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22 Sep

Travel Thailand with these top tips

Travel Thailand with these top tips

Travel Thailand with these top tips!

Transportation

Whilst individuals can choose to travel via trains, coaches or even boats to get from one place to another, taking the plane might be the easier option. Travelling on a budget is always tough, but flying in Thailand is still affordable and less time consuming, giving you the opportunity to make the most of your time there. The two biggest airports in Thailand are located in Bangkok (Suvarnabumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport), so if Bangkok is your first location then you’re in luck as there are a lot to see.

Bangkok

The capital of Thailand, a busy and vibrant city bursting with character and energy. There are plenty of taxis but if you’re looking to channel your inner traveller, Tuk-tuks are there to help you get to where you want to be. Within the area of Bangkok there are endless things to do. If you’re a shopaholic then it’s well worth visiting Siam Paragon Mall, Terminal 21, CentralWorld, EmQuartier and MBK centre. Your bank may not appreciate this, but sometimes ‘you gotta do what you gotta do’. Experience the live Thai boxing at the Rajadamnern stadium, the oldest in Thailand. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Thai boxing. If you’re looking for somewhere that gives you the opportunity to experience the spectacular views of Thailand, the CRU Champagne bar is the place to go. With free entry into the bar, the only associated costs are if you get peckish or thirsty.

Of course, if you plan to visit Bangkok, you most definitely will have Grand Palace, Wat Arun and Wat Pho on your ‘places to go list’. To respect both the culture and traditions in Thailand, it’s appropriate to wear conservative clothing when visiting certain places. Immerse yourself in Thai cuisine and visit is Khao San Road where you can get a taste of Thailand, experience the night life and if you’re feeling extra spontaneous, get a tattoo and what not.

Just outside of central Bangkok (Damnoen Saduak) is the floating market. Specialising in hand-crafted gifts, traditional Thai food and fresh fruits, your shopping experience here will definitely be different to your previous ones and one to remember.

Krabi

In comparrison to Phuket, Krabi is considered to be a more family friendly and slightly less chaotic area, making it the perfect location if you are looking for a relaxing visit to Thailand. There are so many different things you can do whilst staying in Krabi. Home of an ethical elephant sanctuary you’re also able to explore the inland and visit the jungle, caves, waterfalls and embrace the wildlife that surrounds Krabi. If exploring the surrounding islands including Phi Phi islands, Bamboo Island, Poda Island, Koh Loa Lading or Hong Island, there are longtail boats and speedboats available to hire. So take yourelf to these stunning islands and become your own Thailand tour guide. During your time island-hopping there are many opportunities for the whole family, which includes kayaking, snorkelling and scuba diving. You really are amongst the real beauty of Krabi and whilst you’re there, there is no need to worry about shopping; there are variety of souvenir shops and places to eat, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

 

 

Additional Information

Seasons: Thailand has three seasons; summer, winter and the rainy/monsoon season. The hottest months of the year are throughout April and May, where the temperature can go up to 40 °C + during these summer months so make sure you pack enough sun cream! Winter months run from November to February and the temperature is more bearable during these times, making it easier to explore and make your way around Thailand. The Rainy/monsoon season can begin in May until October and it’s pretty self-explanatory.

Ayutthaya

This ancient city is located around 80km north of Bangkok and it is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation World Heritage City. Full of history and beauty, here you are able to see the remains of what used to be the capital of Thailand. So if you’re looking for somewhere a little more educational, Ayutthaya is definitely somewhere to consider.

Festivals:

Chinese New Year Celebration—January or February

Consist of dragon dancers and exploding firecrackers.

 

Songkran Festival– April 13th– 15th

Thai New Year festival, celebrated by having water fights, take place all over the country.

 

Candle Festival (Ubon Ratchathani)– July

Consist of beautiful wax sculptures, the festival is full of culture, art and entertainment

 

Lantern Festival– November

Paper lanterns are released into the sky and floats are released in the river. The festival also consist of fireworks which lights up the sky.

 

Extra places worth a visit:

  • Khao Sok National Park– Surat Thani
  • Khao Yai National Park– Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Erawan Waterfalls- Kanchanaburi
  • Ethical Elephant Sanctuary– various locations including Chiang Mai, Phuket and Phang Nga
  • Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) – Chiang Rai
  • Koh Lipe– Satun
Pia Weeraban
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