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““Our trip to Vietnam and Cambodia was superbly organised by JTA Tours. We were met promptly and efficiently by very friendly and helpful guides at each stage of our holiday. Our hotel in Seam Reap, Hoian & Hanoi was lovely. The trips were well organised and in formative. The floating villages were...”
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Thailand TRAVEL GUIDE
Have you come up with the idea of traveling to Thailand , but don’t know how to plan it? The following travel guide may help your idea to go a bit further.
Thailand - the travel hub of South-East Asia is rich in culture and history, filled with golden temples, radiant beaches, cuisine that is adored around the world, and friendly people with a smile. We make traveling to Thailand easy for you! Here we provide practical information and tips to help make your plans easy.
Why should you visit Thailand
A better question would be: Why Thailand is the No.1 destination in Asia for western travelers? In 2017 it attracted 35.38 million visitors compared to 32.59 million in 2016. Most travelers were from USA, UK, Australia and Germany. Here we have 5 reasons why you should make Thailand one of your destinations:
1. Visa-free stay
Thailand welcomes global travelers by offering visa-free stay for 2 weeks or even 3 months to citizens from 58 countries. No wonder Thailand has become one of the easiest destinations to visit!
2. Delicious Thai food
Thai food is known around the world and its cuisine relies on fresh, local ingredients – from the sweet smell of lemongrass, to searing chillies. A variety of mouth-watering dishes have 4 distinct flavors of: spicy, sweet, salty and sour. Food lovers can join a cookery class to learn the simplicity of what seems a complex dish, or can go on a food tour to explore and taste the variety of food and flavors from south to north.
3. Warm weather and exotic beach destinations
Thailand’s tropical climate throughout the year makes it a great place to visit at any time! Diverse culture and stunning natural scenery are the themes of Northern Thailand and the Central Plains. In the south, both Phuket on the western coast and Ko Samui on the eastern coast have exotic beaches to enjoy the amazing sunsets.
4. Ancient religion
Thailand is a Buddhist country and there is a saying that ‘to be Thai is to be Buddhist’. Buddhism is deeply ingrained in their culture and it is important to respect their religious customs and belief when visiting. Travelers can visit stunning golden temples, watch people worship and give alms, or chat with monks. It is important when you visit a temple modest dress is essential or you would be denied entry.
5. Explore nature and wildlife
Thailand has been doing lots of work to preserve the environment. There are over 90 national parks with dozens that protect plants and wildlife. Just a few of these parks are available for travelers, such as the world’s oldest being Khao Sok National Park and Khao Yai National Park for wild elephants.
Though climate varies throughout Thailand, it does not spoil the travel experience whenever travelers visit. The most popular time is between November and February. For the beach destinations, the climate is quite different between western (Phuket/Krabi) and eastern (Koh Samui) coasts. That’s why your time is always the best time to visit when planning your Thailand trip well.
Northern Thailand experiences dry weather between November and May, with it being especially hot between March and May (November to February is much cooler). Between May and November, however, Northern Thailand experiences heavy rainfall brought on by the southwest monsoon.
Southern Thailand receives more rainfall than the north and essentially has three seasons — dry, hot, and wet. These seasons, though, don't run at the same time on both sides of the peninsula. The west coast experiences heavy rainfall and often heavy storms from May through October as a result of the southwest monsoon, while the east coast receives most of its rainfall during September.
Four quick facts
- Most travelers choose to visit Thailand between November and February, resulting in inflated prices when it comes to accommodation and flights.
- The hottest month is April, and the coldest December, the wettest September with an average of 220mm of rainfall.
- Humidity levels are usually quite high and average 75% but can even reach the 90% mark during the monsoon season (July to October).
- Traveling during the off-season is a lot more affordable and quiet.
November to February – cool season and the most popular time
Thailand sees its travel peak season during this time period when it is cool and comfortable to travel throughout Thailand. The northeast monsoon brings cool, refreshing winds that help keep temperatures down. Between December and February, there is little rain in most parts of the country.
Temperatures range from 18ºC to 32ºC (or 64ºF to 88ºF) in Bangkok, and other central and southern parts of Thailand. December is the coolest month of the year and daily temperatures in Northern Thailand can average 21ºC (70ºF) during this time, so do remember to bring some warmer clothes with you
March to April – hot and dry season
Temperatures begin to rise around mid-January, peaking between March and April, and it is not unusual for temperatures to exceed 30ºC (95ºF) in northern Thailand (Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai), or even touch the 40ºC (104ºF) mark in some cities including Bangkok. Daily temperatures in the southern Thailand average 32ºC (90ºF). April is the hottest month of the year.
May to October – wet season
Scorching conditions can last well into the rainy season, resulting in a rise in humidity levels. Temperatures in the northern and central regions of Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai) during the wet season are generally high (average daily temperature is between 28ºC/82ºF and 34ºC/93ºF). The southern part of the country like Phuket and Krabi, experiences temperatures in the mid-30ºC (~90ºF) range as well.
Weather will affect your travel experiences greatly, so it is important to keep your preferences in mind when planning your travels. When is the best time to visit Thailand and how is the weather? This comprehensive weather and climate report on the different regions in Thailand will be your guide.
The biggest factor to keep in mind when making travel plans in Thailand is the country's rainy season. Overall, it rains the most between July and October, and remains mostly dry between November and February. The average monthly temperature in Thailand is 26.8°C or 80.2°F.
- Thailand has three different regions with different weather patterns.
- April is usually the hottest month and the coldest is December.
- The wettest month is September with an average of 250mm of rainfall.
- Humidity levels are usually quite high and average 75% but can even reach the 90% mark during the monsoon season (July to October).
- The wet season in North and central Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai) is from June to August.
- The wet season in the Gulf of Thailand (Koh Samui) is from late August to early November.
- The wet season on Thailand's west coast (Phuket, Khao Lak, Krabi) by the Andaman Sea is from late May to October.
- Most people choose to visit Thailand between November and February.
- Traveling during the off-season (May to October) can be less convenient, but more affordable and quiet.
Regional climate differences
Weather and climate vary significantly in different regions. With Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai being in the northern part, Bangkok in the central part of the country, and Phuket, Koh Samui, and Khao Lak being the southern islands, one might experience different weather conditions even during the same time of year.
The cool season lasts from early December to February. During the day, temperatures max out at 30ºC (86ºF) but bring a jacket or sweatshirt because the temperature drops rapidly after sunset, sometimes to as low as 10ºC (50ºF).
Bangkok can be really hot from March to May. Temperatures may even touch 40ºC (104ºF) in Thailand’s capital city during these three months. These scorching conditions can last well into the rainy season, resulting in a rise in humidity levels as well, thereby making traveling slightly less convenient.
Temperatures during the wet season (June to August) are generally high (average daily temperature is between 28ºC/82ºF and 34ºC/93ºF).
December through February is the best time to visit Phuket, Koh Samui, and Khao Lak. The average temperature during this time is 26ºC or 79ºF. It is bright and sunny— but not unbearably hot — and this is idyllic weather if you plan on spending ample time on the beach.
Temperatures during the monsoon season (late August to early November) are still in the mid-30ºC (~90ºF) range and one can expect sunny spells interspersed with rainy periods. It usually just rains in the afternoons. Rainfall usually peaks during the month of September.
Late November to February is the best time to visit the clear-water beaches of Phuket, Koh Samui, and Khao Lak in the South.
Thailand is one of the most popular destinations of Southeast Asia and has everything to offer. From the stunning temples built all over the country to luxurious islands in the South, from national parks full of vibrant wildlife to amazing world-renowned food.
The country is a mix of modernity and tradition. You will find high-quality accommodation and restaurants in every major city, yet be able to experience the peculiar traditions, like its many Buddhist temples and the ruins of ancient cities, that make Thailand an exceptionally popular tourist spot.
If you love nature, culture, good food, friendly people, and Buddhism - Thailand is the place for you.
1. Ancient and diverse culture
Thai culture has been shaped during the long reigns of Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, Lan Na, and the current Chakri dynasty. During its long history, the country has been influenced by Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia (elements of Khmer architecture are visible in many of the earliest temples), India, and China.
Northern Thailand’s culture shares common ground with the Burmese one, and presents the influence of Lan Na Kingdom (especially in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai).A large majority of Lao-speaking population and an agricultural society characterize the Northeastern area, also known as Isan.
Chiang Mai used to be the capital of the Lan Na Kingdom and nowadays is renowned for its many temples. The most visited and most revered one is Doi Suthep, situated on the top of a high mountain. The perfect spot for amazing pictures.
In the heart of Old City, you will find Wat Chedi Luang, an 80 meter-tall structure that dates to 1385; and Wat Prah Sigh, a picturesque temple representing an extraordinary example of Lan Na architecture.
With the greatest concentration of Thais and the presence of Bangkok, the capital city, this area can be considered the economic, cultural, and political center of the country.
Bangkok, largely influenced by the current Chakri dynasty, is home to two of the most sacred Buddhist temples in the world: Wat Phra Kaew hosts the Emerald Buddha, the symbol of Thailand; and Wat Arun, with its stunning reflection on the river.
Two historical sites you cannot miss are the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya historical parks, that will give you a glance of the past splendor of the kingdoms that ruled Thailand; and Kanchanaburi, characterized by more recent historical spots like the famous Bridge on the River Kwai and the Thai-Burmese Railroad.
Western Seaboard & Upper Andaman Coast
The south of Thailand, close to Malaysia, presents a tropical climate and many fishing communities. The south is full of beaches and stunning islands, perfect for nature lovers.
It borders with Malaysia and is home to most of Thailand’s Muslims. The Islamic influence is strong, and it characterizes the region, distinguishing it from the rest of the country. Near the sea, there are also small communities of chao ley (sea gypsies).
2. Fascinating historical parks
The cities of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai still host the ruins of the past kingdoms who ruled over Thailand for many centuries. What remains of those old big cities is inside the two historical parks, both UNESCO sites, that represent a unique opportunity to take a walk inside Thailand’s glorious past.
Ayutthaya Historical Park
Ayutthaya Historical Park includes many temples and buildings dating back to the 13th century. Its main attractions are Wat Ratchanaburana, built in 1421 and representing one of the finest temples of the city; and Wat Chaiwatthanaram, a royal temple, structured according to the Buddhist view of the world.
Sukhothai Historical Park
Sukhothai Historical Park is amazing as well, with its 193 ruins on a surface of 70 square kilometers. Without doubt, the most impressive temple is Wat Mahathat, founded in 1292. You will also admire the ruins of the royal palace, Noen Prasat, built on a square of 40000sqm and used probably for cremation ceremonies.
3. Perfect beach holiday
Thai islands are rightfully famous all over the world. They have everything you might desire from a paradise on earth: white beaches, crystal water, uncontaminated wildlife.
In Koh Samui you will find the Angthong National Park, an archipelago of 42 islands with jungles, mountains, white-sand beaches, and many wild animals living freely, especially turtles. Scuba divers will be amazed by the coral reef.
Koh Phi Phi
Koh Phi Phi is the most popular island of the Phi Phi group. It is full of different sceneries, like mountains covered in lush green forest and limestone karst formations jutting out of the sea.
Khao Lak is characterized by untouched coastline and isolated beaches. It is near the stunning Phang Nga Bay, with limestone islands and sea caves you can visit with a canoe. Its beaches are quiet and truly beautiful, with luxurious beach-side accommodation available.
4. Intimate experience with wildlife
Nature lovers will be amazed by Thailand and the diversity of its wildlife. The many national parks, from north to south, are the home to dozens of different wild animals. The animals live freely inside the park, and it’s your chance to get a close look.
Taking Care of Elephants
The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, founded in 2014, is an ethical eco-tourism project near Chiang Mai, started by Chiang Mai locals who are concerned about the well-being of elephants.
The sanctuary is home to over 30 rescued elephants. The mission of the sanctuary is to host as many elephants as possible, giving them a good place to live and high quality of life, and to raise awareness about the topic. You’ll get the chance to feed the elephants, walk, play, and bathe with them.
5. Trekking in national parks
The national parks represent a unique opportunity to get in touch with a wild and uncontaminated part of the country, and they are perfect for trekking and wildlife watching.
Khao Yai National Park
The first national park of the country, created in 1962, is Khao Yai National Park. Nowadays it is a popular destination for hikers and mountain lovers, and it offers a wide variety of landscapes, from mountains and grasslands to tropical forests. Leopards, monkeys, and elephants live freely in this amazing park.
Khao Sok National Park
Head to Khao Sok National Park to trek in the oldest evergreen rainforest of the world. This breath-taking park is characterized by limestone mountains, deep valleys, crystal lakes, and hundreds of animals freely roaming around.
Doi Inthanon National Park
The park Doi Inthanon sees one of the highest peaks of the country. Inside the park, you can visit waterfalls, hill tribe villages, and pagodas. It is recommended to rent a car or a motorbike to visit it, since it would be impossible to visit all on foot.
6. Aromatic Thai cuisine
The combination of flavors, temperatures, textures, and cooking methods makes Thai food one of the most appreciated in the world.
You can choose to have a complete meal in a restaurant, maybe near the fascinating setting of the river running through Bangkok; or you can just grab a quick snack from street vendors while you walk through the night markets.
It will be easy to find a good place to eat. The central areas of the major cities offer plenty of welcoming restaurants, ideal to enjoy a good meal with your loved ones.
You will find restaurants specialized in rustic Thai cuisine, using traditional cooking methods, but also more modern places that try to mix tradition and innovation, offering you a new version of world famous dishes.
Food markets in Thailand have permanent stalls spread over large areas. Food is always delicious and inexpensive, and almost every Thai dish is sold in the streets. Popular choices are: stir-fried rice with basil and minced pork, stir-fried gailan, catfish fried with red curry paste, etc.
When visiting the major cities, it will be really easy to find street food at every corner. There are day and night markets, with plenty of vendors and amazing dishes.
7. Extremely affordable and quality service
Traveling around Thailand can be really inexpensive. You can have a complete meal for US$15 per person, and a room in a 4-star hotel comes for about US$90. Transportation is affordable as well. For example, a popular route like Chiang Mai to Phuket costs about US$100 one-way.
From hostels to luxurious hotels, the quality of accommodation varies greatly. Every major city offers dozens of high-quality hotels and resorts, with friendly staff, rooms with plenty of amenities, and a professional service that you will love.
Nationals of most countries are exempt from needing a tourist visa to enter the Kingdom of Thailand.
For others, there remain two ways of obtaining a Thai visa: Applying for a Visa on Arrival (VOA), which is limited to citizens of certain countries, or applying for a Thai visa in your country of residence.
Tourist visa exemption scheme (aka visa waiver stamp)
Passport holders from 57 countries, including the citizens of most European countries, Australia, and the U.S., can enter Thailand for up to 30 days without acquiring a visa beforehand.
Passport holders of the following countries/administrative regions may enter Thailand without a visa:
Papua New Guinea
United Arab Emirates
Citizens of countries which are not mentioned on the above list will receive a 15-day visa
This means you will receive a new visa-exemption each time you enter Thailand. The exemption is granted at most twice in a calendar year when entering overland or via a sea border, but there is no limit when entering by air.
Two Ways of Obtaining a Visa for Thailand
Passport holders from countries that are not eligible for the visa-exemption scheme may apply for a Thai visa by either obtaining a Visa on Arrival (VOA), or by applying for a Thai visa from their country of residence.
Visa on Arrival (VOA)
Some nationalities (more information provided in the tables that follow) are eligible for a Thai Visa on Arrival, which allows a stay of up to 15 days in the country.
VOA is available at the main international airports or at land border crossings and ports. Here is a brief list of airport entry points where a VOA can be issued and processed, as most visitors choose to fly into Thailand:
Key Features and Procedure:
- Bring your passport, and do make sure it's valid for at least 6 months.
- Provide 2 passport photos and fill in a Visa on Arrival application form before reaching immigration.
- Pay a fee of 2,000 Thai Baht.
- You will also be required to present Proof of Onward Travel either at the time of checking in for your flight to Thailand, or at immigration in Thailand. This is a confirmed air ticket out of Thailand or a return flight home within 15 days of arrival (train or bus tickets out of Thailand do NOT count; it must be a flight out of the country).
- You may also be required to show immigration officers that you have travel funds of at least 10,000 Thai Baht if traveling alone (or 20,000 Thai Baht for a family) in cash.
- There are clear signs at the airport (and land and sea crossings) showing travelers where they are required to go to apply for a Visa on Arrival.
Thai Embassy or Consulate
For passport holders from countries not eligible for the visa-exemption scheme or the Visa on Arrival program, or for those wishing to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days, a tourist visa application has to be filed at the Thai Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence.
The following documents are required:
- Passport or travel document with a validity of not less than 6 months
- Filled in visa application form
- One recent 4x6 cm photograph of the applicant, taken within the last 6 months
- Round-trip air ticket or e-ticket (paid in full)
- Proof of financial means (20,000 Thai Baht per person/40,000 Thai Baht per family)
- In addition, applicants are reminded that consular officers reserve the right to request any other documents they deem necessary. A visa fee of US $30 per entry is levied on each application.
Application forms are available on the Royal Thai Embassy website in each visitor's country.
Visa extensions and overstay penalties
Tourist visas, both single and multiple entry, can be extended once for each entry, for a period not exceeding 30 days. Tourists from visa-excempt countries also can get an extension. This requires a filled-in application form and a payment of the extension fee, currently 1900 Thai Baht, to be made at any Immigration Office. This can be done on or before the day the current period of stay expires.
If you exceed the number of days you’re allowed to be in Thailand and overstay, you will be fined 500 Thai Baht per day, with the maximum being 20,000 Thai Baht if you have overstayed for 40 or more days.
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