When a country is known as the ‘Land of Smiles’ you know you’re onto a winner before you’ve even set foot on a plane. And smiling is exactly what you’ll do plenty of throughout your visit to the jewel in the crown of South East Asia.
Having been a popular tourist destination for a while now, you’d think all that there is to be uncovered has been, absolutely not. With enough secret, temples to leave you astounded, enough untouched islands to hop to last a lifetime and incredible street food to leave you craving more. Thailand is a recipe for the perfect adventure.
The only problem you’ll have? Narrowing down where to go first.
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Having lived and worked in Thailand my whole life, picking Thailand’s top highlights doesn’t ever get any easier…
1. because I could name hundreds, it’s such a diverse fascinating country, I could talk all day about it.
2. because there’s always something new to discover. I’m always discovering whether it be new trails, new hikes, or just new things to do. This place is always evolving and changing.
As well being full of temples and teeming with history, Chiang Mai is one of the best places to discover Thailand’s true natural beauty and take yourself on an adventure. Due to it being amongst the mountains, there’s loads of hikes and treks you can take, both well known and more secret, but you’re guaranteed to get close to the fascinating array of nature this country boasts.
Although this is Thailand’s biggest island and it is quite well known, there are plenty of secret untouched beaches to explore. Hued waves concealing stunning tropical wildlife is what you’ll see regularly in Phuket and it won’t be a sight you get tired of quickly.
Now, I’m sure you’ve hear of Bangkok and sure you’ve seen it’s sights, whether it be on Instagram or in real life. But this city is so vast and it’s culture so diverse it’s a definite highlight and like Phuket, there’s so much more to explore than the main sights. My main tip would be, to travel about 30 mins outside the city centre to one of the local villages to either Nakhon Pathom or Samut Sakhon, not many travellers head here, they’re great ways to learn about Thai culture and meet the locals.
When is the best time to go?
Although our climate varies, you can visit Thailand all year round and it does depend where you want to go.
The west coast in Thailand is more favourable during the winter months, when diving and snorkelling will be at its best. The weather on the east coast is good for most of the year.
The best time to visit the north would be from June-Oct, due to it being rainy season, the wildlife is much lusher and it’s definitely more green, making the natural beauty EVEN more beautiful.
The ‘best’ and probably most popular time to come to Thailand is between November and February, this is when the weather is at its best. It’s not too hot and there’s hardly any rain.
If lounging around on a beach is your thing, then March-May is a good time to pack your bags as it’s very very hot.
Try the food! – I’ve travelled far and wide, to tons of different countries but I’ve never come across food quite like it is here. My number one tip would be to avoid the main restaurants and seek out local street vendors.
Take the train – taking the train is not only one of the best ways to get around, it’s also one of the most scenic, it’s a great way to see different parts of the country, if you’re strapped for time.
Carry cash – although a lot of hotels and restaurants accept card payments and there are ATM’s widely available, if you head off the beaten track, a lot places deal in cash. So make sure you have enough with you whilst you’re out and about.