Thailand is colorful, gilded, bold, and full of refreshingly friendly locals, so it’s no surprise that this Asian nation is spiking in popularity. Somehow unaffected by Western influences, the country is a gilded example of everything we yearn for in a ‘Far east getaway’.
What to Do:
Mix up your trip by spending a few days in a bustling city as well as along the pristine beaches and temple-filled countryside. If you’re only going to make it to one Thai city, then go big, and go to Bangkok.
Bangkok is large, crowded, and intensely electric; there’s almost a buzz that leads you through its streets with an excited fervor. It delivers a thrilling mix of the old in palaces, temples, and ruins, and the new with gourmet restaurants, exotic shopping, and luxury hotels. Not to mention floating marketplaces that will completely transport you with their unique charm.
Not your typical shopping trip
For a break from the chaos of the city, escape to a luxury seaside resort and be pampered among turquoise waters and unspoiled sands. Or for the culturally adventurous, tour the countryside and go back in time as you explore just a few of the stunning golden temples and towering Buddha statutes that dot the landscape.
If you want to explore some of Thailand’s many magnificent islands, consider taking an intimate cruise on a small ship from the mainland.
Phuket, the largest island, will have the most Western amenities and also the most cosmopolitan glitz coupled with impeccable service. As the home to everything from world-renowned chefs to cutting edge fashion houses, Phuket has become a traveler’s favorite.
When to Go:
Thailand unfortunately has a fairly long rainy or monsoon season which can make travel a little more limiting. Generally lasting from May to October, though it will slightly vary depending on the coasts, the rainy season can damper plans if you’re not prepared for it.
If you can only travel during the rainy season, the islands in the Gulf of Thailand are a good option because they get less rain than the rest of the country, even during the peak of monsoon season.
The months from December to March tend to be the driest and most temperate. However, they are also the most popular, so you may have larger crowds to contend with and costs will likely increase around Christmas.
And if you’re visiting in January be sure to head to the nearest Chinatown (they have them in many Thai cities, Bangkok’s is especially robust) and enjoy the opportunity to join in on the Chinese New Year festivities.
Whenever you go, be sure to explore some of the ornate temples scattered throughout the country
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