Best Time to Travel:
The best time to travel to Thailand is between November and February. The rainy season will have died down and the temperature is pretty mild. Lots of festivals happen during this time, as well. Loi Krathong, the lantern festival, happens in November all over Thailand.
Bangkok is one of the world’s top tourist destinations and it’s easy to see why. The city is a mix of old and new world, highlighting all the best qualities that Thailand has to offer. Silom-Surawong-Patpong is a cluster of street markets. Go see a Muay Thai fight while you’re here. The experience is defiantly something you’ll tell your friends about. From day to night, you’ll find everything you need here. Visit the Jim Thompson Museum and see how one man revitalized the Thai silk industry. Bangkok is also home to many royal palaces and Buddhist temples. Wat Arun is one of the most recognizable with its distinctive spires and breathtaking interior. Wat Pho features the largest Buddha image and is home to Thai massage.
Just outside of Bangkok is Ko Samet, a beautiful coastal retreat. Relax on the beach and enjoy the local nightlife. It’s quite lively and locals love spending time there on the weekends.
Be sure to head up north and see the Thung Salaeng Laung National Park. With lush meadows and a hike up to a breathtaking waterfall, this park is a must for the nature lover in you. There are also dozens of species of animals living in the park, including elephants, martens, and warblers.
Another park to keep an eye out fro is the Phanom Rung. With a Hindu temple residing on the rim of an extinct volcano, it’s a sight to see. Made out of sandstone and laterite, the several buildings that make up this site have brilliantly carved figures on the walls.
Phuket, a small island in the southwest part of Thailand highlights the countries beautiful beaches and, of course, festivals. The late fall and winter are usually when these festivals happen, but Phuket is gorgeous all year round. Spend time on one of the many beaches here and dig in to some local favorites like grilled prawns and spicy yellow curry.
Thailand is fairly easy to get around on your own. However, if you’d like to get a more local or historical perspective on the country, hiring a guide is ideal.
Feeling more adventurous? Why not trek through Thailand! Experience this wonderful country in a totally unique way by backpacking though it. Spend time with locals and see the beautiful landscape.
If you want to take a couple extra days in the region and try something more exotic, check out Myanmar! This unique region is host to a slew of interesting things to do and see.