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Thailand is known for its dreamy paradise which has a great cultural heritage and is a major tourist spot. It is a gateway to South Asia. The country has various places to visit in Thailand and gifts of nature like exotic beaches and beautiful coral reefs. Thailand tourism offers a visit to historic spots like Buddhist monasteries. The place is also famous for floating markets and mouth-watering food. The country has places like Chiang Mai and Chuang Rai for those looking forward to a peaceful time.  Whereas, towards the south there are exotic tropical beaches like Phuket Krabi & Koh Samui. Hua Hin is popular for luxurious resorts in the west. On the eastern end, there is a historical site known as Ubon Ratchathani for those looking for a spiritual getaway. There are umpteen things to do in Thailand. Let's take a look at the weather, dishes and some of the famous places to visit in Thailand. This Thailand travel guide will help you in creating a memorable trip to the country.

Weather in Thailand

Before visiting any place it is essential to know about the weather. The best time to visit Thailand is from November to February when the weather is at its best. In the northern part of Thailand, there is a dry season from November to May. During June to October, heavy rainfall is expected hence during this time so it is not advised to travel in the north of Thailand. Between October & January there is winter season. So the best time for Northern Thailand tourism is from November to May.

ln the southern part of Thailand, the West-South, experiences heavy rainfall between April and October. The East-South experiences heavy rainfall from September to December. In the rest of the months, the weather is dry & sunny hence ideal for travelling.

In the wet season average temperature is 28°C-34°C. The temperature remains 17°C-26°C in the cool season. The summer temperature range is around 30°C-36°C° with high humidity.

Food & Beverages - Thailand Tourism

Thailand is quite famous for its mouthwatering Thai food. There are many dishes with rice or noodles. There are also some deserts which contain rice. Pad Thai is a national dish in Thailand and the cheapest dish available. The delicious meal has fried noodles, bean sprouts in soy (egg for non-vegetarians). It is topped with various vegetables and ground peanuts. Spring Rolls contain noodles and shredded vegetables in pastry. It is served with sweet or sour sauce. The mouthwatering spring rolls are a must try. Pad See Ew is also a noodle dish but has more vegetables and a very strong flavor.

Some of the vegetarian dishes available are Tao Hoo Song Kreung (Mixed Tofu)- tofu fried with basil cooked to perfection served with a steaming plate of rice. Other vegetarian recipes are Pak Boong (Morning Glory), Pad Thai (Thai Stir-Fried Noodles), Som Tum (Papaya Salad) and Gang Jay.

For the desserts Mango Sticky Rice is a very tasty desert. The dish is sweet sticky rice served with coconut ice cream and fresh mango. It is a perfect dish to finish the meal

There are various Thai Curries available in Thailand. These are Panang Curry, Red Curry, and Yellow Curry. Other foods which are worth trying are fresh smoothies available at food stalls and Thai street food. Some of the drinks available are Mekhong, Sam Song, Cha Yen,  Singha and Chang. There are various restaurants in Thailand which offer cuisines like Indian, Italian, Spanish or Chinese cuisines are also available.

Means of travelling

There are various modes of travelling available to commute to different places to visit in Thailand. They are:-

Rail Transport - It is a long distance covering means of transport. There are daily commuter trains running from the outskirts of the city and the main cities. There are intercity trains, express trains and toy trains available for different travels.

Road Transport - Thailand has 3.9 lakh km of highways. It has rental cars, buses, motorcycles, cycling, tuk-tuks or the auto rickshaws and other vehicles. There are also footpaths for walking.

Airports - Thailand has 103 airports, the busiest being Suvarnabhumi Airport. There are 11 major international airports.

Water transport - Thailand has various ferries, boat service and motorboats.

Thailand Resorts and Hotels with Restaurants

Some of the best and affordable Thailand resorts & hotels with restaurants in Thailand are:-

SWISSOTEL SUITES PHUKET KAMALA BEACH - A beautiful & amazing resort located in Phuket. It is located near KAMALA Beach

Woraburi Pattaya Resort - The resort is an ideal spot for travellers. It is a 1.2 hour travel from the Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Mac-Boutique-Suites, Bangkok - is a beautiful place located in Bangkok.

Places to Visit in Thailand

This Thailand travel guide tells about top six places to travel when in Thailand. Let's look at some of the best places to visit in Thailand:-

*Bangkok

The capital city of Thailand is always glittering with lights. Bangkok is always packed with people. It is famous for its tourist attractions, religious places, natural beauty, and nightlife. The city is God's abode for shoppers as it has some of the best markets in the world. There are various shopping centres, street bazaars, luxury malls, and floating markets. There is a great mix of the modern world and the contemporary world as it has soaring high skyscrapers in harmony with the majestic temples and monasteries.

The nightlife of Bangkok is very famous. The never sleeping city has flashy nightclubs, go-go bars, rooftop bars and neon lights. On the other hand, there are sip-smacking Thai cuisines available in the restaurants and streets. The city also hosts cabaret shows, dance exhibitions, Muay Thai and cultural walking tours. It also has historical places like the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho. Those having a creative eye can also go to Art in Paradise and Sea Life Ocean World. 

Top places to visit during Thailand tourism: The famous places to visit in Bangkok are Khao San Road, Chatuchak Market,Wat Pho Bangkok, Grand Palace, Wat Arun and Terminal 21.

How to reach?

Bangkok has Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Muang Airport. Suvarnabhumi International Airport has international flights available from various countries. There are Visa-on-arrival available at the Suvarnabhumi.

Best time to visit is from : Late November to Mid January.

*Pattaya

Pattaya is the party hub of Thailand. It is a coastal city situated in the Gulf of Thailand. You can enjoy various water sports like snorkeling in the beaches of Pattaya. The city has lots of restaurants, souvenir shops and cafes. Pattaya is ideal for couples, friends or families. It is essentially known for its nightlife. The streets of the city have characteristic bright lights, open bars and go-go bars. There are popular Cabaret shows like Alcazar and Tiffany's Show.

There are a plethora of opportunities available for the tourists like theme parks, zoos, botanical gardens, temples, water sports and markets which have a relaxing tropical setting. The beaches of Pattaya are also known for its serene and beautiful beaches, clear blue sky and swaying palm groves. The raw beauty of nature, thrilling water sports, exciting nightlife,  shopping experience and exotic beaches will make anyone fall in love with Pattaya. It has a variety of options for families, friends and couples. Pattaya offers an unrelenting combination of the crazy and the calm.

Top places to visit during Thailand tourism are: The famous places in Pattaya are the Walking Street, Sanctuary of Truth, Pattaya Beach, Jomtien Beach, Tiffany's Cabaret Show and Pattaya Night Bazaar.

How to reach?

The Pattaya is located 120 kms from the international airport and nearest air base U-Tapao 30 kms from the south of Pattaya. The travel by a bus or a car from the air base is a 30 min journey. Or if travelling by a train from Hua Lamphong Station is a three hour journey.

Best time to visit: November to June.

*Phuket

Phuket is the largest island of Thailand and is listed among the infamous places to visit in Thailand. Phuket is known for its golden beaches, upbeat markets, offshore islands, high octane nightlife and enthralling watersports. It has beaches like Surun and Kata for families and people with an eccentric taste. For people who like loud and crazy parties, the Patong beach is for them. Bangla road is a famous tourist spot filled with bars, street food and ping pong shows. The Phuket comes alive during the night. It has something to offer for everyone. There are cabaret shows and street markets for those who don't like dizzying lights and alcohol.

Phuket is not all about swankiness or glitz but also about traditional activities and adventures too. At the Phi Phi islands and Similan islands water sports like snorkeling and scuba diving can be done. Similan Islands can be visited by speedboats. Phuket also has natural beauty sprinkled around. There are elephant sanctuaries and national parks like Sirinat National Park and Khao Phra Thaeo National Park. For a more scenic beach experience one can visit Rawai and Karon beach which are less crowded. The town has chinese and Portuguese influence in its cooking styles. Phuket caters to travellers of different interests. It is a heaven for tourists as it offers a plethora of activities.

Top places to visit during Thailand tourism are: Patong Beach, Bangla Road, Big Buddha, Kata Noi Beach, Phuket Weekend Night Market and Karon View Point

How to reach?

Phuket has its own international airport. There are various mini bus services, taxis and bus services available from the airport.

Best time to visit: November to February.

*Krabi

Krabi is Thailand's oldest province. You can see traditional as well as modern culture here. It has bustling cities and quiet locals. Krabi has a lot of guesthouses, souvenirs shops and travel operators. At the first sight, Krabi can be overwhelming but it has a soothing quietness beneath the surface. Krabi also has a popular beach destination. It is not as popular as Bangkok or Phuket so it is an ideal destination for those who like less crowded places. The Krabi has a charming atmosphere.

Top Places to visit during Thailand tourism are : Railay Beach, Tiger Cave Temple, Phi Phi Islands, Krabi Town, Hong Island and Ao Nang Beach.

How to reach?

The Krabi International Airport is situated 10 kms from the city. For those renting a car, Krabi lies on Highway 4. Krabi is not directly connected by train. You can also reach Krabi by songathews or mini trucks and ferry services.

Best time to visit: November to April.

*Phi Phi Islands

Phi Phi islands is a group of six islands and are 40 kms from Phuket. The Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh are two of the most famous and largest islands. The islands are known for their vibrant parties and pristine waters. The four other islands are known as Bamboo Island. Phi Phi islands has the picturesque beaches with white sand, forests, clear blue water and striking cliffs. Phi Phi islands have the most beautiful landscapes.

Top places to visit during Thailand tourism are: Phi Phi Viewpoint, Koh Phi Phi Leh,  Bamboo Island, Viking Cave and Tonsai Tower Rock Climbing.

How to reach?

From Phuket or Krabi, Phi Phi islands can be reached by a speedboat in 45 minutes or by a ferry in 90 minutes.

Best time to visit is: All round the year.

*Ko Pha Ngan

Last but not the least is Ko Pha Ngan. The island is located in Chumphon Archipelago, between Kon Samui and Koh Tao island. The island is very famous for its full moon parties. This island is also perfect for those looking for a peaceful stay and serene bays. There are lots of coconut trees and white sand beaches. There is a vast coconut industry on the island. It has various adventure activities like diving, kite boarding and scenic waterfalls.

Top places to visit during Thailand tourism are: Full moon party, Thong Sala Night Market, Yang Na Nai Tree and Wat Pho.

How to reach?

There is Chumphon International airport and Koh Samui International airport near the island. From the airport ferry services are available to reach the island.

Best time to visit is from: June to September & December to February.

The Final word

Thailand every year hosts a variety of tourists due to the plentiful of places to visit in Thailand. The country is a place where a person feels they belong to. There are lots of things to do in Thailand. From the exciting nightlife to the heart-throbbing adventures, the peaceful nights and the full moon parties excites and overwhelms a tourist. Whether with family or friends or alone, Thailand never lets any traveller get bored. It is bound to create memories that will last for a lifetime. So go explore different places to visit in Thailand!

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