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Thailand
Divine confluence of nature & culture

Thailand is blessed with bountiful nature and rich culture. Its royal palaces and ancient ruins display diverse cultural influences and extraordinary craftsmanship. With its ultramodern cities and ornate temples, the country offers the best of both worlds. Thailand is also home to scenic beaches, valleys and mountains that call for water sports and other adventurous activities. If you are not an adventure person then just lay back on the white sand beaches or explore tropical gardens and rainforests to find peace amidst nature. 


Popular Cities: 

  • Bangkok

  • Phuket

  • Pattaya

  • Chiang Mai 

  • Koh Samui

Countries
Thailand
Climate
The climate of Thailand is mostly tropical wet and dry or savanna type. The best time to visit the country is between November and early April.

  • January — Cool
  • February — Hot
  • March — Hot
  • April — Hot
  • May — Hot
  • June — Wet
  • July — Wet
  • August — Wet
  • September — Wet
  • October — Wet
  • November — Cool
  • December — Cool
Things to do
City Life

Thailand is all about celebrating life and it's clearly visible by the vibrancy of its cities. The Pattaya floating market is one of the top tourist places in Thailand. Here you get to experience how people used to shop in the olden times. You can see locals selling freshest produce in small boats, sericulture in practice, local craftsmen making handicrafts. Besides shopping, you can even get herbal Thai massage. Rubber Land and Buddha Mountain are amazing places to explore in Pattaya. Bangkok is a major hub of fun and nightlife in Thailand. Nightclubs, rooftop lounges and cafes make nightlife in Bangkok ideal. There are several theme parks you can explore besides the historical places in the city. Also, if you want to go on a shopping spree, Bangkok is again an ideal place for you. The city is home to many shopping centers, markets and floating markets. In fact, Chatuchak Market, one of the largest outdoor markets in the world, is situated in Bangkok. Besides shopping and sightseeing, the Dinner cruise in Chao Phraya River is one of the most exotic and unforgettable highlights of the Thailand trip.


Heritage/Historical Places
Adorned with mesmerizing architecture and intricate war details on its walls, the Grand Palace is a spectacular tourist attraction in Bangkok. This majestic palace serves as the Royal Court and administrative seat of the government. If you want to know more about Thai culture, history and architecture you must visit the Bangkok National Museum as it displays a large collection of Thai art and artifacts. Jim Thompson House and Suan Pakkad Museum reflect the rich Thai architecture. It is home to several antiques such as musical instruments, weapons, palanquin, a Thai throne, rare painted pottery and even a gold stitched umbrella. The look-alike wax statues of international celebrities and artists at Madame Tussauds in Bangkok will leave you stunned. The precision of these statues are unmatched and you can take selfies with the statues to make memories of a lifetime. Sukhothai Historical Park is a UNESCO site housing the ruins of the 13th-century Sukhothai Kingdom. These ruins include a combination of 26 temples, examples of stucco statuary, a royal palace and many stupas. Wat Mahathat, Wat si Sawai and Neon Prasar are the prime attractions of this historical park. Ayutthaya is a nearly 400-year-old magnificent settlement surrounded by ancient ruins and temples. A day tour to this ancient treasure is a must for history and culture enthusiasts. Wat Phra Mahathat, the royal Summer Palace, Wat Lokaya Sutha, Wat Phra Si Sanphet are the major highlights of this historic place. The Sanctuary of Truth, locally known as Prasat Sut Ja-Tum, is one of the most iconic edifices in Pattaya. It's an incomplete temple made entirely out of teak wood. The intricately carved wooden structure along with palatial design symbolise rich Thai craftsmanship. Art in Paradise, Phuket Big Buddha, Dusit Palace, Democracy Monument, Royal Barge Museum are some of the other architectural and historically important places in Thailand.
Nature & Adventure

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden is the closest you'll get to nature in Pattaya. The beauty and serene ambience of this garden is indescribable. There is a European Garden, Stonehenge Garden,  French Garden, Succulent Garden, Flower Valley, Variegated Garden, Butterfly Hill, Orchid Garden, all with distinct physical features. Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park is home to freshwater marsh as well as limestone caves, tropical jungle trails, scenic beaches and mangrove swamps. Thung Sam Roi Yot freshwater marsh, Sam Phraya Beach, Phraya Nakhon cave and Khao Daeng Canal are the major highlights of this park.  Phuket Bird Park houses more than 100 species of birds from Asia, South America and Africa. It is a vibrant place surrounded by lush greenery and hilly landscapes. To make it more enjoyable you can attend the bird show displaying the intelligence of these birds. You can even feed some birds and take pictures with them. Khao Yai, located in Hin Tung, is Thailand's third largest and one of the most visited national parks. It's revered to be a haven for wild elephants. This breathtaking park is home to rich flora, fauna, grasslands, mountains and rainforests. However, the Haew Suwat Waterfall is the prime attraction of this park. Trekking and biking is quite famous here given its scenic trails. Mu Ko Chang National Park is a jewel of 50 islands. You can explore its rich flora and fauna, go diving, snorkeling, and kayaking at the beaches. Krabi rainforest is an ideal place to visit for a nature lover. The splendid views, hot springs and the Emerald Pool are enough for you to sit back and relax. Siam Ocean World Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia. It has more than 400 species of fish, crustaceans and even numerous penguins. Besides witnessing, this wonder you can even partake in feeding the sharks and penguins. 


Islands

Phi Phi Islands feature pristine beaches with crystal blue waters that call for long-tail boat ride, swimming, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving. It is an archipelago of just six islands. With its vibrant atmosphere and crazy gatherings this place is ideal for partiers. Koh Larn island off the coast of Pattaya offers amazing views of the coral reefs. It's also a prime destination for windsurfing and parasailing. Situated in southern Thailand, Krabi Island is one of the major tourist attractions in the country. It is covered with beautiful beaches, caves, lush green forests, limestone rocks, mangrove swamps and waterfalls.The hilltops offer spectacular views of the town, Limestone Mountains, and the Andaman Sea. There is something memorable for everyone here. Be it climbing mountains or scuba diving in the beaches, Krabi Island is filled with adventurous activities and boundless tranquility. Koh Tao, also known as Turtle Island offers tons of activities to keep you entertained. You can go shopping, hiking, scuba diving, sightseeing or just lay back and enjoy its tranquil ambience. Similan Islands in Phang Nga is one of the best dive areas in Thailand. You can explore the underwater beauty of the coral reefs and make memories that will stay with you for a long time. Owing to its translucent waters sailing and swimming is also quite famous here. Koh Samet, Koh Chang, Koh Kood, Koh Lipe, Koh Samui, James Bond Island, Raya Island are some of the other exotic islands in Thailand. 


Beaches

Jomtien Beach is one of the quieter beaches in Thailand. You can enjoy sunbathing for hours, make sandcastles, stroll along the stretch of the beach in the peaceful ambience. The sunset view is breathtaking and worth the wait. Railay Beach also known as Phra Nang Beach is quite secluded compared to the other beaches in Krabi. But that is advantageous for peace seekers. With the beautiful seashore, tranquil waves and white sands along with lagoons, caves and cliffs, Railay Beach is an ideal place to recharge your soul and spirit. Freedom Beach in Phuket has shallow waters at both of its ends offering beautiful underwear flora and fauna. You can try snorkeling or make the most of your time here playing Beach soccer or volleyball. Patong Beach is one of the most happening beaches in Phuket. With scores of restaurants, nightclubs, bars, and cabarets Patong Beach is the most vibrant place which comes with splendid views. Besides nightlife, you can even enjoy snorkeling, jet skiing and scuba diving. Nai Harn Beach, Kata Noi Beach, Hat Sai Kaew Beach, Koh Samet Beach, Karon Beach are a few other famous beaches in Thailand. 


Wildlife
Safari World, located in Khlong Sam Wa, is a drive-in zoological park. The zoo is divided into two sections. The first part houses a variety of animals such as lions, tigers, deer, zebras, giraffes etc in their natural habitat. The second is a Marine Park famous for its dolphin show. Visiting this Safari World would be the most enthralling experience you'll have on your trip. Another famous aquarium in Thailand is the Underwater World in Pattaya. Its modern infrastructure and visibly outstanding marine conservation makes this aquarium one of a kind. Sriracha Tiger Zoo, Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Pattaya, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Phuket, Dusit Zoo in Bangkok, Doi Inthanon National Park in Chiang Mai, Ang Thong National Park in Koh Samui, Lam Nam Kok National Park in Chiang Rai for trekking. Pattaya Dolphin World is a great place of entertainment for kids and adults alike. It houses the exotic Pink Dolphins which are extremely playful and friendly. You can enjoy their antics and different tricks at the Dolphin Shows held at least 4 times a day. You can also indulge in adventurous activities such as ATV riding, rock climbing and simulated gun shooting. 
Places of Worship

Thailand is filled with magnificent Buddhist temples with their architecture displaying the richness of Thai craftsmanship. Temple of Emerald Buddha, locally known as Wat Phra Kaew, is located within the grounds of the Grand Palace. It's believed that the Buddha, clad in gold, dates back to the 15th century. It is one of the most important temples in Thailand. Wat Arun, rising above the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, looks magical when it's lit up against the night sky and morning sun. This iconic temple is one of the most beautiful landmarks in Thailand that you must visit. The White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), situated near Chiang Mai, leaves the beholder spellbound owing to its majestic white colored structure. Wat Pho is one of the most spiritual and famous places in Bangkok. It hosts one of the largest reclining Buddha in the city. It's adorned with numerous images of Buddha. Wat Mahathat, located in Sukhothai Historical Park, is the park's most important and beautiful temple. Some 168 sculptings of Buddhist disciples with their hands clasped decorate the base of the main stupa. Tiger Cave Temple is one of the famous temples in Krabi. It's popular because of the mystical tiger paw prints on the cave walls. Also, the magnificent architecture of this temple will leave you stunned. Wat Suthat, Wat Tham Sua, Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew are some of the other famous temples in Thailand. 


How to spend time / how long will it take?
You can cover a major chunk of Thailand in 7 to 8 days. Starting off in Bangkok, spend two days exploring the heritage sites, Chao Phraya River cruise, visit temples, theme parks, markets and enjoy nightlife. You can take a day tour to Ayutthaya Historical Park. From here visit Pattaya, exploring the temples, botanical gardens, marine life and beaches for two days. Moving downwards, spend a day in Phuket and make a day trip to Krabi. From here you can take a ferry to Phi Phi Islands. Both Krabi and Phi Phi Islands are a treasure trove of beaches and water sports. So, sit-back and enjoy the landscapes away from bustling cities and chaos.
Cuisine
  • Thai cuisine is world famous and is rightly so. The dishes are lightly prepared with strong aromatic components and a spicy edge. Some of the most popular dishes include Guay Teow (Noodles soup), Som Tam (Spicy green papaya salad), Pad Thai (Thai style fried noodles), Khao Pad (Fried Rice), Tom Gha Gai (Chicken in Coconut soup), Thai Green Chicken Curry and many others. The street food is also extremely flavorful and authentic. Some of the famous street food items include Roti Gluay (Fried Banana Pancake), Kuay Teow Reua (Thai Boat Noodles), Kabob Jeeb(Thai Steamed Dumplings), Deep fried insects, Khanom Bueang (Thai Crepes), among others.
Costs
  • While meal prices in Thailand can vary, the average cost of food in Thailand is 150 baht (USD 4.56) per meal.
Visa
  • Indians can get Visa on arrival
  • Other nationalities may or may not require a Visa
Season to Visit
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 7 - 08 days

Known For
  • Buddhist Temples
  • Phi Phi Island
  • Krabi Island
  • Floating Market
  • Night Life
  • Street Food
  • Shopping
  • Tuk Tuk Ride
Areas to Visit
  • Phi Phi Islands and Krabi for beaches & resorts
  • Nightlife, temples and markets in Bangkok
  • Pattaya for floating market and biodiversity
  • Sukhothai Historical Park & Ayutthaya for ancient ruins, temples, history & culture

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