settlement during the Ayutthaya period, and still retains traces of its lost splendour). There are other places too- all of them quiet and peaceful; beautiful, serene, and very Thai. The proverbial island in the sun, Koh Samui is located by the Gulf of Thailand, lies about 560 km south of Bangkok, and is accessible either by air (there are regular flights to the mainland) or by sea: there are daily ferry services from the closest point on the mainland, which is Surat Thani. Beach bungalows, hotels and resorts are available on the island (which is actually the largest of a group of above 80 islands- all but four being uninhabited). Koh Samui is all beaches, blue seas, coral reefs, palm trees (the best coconuts in Thailand!) and paddy fields. It’s the ideal destination for water sports, or even just plain lazing around. On Koh Samui itself there are some beautiful waterfalls- notably Hin Lad and Na Muang, while on the neighbouring island of Koh Fan, there is the temple of Wat Hin Ngu, with a huge statue of a seated gold Buddha. Samui, though a wonderful holiday destination, is relatively quiet and not inundated with tourists as are many of the other resorts. It is also a good place for excursions to other nearby islands, including the Ang Thong Marine Park and Koh Phangan: both a must-see for anyone who’s interested in seas, corals, and marine life. There are, of course, many more sights to see, many more places to visit. Throughout the country, there are palaces, temples and shrines for those who like to visit monuments; parks and sanctuaries like theKoh Samet Marine National Park , the Ao Phang Nga National Parkwhere scenes of the James Bond movie `The Man with the Golden Gun’ were shot, and Khao Yai National Park , for nature lovers.
Thailand Travel Guide
1. Don't Cram Too Many People Into a Tuk-Tuk - Most tourists in Thailand take a tuk-tuk at least once. A tuk-tuk is a motorized rickshaw on 3 wheels and, while fun, they can also be dangerous. To make sure your ride in a tuk-tuk is interesting and not hospital-admitting, don't put more than 2-3 people in a tuk-tuk and, that way, nobody will fall out of the side.
2. Don't Walk in Tall Grass or Stick Your Hand in Covered Places - Thailand has more than its fair share of poisonous snakes. Don't walk in tall grass and don't put your hand anywhere that's covered - that includes holes in the ground, covered bowls, swimming pool drains - literally anywhere a snake might hide. A couple of hundred people every year die of snake bites in Thailand and many thousands have serious injuries. Look where you're walking when you walk and watch where you put your hands, so nothing comes out of the darkness and nabs you.
3. Don't Swim in Rivers or Streams - The locals will swim in rivers and streams and, especially if you're out of Bangkok, you might have the opportunity to do so. Don't. There are snakes in the water, fish that bite and any other number of weird creepy crawlies. Plus, in many places, the water isn't very clean and dengue fever is rife in Thailand too.
4. Drink Bottled Water and Avoid Ice - Another great safety tip for Thailand is to make sure you drink bottled water. Honestly, I've drunk tap water since I moved here and, frankly, it's cleaner than my water was back in America. But, as a tourist on holiday, you don't want to take the chance of getting sick so drink bottled water instead. And at less than 14 cents a bottle, it's hardly going to break the bank. You can also safely drink fruit juice, fruit shakes, coffee and tea and herbal drinks on the street - just avoid the ice if you're worried (although, in six years in Thailand I've never become sick from any drink I've had - well beer, but that's a different story....).
5. Stay Away From the Deep South of Thailand - Southern Thailand has had a problem with extremist Muslims for years. Bombs go off weekly and shootings are common place. Visiting places in the south like Hat Yai, Yala or Songkhla isn't recommended, not if you'd rather not in the middle of a bomb blast. The rest of Thailand is amazingly safe, but not the deepest southern regions.
6. Be Careful With Ladies of the Night - There are hundreds of instances every year in Thailand of foreigner men taking a bar girl back to their room only to wake up several hours later with all their money, passport and other valuables, and the girl, gone. The girl has drugged the john, and disappeared with all his loot. Don't accept drinks or food from girls you meet in bars, and don't take them back to your hotel. There are hourly hotels the girls know about that you can use, rather than let her know where you're staying. If you must be a sexpat, at least have some common sense about it.
7. Don't Do Drugs - Seriously, don't do drugs, don't buy drugs, don't go anywhere near drugs in Thailand. Thai anti-drug laws are very strict and there are already hundreds of westerners locked up in Thai jails for a fair few years. This year, Thai police are clamping down even more with huge parties like the Full Moon Parties in Koh Pha Ngan now being the target of police anti-drug squads. One whiff of pot and you could be hauled off for a nice long time.
8. Be Careful of the Elephants - Just about every tourist rides an elephant in Thailand, and so you should, it's fun. Just make sure, to stay safe, you follow exactly what the mahout (trainer/owner) tells you to do, and you should be fine. Be warned though, elephants even when trained are still wild animals, and have been known to suddenly lose it and go charging off into town. Just make sure you're not on the back of one if it happens. Jump.
9. Avoid the Scams - Thailand, like any country, has its scams. If anyone comes up to you being too friendly (unless it's me, and I'm happy to give you directions or help with the sky train!), or offers you something that sounds too good to be true, be wary. Don't go looking at gem stores with tuk-tuk drivers (they're never a good deal, they're always a rip off) and, if you go to the Grand Palace and some helpful Thai tells you it's closed, ignore them, it's not.
10. What to Pack- Bring light, airy clothes; preferably cotton, as Thailand can get unbearably hot. If you’re planning a trip up to Chiang Mai in the north, carry a light sweater or jacket, as it can sometimes get quite chilly in the evenings.
Thailand, and especially larger cities like Bangkok or Chiang Mai have shops selling almost anything you could need- including western medicines, cosmetics, etc, but if you use something hard to find, bring it along with you. And if you’re planning to go off the beaten track, carry along everything you might need- whether you’ll be able to get hold of it in some out-of-the-way village or not, is always a tricky question to answer.
11. Travel Documents-Passport holders of a number of countries- including most of Western Europe, Australasia, North America, West Asia, South East Asia and some countries in Africa- can stay up to 30 days in Thailand without having to apply for a visa, if they’ve come as tourists. If you’re not sure whether you need a visa or not, apply to the local Thai mission in your country (or if there isn’t one, in a neighbouring country); they’ll let you know, and issue one if it’s needed.
Visitors to Thailand can also get visas on arrival at the international airports at Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai and Phuket. If, later, you need an extension of your visa, apply to the Immigration Office.
12. Communicating with People-The language spoken by the bulk of the population in Thailand is Thai; there are some regional and ethnic dialects too, but these are restricted to certain areas. Thai is a difficult language for the average tourist to `pick up’ in a few days’ time, so it is just as well that English too is used by many, at least in areas frequented by tourists. In Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Pattaya and other tourist destinations, most people in the travel and tourism business- whether they’re taxi drivers, hotel porters or shopkeepers- will usually be able to understand (and speak) enough English to make life easier for you. As far as business and commerce is concerned, English is widely used, so business travellers don’t have much cause for worry on that account.
Bangkok Yearly Weather Month Wise
Bangkok has a tropical monsoon climate and the highest average temperature of any city in the world. Temperatures in Bangkok regularly stay well above 30°C throughout the year. The humidity levels also remain high during this period and you can expect short spells of rainy weather, with frequent afternoon showers, monsoons and spells of thunder at times. The climate of Bangkok can be divided into two key parts, wet and dry.
Why Visit Thailand
Thailand is Known throughout the world for its welcoming people, spicy cuisine and outstanding beaches, Thailand offers the complete holiday package. The weather's not bad either, with much of country experiencing a typically tropical climate consisting of two seasons; dry and wet.
The exception to the rule is the southern regions with either side of the Thai and Malay Peninsular experiencing a typically monsoon climate, although to complicate things a little further, the two sides are out of synch with each other. This however does usually mean there is sun to be found on a beach somewhere.
You can visit Thailand throughout the year, however more rural parts become less accessible at the peak of the rainy season and winter weather brings higher sea's which has its baring on those beach days!
Dry Season in Thailand - The Best season to Visit Thailand
The dry season runs from November to May/June, with little if any rain expected throughout the region for much of this time. After the cooler winter months, from mid-January temperatures start to rise, peaking between March and May when it is not unusual for the mercury to break into the high 30’s and even 40 °C + especially in the central regions. These sky-high temperatures can last well into the rainy season, however with the rains comes cloud cover and a rise in the humidity, making travel less comfortable.
The south-west monsoon usually arrives between May and July. Initially the rain usually comes in the form of short downpours, lasting an hour or two, clearing the way for warm, clear skies. As the rainy season progresses, the rain can becomes heavier and more constant, traditionally reaching peak levels in August and September. In the early wet season (June to August) temperatures generally remain high (avg daily temp: 28 °C-34°C), although they drop dramatically in the winter months of October and November.
By November, the rainfall and hot, sticky weather will have decreased significantly, with dry weather returning for the next six months. From October to January, temperatures can be relatively cool, especially in the north of the country at higher altitude (avg daily temp: 17°C -26°C). Throughout the region at this time of year, evenings can be chilly due to the lack of cloud cover and the temperatures relatively low.
Thailand Top Weather Tip Always check on the weather before selecting your beach resort - there is no point getting stuck in the rain Koh Samui whilst Koh Lanta is being bathed in sunshine!
Gulf of Thailand Koh Samui, Koh Phan Ngan, Koh Tao, Hua Hin, Pranburi, Cha Am, Koh Chang
Thailand’s east coast has three defined seasons. From December to February you can expect good weather, with little if any rain, and refreshing winds helping to keep temperatures more moderate. Because of the winds, the sea can be a little ‘dynamic’ creating ideal conditions for water sports enthusiasts. From March, temperatures will start to rise (avg daily temp: 29°C - 35°C), usually reaching peak levels in April and May. Whilst initially rainfall remains unlikely, by June a little rain becomes is expected, usually in the form of an hour-long afternoon downpour, clearing the way for more blue skies and bright sunshine. In late-August/September the monsoon is expected, bringing with it plenty of rainfall and a rise in humidity. Temperatures are still in the 30ºC's however and you can expect sunny spells interspersed with rainy periods. Rainfall usually peaks between October and November.
Andaman Sea Phuket, Krabi, Koh Phi Phi, Khao Lak, Koh Lanta
Thailand’s west coast has three defined seasons. From November to March, many consider conditions to be at their best with a cooling wind keeping the sky-high summer temperatures at bay and making the daytime more comfortable (avg daily temp: 26°C -32°C). Thanks to the breeze, the humidity levels are lower than later in the year. From March through to May the temperatures rise (avg daily temp: 30°C-36°C) as the cooling winds depart and the humidity rises. Come late May, monsoonal weather will usually have arrived, which is expected to last through to October. Peak rainfall levels are usually experienced between mid-September and mid-October. Outside of these months, the rain will often come in a short, heavy downpour, usually in the afternoon.
Autumn Although the temperatures barely vary from month to month, experienced tourists believe October through until February is probably the best time to travel Bangkok. During this time, temperatures are not as high, standing between 25°C and 28°C. Occasional showers and gentle winds can provide a break from the heat. Winter