An island famous for its stunningly picturesque, white sandy beaches, exquisitely constructed temples, bustling marketplaces, scrumptious street food and a profoundly powerful cultural heritage, Thailand is brimming with exhilarating adventures.
It is one of the rare destinations that has something to offer to every traveler, whether you seek underwater adventures or beach bumming, or you simply want to bask in the historical and cultural appeal of the island. Thailand is also famous for its exciting nightlife and beach side parties, and needless to say, it is one of the best destinations to explore Southeast Asia. Thailand is also one of the best places in the world to enjoy scuba diving, and a wide range of other water sports. If you are a passionate adventurer you can hike through the mountains, or even explore the jungle treks surrounding Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
The Khao Sok National Park, tucked away in Southern Thailand, is one of the most picturesque national parks of Thailand. The Park is brimming with extensive camping, trekking and hiking adventures, and the scenic lake and rivers allow you to indulge in water sports and fishing. The Khao Sok is famous for its spectacular sunsets, adventurous hike and an exalting wild life beauty that you can explore while walking across the beautifully erected pathways.
The seat of power of the Kingdom of Lanna, Chiang Mai welcomes you to explore unparalleled serenity and a blissful environment that will have you reveling in peace. This incredibly relaxing destination is brimming with tons of adventure, and it stands proud as the most popular cultural hub in the country. Located in Northern Island, Chiang Mai is famous for its stunning beaches, bustling marketplaces, stunning hikes and an exalting natural beauty that will rejuvenate your senses.
The scenic beauty of Railay is incredibly dramatic and rewarding, from the whimsical limestone formations of Kradi, to be Andaman gym for rock-climbing enthusiasts. This region is home to some of the most stunning beaches and jungles of Thailand, and it offers an abundance of opportunities for hiking, trekking, water sports and much more.
Located in Isaan, the Khmer temples are one of the most spellbinding architectural attractions of Thailand, and as you head out to explore this route, you to get feast your eyes on all the ancient roads that join the ancient village of Angkor with other valleys.
As you travel across the ancient highway, be sure to visit the scenic village of Phimai. The Khmer temples will take you deep into the beautiful Buriram province, and while the Muang Tum temple is located on the base of the hill, you will have to brave a steep hike to visit the Phanom Rung temple resting atop the hill.
Thai cuisine is one of the most exciting, world-famous cuisines, and travelers find themselves captivated with the rich aroma, spicy tinges and scrumptious assortment of seafood and meat varieties. Food is indeed one of the most enriching and indulgent experience in Thailand, and we strongly recommend you to stick to traditional treats and street food.
Thai food is extremely difficult to resist as it is rich with flavors, herbs and spices. We strongly recommend you to experiment with a variety of Pad Thais, Tom Yum Goong-a savory soup that is laden with spices, Phat Kaphrao-stir-fried meat seasoned with herbs and chilies, and Gaeng Keow Wan Gai-a traditional green chicken curry.
Thailand is the party central of Southeast Asia, and from the streets of Bangkok to the full moon parties on the islands of Phuket, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, there is an abundance of opportunities to dance the night away. Bangkok also enjoys a vibrant LGBT community with many nightlife options to chose from.
Other than partying and island hopping,
Thailand is brimming with cheap accommodations, hostel rooms, bed, and breakfast, camping sites, guest room sharing, dorms and much more. The island is also home to some of the finest, most luxurious five star hotels and resorts. A private room should cost you around $10-15m while crashing in a dorm will cost you around $6 per day. Mid-range accommodations tend to cost around $20-30, and if you really want to splurge on luxury, be prepared to pay at least $40 or more per night.
Thailand welcomes travelers all around the year, however, if you intend to enjoy the coastlines of the island and soak up the sun on the beaches, it is highly recommended to avoid the monsoon season. The ideal time to visit Thailand is from December and March. The months from May until October are excessively rainy, while the months from March until May will expose you to the scorching Southeast Asian sun.
The months November to February are cool and breezy. If you are planning your visit during the months of March and April, we urge you to reconsider the timing because this is the crop burning season, and travelers often complain of pollution and unpleasantness, especially while traveling across Northern Thailand.
You can arrive in Thailand by air after from most major American cities. Most west coast flights will connect in Hong Kong or Seoul, with most flights from the east coast connecting in cities like Frankfurt, London or Amsterdam. If you are up for an adventure and are touring the rest of Asia, another off the beaten path approach would be to take a road trip that will introduce you to some of the most scenic sites of Asia, by traveling across the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral Highway.
Thailand has a very efficient and luxurious transportation system, which makes it incredibly easy and enjoyable for travelers to travel from one place to another. You can hop across the Thai islands and cities by travelling on trains, bus and boats, and majority of the travelers end up hiring vespas and scooters to enjoy road trips across the stunning scenery of Thailand.
You can enjoy an intensely rewarding experience in Thailand while traveling on budget, and it should take you around $30-35 a day to cover your meals, accommodation, and your recreational activities. Accommodation and recreation tends to be the most expensive in Thailand, but you can always drive down your budget and stick to cheaper resources.
Food is extremely cheap across the island, and if you limit yourself to street food, you will find yourself dining on the most delicious meals, such as Pad Thai, for as cheap as $1. If you want to dine in a fine restaurant, it should cost you around $10-15.
If you decide to go away, book your hotel, flights and activities through our trip concierge for discounts and benefits. We offer free upgrades, free breakfasts, free hotel credit and VIP gifts at many luxury hotels for the same price as the hotel’s own websites. (Book direct and you don’t get these benefits so why would you?). Our packaged vacation prices tend to be considerably cheaper than flight and hotel prices available online.