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Thailand Travel Guide

There’s something special about Thailand, and the magic of this Southeast Asian nation can only be experienced first hand – the inviting, friendly atmosphere will have you mesmerized within moments. Your first pad thai (not from your local takeaway shop) will please your taste buds, and your first tuk-tuk ride may frighten you – but it’s all part of the grand adventure that is Thailand.

The Highlights

The Basics

When to Visit

when to visit
  1. Peak Season

    November to March

    Most of the country enjoys a dry season from December through March, making it an ideal time to travel. Due to the timing of Western Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Thailand will be incredibly busy over this period, meaning accommodation will be more expensive and likely to be booked out in advance. Temperatures will reach an average high of 35°C in Bangkok and surrounding areas. Notable festivals include the Chiang Mai Flower Festival in February along with monthly Full Moon parties.

  2. Low Season

    July to October

    While Thailand boasts consistently warm temperatures year round, it does suffer from monsoons that occur, in short, intense bursts and may cause some islands to shut down. Visitors travelling to Thailand during this time will enjoy fewer crowds and might benefit from lower flight or hotel prices. During the low season, you can enjoy the Ubon Ratchathani Khao Phansa celebrations in addition to smaller festivals across the country.  

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FAQs about Thailand

  • Do you tip in Thailand?

    There isn’t much of a formal tipping culture in Thailand, however, it is always appreciated. In all restaurants, it is customary to leave behind any loose change in coins as a tip, and at least 30-60 baht is reasonable.
  • What is the internet access like?

    Due to a large number of tourists in Thailand, WiFi is available in many cafes, hostels and hotels for free, but outside urban areas, this is not as common or may suffer from a poor connection.
  • Is the tap water safe to drink?

    Avoid all tap water in Thailand and instead, stick to bottled water or use water purification tablets. As for ice, there are a number of ice factories that use purified water and avoid washing fruit in tap water.
  • Can I use my credit cards?

    Yes, credit cards are widely accepted throughout Thailand. Please check with your bank about any foreign transaction charges.
  • What are the public holidays?

    Thailand celebrates Makha Bucha March 1, Chakri Day on April 6 and Songkran on April 13-17, Labour Day May 1, and Constitution Day October 23.
  • What are the toilets like?

    Asian-style squat toilets are becoming less of the norm in Thailand, however, you will still need to be prepared to squat. The Western-style toilet is becoming more prevalent, especially where foreign tourists can be found, and it’s always a good idea to carry spare toilet paper with you. 
  • Is Thailand safe for women to travel solo?

    Thailand is an incredibly popular destination for first-time travellers, especially for women, however, the usual travel precautions still need to be adhered to. This includes avoiding walking home at night and to always keep an eye on your belongings.
  • Is Thailand safe for families?

    Thailand is a family-friendly country and there are many water-based activities to keep children entertained along with other cultural experiences including nature walks, child-friendly market experiences and traditional cultural shows.
A TRAVEL MAGAZINE BY TOURRADAR

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