If the thought of another 3 months of cold drizzly weather is making you feel a bit miserable, then now is definitely the time to head towards the Equator for some sun. Thailand has been a favourite destination with UK holiday makers for years due to the stunning atmosphere, brilliant weather and value for money.
January, February and March are the peak time to visit as the weather is not yet at its hottest and sits around 32 degrees in most areas – a far cry from single digits we will be experiencing in England around this time!
On flying into Bangkok you can expect to be overwhelmed by the noise, bars, lights and people. Regardless of the time of day or night you arrive this city is always on the go and most definitely worth a look. Bangkok is vibrant and fast paced and in no way can be considered relaxing, but it is a great starting point to get yourself to one of Thailand’s beautiful sandy island resorts.
The two most popular islands are Phuket and Koh Samui, both islands offer a mixture of party resorts where you can experience amazing food and bars with beautiful sandy beaches and a slow relaxing holiday feel.
If you are not so keen on the beach there are other options. Pattaya is not known for its beaches, although it does have two rather large ones, but is known as the party capital and with a slightly adult theme definitely not for the faint hearted. In total contrast, the ancient city of Chiang Mai is bursting with culture, nestled up in the hills of Northern Thailand, both the scenery and architecture are stunning reminders of the country’s vast history.
To ensure you enjoy your holiday and get most from the vast range of activities that Thailand has to offer here are few tips to help you along your way. If you are intending to sight see by motorbike or scooter it would be best to wear a helmet. It is not enforced by the police, but the number of accidents involving tourists are high. Always carry ID, it is a requirement by law to identify yourself if asked by police, a photocopy of your passport will usually be acceptable. Smile, it is considered rude and disrespectful not to and is considered low class behaviour to lose your temper. The head is the highest part of the body and commands respect, it is very offensive to a Thai person to touch their head, even when meant in an affectionate way. Likewise the feet are the lowest part of the body and it is disrespectful to use them to point. As with any travelling, be aware of scams – the high volume of tourists mean there are opportunists everywhere – if the deal appears too good to be true, chances are it is.
To prepare yourself fully ensure you have your travel essentials with you. You will need to have clothing for warm weather, lightweight and breathable shorts and cotton shirts for example. Sandals rather than flip flops are advisable, particularly if you intend to do quite a bit of walking. Making sure you have a good supply of insect repellent and sun screen is definitely advisable.
Bursting with things to do and see Thailand is the sort of place you cannot go to just once, the combination of the weather, friendly people, beautiful scenery, exciting activities and amazing food you will be planning your next trip before you have even hit UK soil.