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Best Places to Visit

Thailand offers visitors the best of Southeast Asia. From the mountains and jungles in the north to the most beautiful of tropical beaches in the south, it"s highly unlikely that a visitor will leave Thailand without having had some great travel experiences.

The first stop for Thailand holidays has got to be Bangkok. With its bustling streets jammed to the brim with cars, tuk-tuk (open-air, three-wheeled taxis) and motorbikes, as well as its sprawling markets and vast malls, Bangkok gives visitors a first-hand look into the modern, urban Thai culture.

Heading south from Bangkok, you and millions of other tourists that come to Thailand each year will find the beautiful Thai islands. You can choose to go to the most developed of beach destinations such as Phuket, bordering the Andaman Sea, or Pattaya and Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. Many mid-range to high-end luxury resort hotels are located at these beach destinations.

One popular island destination is Koh Phi Phi. The beaches here were made famous by the film The Beach. You can join the throngs of revellers at Thailand's biggest party, the monthly Full Moon Party, at Koh Pha Ngan. Or if you're looking for a more laid-back island vibe, you can head to Koh Chang in Trat province.

A trip to Thailand is incomplete without a taste of the cultures of the north. Not only do Thai northerners have their own unique identity, but the mountains in northern Thailand are also home to Thailand's hill tribes. First stop in northern Thailand is Chiang Mai, the capital of the region. Here, various activities can be arranged such as jungle trekking, zip lining, elephant riding, game fishing and river rafting.

Go further north and you will find yourself in the Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai province, famous in the old days for its opium trade. This is where the countries of Thailand, Burma (Myanmar) and Laos meet, separated only by the great Mekong River.

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Need to know

Language

Thai is the official language of Thailand. There are many dialects of Thai, with variations in both the north and south of the country. However, it’s Central Thai, the version spoken in Bangkok, which serves as the common language. Signs and maps are mostly bilingual in Thai and English. However, because there isn't a standard for Thai to English transliteration, English spellings of Thai names vary. English is widely spoken by locals working in the tourism industry, although not always very well.

Currency

The official currency is the Thai baht. Most items are priced in multiples of 10, so small change isn’t always necessary. Twenty and 100 baht notes are most useful for small purchases. ATMs are available throughout the country. Thai banks charge foreign cards a 200 baht fee on top of the cardholder's bank charges for withdrawals. Most mid-range to high-end establishments accept credit cards, but it is best to have cash for small shops and markets on package holidays to Thailand.

Visas

Most visitors flying into Thailand, including British nationals, automatically get granted 30 days of travel time and won't need a tourist visa. However, when entering Thailand overland from the neighbouring countries of Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia, most nationals only get a 15-day visa-free stay. A word of warning, entry to Thailand is normally refused if you have a passport which is damaged or has pages missing.

Climate

The climate of Thailand is mainly tropical, with warm weather all year round. During the winter months, from November to February, some cooler weather is experienced in the north, particularly in the mountains where the temperature can dip to 5°C. The same cannot be said of central and southern Thailand, as hot weather prevails for most of the year. March to June is the swelteringly hot season while monsoon rains and storms prevail throughout the months of July to October.

Main Airports

Bangkok is a hub not only for flights to destinations throughout Southeast Asia but also intercontinental flights servicing Europe, the Middle East and the rest of Asia. Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), located about 20 miles east of Bangkok's downtown, is where most flights land. Authorities are slowly reviving Bangkok's older airport, Don Muang (DMK), with more and more airlines scheduled to make it their Bangkok stopover.

Flight Options

Thailand's national carrier serves connections all over the world, including a direct route to London Heathrow. Other airlines service the direct UK to Thailand route. Carriers with hubs in the Middle East are usually cheaper options for those who don’t mind longer times in transit. The total direct flight time from London to Bangkok is around 11 hours.

Travel Advice

As Thailand is a popular travel destination and Bangkok a hub for flight routes in the region and internationally, competition is stiff among airlines. Travellers will be able to find great deals on fares throughout the year. However, it is during the high season of November to February when ticket prices, not to mention hotels rates, go up. It is best to book ahead of time to get a real bargain.

Other Transport Options

If coming from other countries in Southeast Asia and long overland journeys are not an issue, Thailand can be accessed via bus and train. There is a train route connecting Singapore, Malaysia, southern Thailand, Bangkok and Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. This is an especially good option for travellers planning to make a lot of stopovers. Buses are a good option when coming from Laos or Cambodia.

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Feiten

  1. Kitti's varkensneusvleermuis is waarschijnlijk het kleinste zoogdier op aarde en leeft in Thailand.
  2. Bij het jaarlijkse Apenbuffet in de Pra Prang Sam Yot-tempel komen meer dan 600 apen samen om een feestmaal van twee ton te eten, inclusief ijs, dat door de plaatselijke bevolking aan hen wordt aangeboden om ze te bedanken.
  3. De belangrijkste godsdienst in het land is het Boeddhisme, dat wordt aangehangen door ongeveer 95 procent van de bevolking.
  4. Olifantenpolo is een populaire sport en de King's Cup een belangrijk evenement op de sportkalender.

Feiten

  1. Kitti's varkensneusvleermuis is waarschijnlijk het kleinste zoogdier op aarde en leeft in Thailand.
  2. Bij het jaarlijkse Apenbuffet in de Pra Prang Sam Yot-tempel komen meer dan 600 apen samen om een feestmaal van twee ton te eten, inclusief ijs, dat door de plaatselijke bevolking aan hen wordt aangeboden om ze te bedanken.
  3. De belangrijkste godsdienst in het land is het Boeddhisme, dat wordt aangehangen door ongeveer 95 procent van de bevolking.
  4. Olifantenpolo is een populaire sport en de King's Cup een belangrijk evenement op de sportkalender.

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