In this Thailand travel guide, you’ll find articles, reviews and top tips to help you travel Thailand better than anyone else you know.
After you decide where to go make sure you check out our FAQs and other tips on how to Thailand better, further and more uniquely. A few things you will find out:
Firstly, check out what season you plan to visit Thailand. It is important to understand that Thailand has a wet season (monsoon season). It is still a beautiful time of the year to visit Thailand, however, be prepared for more rain than you have ever seen before.
Bangkok is the entry point for most who come to travel Thailand or South East Asia for that matter.
The problem is that so many people come to Bangkok as a transit destination. That means they arrive and leave before giving this awesome city a chance. I was once guilty of this, but then I lived in Bangkok for four years and damn have I got something to show you!
Bangkok is a huge city with a wide range of markets, outdoor activities, great bars, some of the most amazing food you will find in the world, and a very diverse culture.
One of the iconic things to do while traveling in Thailand is to visit a market. The best place to do this is in Bangkok!
Check out these markets in and around Bangkok:
When you are finished exploring markets, it is time to head to the islands, but you don’t have to go far. Most travelers don’t know this, but there are actually islands right in the city of Bangkok!
Be sure to head to one of two islands right in Bangkok!
After you’ve explored the city by day, be sure to stop by one of my favorite live music bars in Bangkok. There is a huge range of bars in Bangkok where you can relax with cheap drinks, tasty food, and some great live music. Don’t miss out!
The reason so many of us travel Thailand is the thought of crystal clear waters, white sands, and fresh coconuts. This is the life of 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; Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Koh Samui, and Phuket. Don’t be fooled. There is actually a huge abundance of amazing islands in the provinces of Trat, Trang, Ranong, Rayong, Satun and Surat Thani.
Here is my huge selection of the Thai islands. You must visit at least one of these while you travel Thailand:
While Northern Thailand seems like the sleepy end of the country, there is actually plenty happening this way.
Travel to the North of Thailand to 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.
I hear so many people traveling Thailand only giving the north a few days, it really deserves a lot more than that. You should allow one week to see two to three of the destinations listed out below. If you cram any more, you are just rushing it.
Here are some places that I recommend traveling to in Northern Thailand
What is Central Thailand? Nothing really. This is a term I am loosely giving to an area surrounding Bangkok in a 300km radius.
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.
It is surprisingly easy to visit ancient temples, go jungle trekking to waterfalls and relax on amazing beaches within just a few hours reach from Bangkok. So if you only have a few days to travel Thailand, you don’t have to go flying all over the country.
My top places to travel in Thailand near to Bangkok:
Esarn is that huge chunk of eastern Thailand which no one you know has ever traveled too… Actually, only 1% of travelers to Thailand actually visit Isaan.
Why travel 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 weather is way hotter.
Out in Isaan, there are no islands or beaches. Instead, there are sprawling rice fields, cowboy farmers, and some of the best food you will find in all of Thailand.
If you want to experience the real rural Thailand and get really off the beaten track, Isaan is the place to go.
Places to visit in Isaan include:
So now you know where to travel in Thailand. Let’s talk a bit about the other essentials. Everyone wants to know how much it costs to travel Thailand. So often the question is asked, “How much should I save for two weeks in Thailand?”
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 weather 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 from 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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