In this Thailand travel guide you’ll find articles, reviews and top tips to help you travel Thailand better than anyone else you know.
Get off the beaten track to rural Isaan, get lost in the jungle discovering hidden waterfalls or plan out your next motorbike adventure. We’ve got you sorted.
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Bangkok is the starting place for many people, my home for 4 years, and a must do in this Thailand travel guide.
As they say one night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster right? Many people assume Bangkok is a just an interchange destination, however dig a little deeper and you will discover a diverse culture like nowhere else.
From cycling in an urban oasis to exploring floating markets, train markets and night markets, there is enough here to keep you busy for weeks on end. Be sure to check out my list of the best things to do near Bangkok or click and image below to discover the city like a local.
The reason so many of us travel Thailand is the though of crystal clear waters, white sands and fresh coconuts. The Thai islands.
How many islands are there in Thailand? No one is sure, not even Wikipedia! It is estimated there are over 1,000 islands dotted along the coast and throughout the sea!
So many travelers think the islands are only in the south of Thailand. Don’t be fooled. There is a huge abundance of amazing islands in the provinces of Trat, Trang, Ranong, Rayong, Satun and Surat Thani.
It’s spelled Chiang, not Chang which is the Thai translation for elephant.
While the north of Thailand seems like the sleepy end, there is actually plenty happening up this way. Go jungle trekking, hiking the mountains, discover amazing waterfalls and soak away in a natural hot spring. When you’re done with nature check out the local art scene or the ancient history within the city walls.
These northern destinations such as Chiang Rai are on the must-do list in my ultimate Thailand travel guide.
My definition of Central Thailand is the area surrounding Bangkok in a 300km radius, though not including Bangkok or its close surroundings.
Confused? Lets say it includes the following destinations; Kanchanaburi, Sangkhlaburi, Ayutthaya, Lopburi, Petchaburi and Hua Hin.
All of these destinations are within a few hours reach of Bangkok and can be visited with 2 or more days available. These are ideal if you are only planning a short trip in Thailand or a weekend trip from Bangkok.
Esarn is that huge chunk of eastern Thailand which no one you know has ever traveled too… yet every taxi driver you meet in Bangkok seems to come from there.
Why would you want to this far east in Thailand? Esarn is so culturally different from North, South or Central Thailand that it is more similar to Laos. The food is different, the language is different, and the air is way hotter.
However if you want to experience the real rural Thailand where men think they’re cowboys, Esarn is the place to go.
How much Thailand will cost depends on how you travel. Use the numbers in this Thailand travel guide as a rule of thumb:
Thailand has 2 seasons. Hot (October to March) and Hotter (April to September) which is also considered the rainy season.
Peak Season: November to January can see accommodation prices jump anywhere from double to triple. This is also the nicest time to visit Thailand. The weather is not unbearably hot and there is a low chance of rain. Great for beach days, motorbike adventures and cool weatrher up in the mountains.
Low Season: April to September has a high chance of rain. April has the week long Songkran water festival which marks the start of the wet season and the Thai New Year. May to July are uncomfortably hot months across the entire country, Bangkok swelters with daily average temperatures around 40 degrees Celsius.
The Best Time: Over 4 years of living and travel in Thailand I have found the best time to travel Thailand is during September to early November. This is also commonly referred to as the shoulder season. Accommodation prices are still lower, the temperature starts to cool down and there are not yet loads of tourists at all of the popular destinations.
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