Thailand, the Land of Golden Temples, is a country on the southeast coast of Asia. It is rich with culture, natural beauty, and great food.
Without exaggeration – everything: pristine beaches on the islands and the frenzy of discos, ancient temples, and a stunning underwater world. A fair amount of travel experience and the well-deserved reputation of the most popular destination in Southeast Asia make themselves felt: almost everything that can be done or shown to tourists in Thailand for money is done and shown there.
On the one hand, it’s cool: the country has a wide variety of leisure options with benefit and pleasure, from sex tours and round-the-clock “frenzy” in local bars and discos to diving on the islands and seeking enlightenment in ancient temples.
On the other hand, Thailand, where everything tourist has long ago been put on stream and on a solid commercial basis, can hardly be called exotic. However, despite the seeming massiveness and openness of the direction, there is still exoticism in Thailand. It’s just that it is not always available to those who come on a tour.
Thailand has a great selection of beaches for visitors to enjoy, from the beautiful beaches of Ko Chang to the party beach of Pattaya.
There are two main types of climate in the country – tropical savannah climate and tropical monsoon. The climate of the central part of Thailand can be divided into three seasons: hot – from March to May, the temperature reaches +42 ° C; rainy – from June to October, temperature +26 … + 32 ° C, and cool – from November to February, temperature +18 … + 32 ° C. In the north of the country, it is cool in winter, and even cold at night, so it is worth taking warm clothes with you. In the south, it is very humid from March to November, it is better to go there from February to March.
There is no single rainy season in Thailand. In August it floods Phuket, in November – Samui. However, you should not be afraid of the monsoon period in the resorts: tropical showers last up to half an hour a day, and the rest of the time the bright sun shines. The velvet season lasts from November to February: the weather is dry and not as hot as in spring and summer. It is better not to go to the north of the country in August-September: heavy torrential rains and wind will spoil the whole experience.
Visa and Customs
Tourists do not need a visa to Thailand to travel for up to 30 days. The stay can be extended on the spot for a week or made a “visa run” – to leave the country, return to it and get a new stamp for 30 days. In addition, it is worth taking out an insurance policy in advance for the entire trip. You can bring a box of cigarettes and a liter of alcohol with you, the excess threatens with a serious fine, and for the import and export of drugs, you can even lose your life. For more information about visa and customs regulations of the kingdom, as well as VAT Refund, see the special page about the road to Thailand.
Since November 1, 2018, the import of plastic, including plastic bags and styrofoam, has been banned on Koh Samet Island in Thailand. Before the tourists arrive, they will be forced to leave all plastic bags at the airport and, at first, if necessary, they will be given paper pacts or bags made of environmentally friendly material. Violators will have to pay a fine of 1500 THB. It is expected that soon the same measures will be taken on the island of Koh Samui and by 2021 – throughout the country.
How to Get to
Airfares to Thailand generally depend on the season, with the highest being approximately mid-November to mid-February, when the weather is best (with premium rates charged for flights between mid-Dec and New Year), and in July and August to coincide with school holidays. You will need to book several months in advance to get reasonably priced tickets during these peak periods.
The cheapest way of getting to most regional Thai airports is usually to buy a flight to Bangkok and then a separate domestic ticket. However, there are dozens of potentially useful, mostly seasonal, international routes into Phuket, including direct flights with several airlines from Australia. For Ko Samui, there are flights from Singapore, Hong Kong (both Bangkok Airways), and Kuala Lumpur (Berjaya Airlines and Firefly); for Krabi, you can fly from KL with Air Asia, from Singapore with Tiger Airways or nonstop on seasonal, mostly charter flights from Scandinavia; and for Chiang Mai, Silk Air flies from Singapore, Air Asia from KL and Macau, while Korean Airlines from Seoul is a popular route for North American visitors.
The Thai government has a duty to provide free Wi-Fi in all Thai airports and it is a must for all travellers to use this service in order to be able to communicate with family and friends. In most cases, travellers are required to go through the immigration process in advance of their arrival in Thailand.