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Thailand Travel Guide

Pillinger World Travel | Guide to Thailand

 

Known as the land of a thousand smiles, the combination of perfect beaches, bustling cities, amazing food, and friendly people make Thailand one of the most popular destinations in Asia.

Bangkok is the stunningly diverse oriental city that is the capital of Thailand and nestles on the banks of the bustling Chao Phraya River. The city is jammed with people, traffic, neon lit skyscrapers, luxury hotels and over 400 golden temples that offer an oasis of serenity and tranquillity within the chaos of the city.

In contrast, the beaches in Thailand are breathtakingly beautiful, the glittering white beaches fringe the coastline and the paradise Islands that lie off shore amidst the shimmering turquoise waters, offer exquisite hideaways amongst cascading waterfalls, white powder sands and dense coconut plantations. The colourful underwater reef surrounding these stunning islands offers some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world.

 

When to Go

 

Like many destinations, Thailand is vast in area and therefore the weather ranges from area to area, however it does have distinct dry and rainy seasons. Generally, the peak season to visit is during the British winter months (November to March) when there is less rainfall and the temperatures and humidity are a little lower.

April and May are the oppressively humid with temperatures higher, whereas May to October still offers a generous amount of sunshine the chance of rain is much higher.

We recommend visiting in March. The temperature will be slightly cooler than during the summer months, however, you’ll see a lot of sunshine, and you’re very unlikely to see rain.

 

Where to Go

 

Bangkok

The capital city of Thailand is a bustling metropolis located on the banks of the energetic Chao Phraya River, and almost certainly be your first port of call in Thailand.

It is a passionate and spectacular city, with diverse cultures and influences, which helps to make it one of the most interesting places to visit in South East Asia.

Bangkok has all the trappings of a busy commercial hub, from the neon lights of the Khao San Road, to the soaring skyscrapers of the business district, to the intimidatingly cool downtown bars.

However, dotted in between you will find a city rich with historical temples and culture, that offer serenity away from the chaos, with the mesmerising Grand-Palace, built in the 18th century a must-see!

 

Chang Mai

Founded in the 13th century and set in the lush, green mountains of the Chiang Mai Province, the expansive city of Chiang Mai is the country’s second-city behind Bangkok, and is an essential visit for anyone visiting Thailand.

Most renowned for its numerous Buddhist temples (over 300!), many of which date back several hundreds of years, Chiang Mai is a historical and cultural melting pot. That’s not all it has though.

You could take a visit to San Kamphaeng to see local craftsmen make Thailand’s traditional lacquerware and teak wood furniture of a morning, then maybe spend an afternoon in an elephant sanctuary interacting with these incredible creatures.

Finally, let your sights and smells be taken on a journey by the many authentic food stalls offering local delicacies, at the city’s bustling night markets and bazaars. You could then try and recreate these delicacies at one of the many Thai cooking schools and classes in the area!

There really is something for everyone in Chiang Mai!

 

Phuket

Located in the Andaman Sea, Phuket, with a silent ‘h’, or ‘the pearl of the Andaman’, is one of Thailand’s most popular destinations, and for good reason!

Positioned along the crystal clear waters of the Western shore of Thailand, the island is home to numerous luxury resorts and hotels, pampering spas, and authentic quality culinary experiences.

The city of Patong is the biggest in Phuket, and definitely the busiest, with a plethora of nightclubs, bars, discos, and western tourists. However, if an Asian Ibiza isn’t your thing don’t worry, many of the other resorts along the coast offer an array of different experiences, from luxury spas to rich cultural hotspots, to bright white sandy beaches, to laid back vibes.

 

Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park, situated in the south of the country is consistently rated and widely considered to be one of Thailands’ and South East Asia’s finest national parks, offering amazing trekking, camping, wildlife, and landscapes.

Established as a national park in 1980, the park stretches for 250 square miles and is ideally situated on the mainland between Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak and Koh Samui. So spending a few adventure-filled days before you relax at the beach will live long in the memory and is highly recommended.

You can head to Khao Sok with Pillinger with our 4* Bangkok, Elephant Hills & Thai Beach holiday, where you stay for 2 nights at the Elephant Hills Jungle Safari with full board.

 


Fancy visiting this awe-inspiringly beautiful and stunningly diverse country? View our available holidays here, or give the Pillinger Travel experts a call on 01772 337 448 and let us book your dream holiday today.

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