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Bangkok

Known is to locals as ‘Krungthep’ meaning the City of Angeles, Bangkok is the capital, cultural and commercial heart of Thailand. Whether it’s a visit to the Grand Palace, the Reclining Buda and the National Museum or an excursion to one of the floating markets, savouring Thai cuisine or some retail therapy, spending time in one of the most unique metropolises is an unforgettable experience.

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Chiang Mai

The Rose of the North, Chiang Mai is just an hour flight from Bangkok but a world apart. Enjoy the mountain scenery, fertile valleys and over 1000 Buddhist Temples in the most culturally dynamic region of Thailand. Not to be missed locations include a visit to an elephant camp, a Hill Tribe Village and nearby jungle and waterfalls.

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Phuket

Phuket is described as the Pear of the South and it is apparent for visitors to this island to understand why this is the case. It’s crystal clear blue water, tropical climate and fresh seafood makes this a very popular destination in Thailand. Incredible nature awaits its visitors from bird watching to the botanic gardens to the world famous butterfly farm.

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Koh Samui

Famous for its high quality coconuts, Koh Samui is an island easily accessible from all major destinations in Thailand. Stretches of beautiful beaches await and a plethora of water sports and activities are available. Take an island tour to the peak in the centre or enjoy some of the shows on offer.

Key Facts

Weather

Thailand follows a monsoon pattern climate and has three seasons, the hot season (Feb-May), rainy season (June to Oct) and the cold season (Oct – Feb).

Currency

The local currency is Thai Baht. ATMs and bureau de change are widely available across the country. 

Electrics

Many hotels have two different sockets with many having the UK 3 flat pin as well as a 2 round pin. We recommend taking with a universal plug adaptor as this could change. 

Visa requirements

For most European and Western countries, there is no need for a pre visa and you receive 30 days entry on arrival. 

National Food & Drink

Make sure you try the local Chang Beer. Also, don’t leave without having had authentic Thai food, usually made up of rice, spices and meat, cooked in front of you on the street. 

Local Culture

As Thailand is predominatenly Buddhist, most of its culture and customs are based on these experiences. Wellness and respect and very important attributes in Thailand. 

Times zones

Thailand is in the Indochina time zone which is +7 GMT

Language

Thai is the official language of the country. English is widely spoken and understood in the major tourist areas. 

Shopping

From your western shops to local markets, you can get literally anything you like in Thailand! Be sure to barter, especially in the markets and independent stalls. 

History

Unusually for most countries in South East Asia, Thailand never had a significant period of colonialist rule. The mainstay in recent years has been the revered King who despite some turmoil in the last few years, has been seen as a unifying institution in Thailand. 

Transport

Visitors are well catered for in Thailand and there are good road, sea and air routes 

Drinking Water

You should only drink sealed bottled water. Your hotel should provide you with this. When outside, ensure that the water you buy is sealed with a plastic cover to avoid contamination. 

Key dates

Listed here are the key  holidays, However, Thailand rarely closes and most tourist attractions will still be open (double check before you go)

January 1 – New Year’s Day

Monthly full moon day

Chakri Day – 6 April  to commemorate the founder of the Chakri Dynasty, King Rama 1

13-15 April – Thai New Year

1 May – Labour Day

5 May – Coronation Day

Chulalongkorn Day – 23 October – maring the death of Kinf Rama V

5 December – The King’s Birthday

10 Dec – Constitution day

Top Things To Do

Take a ride on a Tuk-Tuk

Take a ride on a Tuk-Tuk

No trip to Bangkok is complete without going for a ride or a city tour on this traditionally Asian mode of street transport. This will give you an intimate feel of Bangkok and other destinations in Thailand.

 

Visit to the Grand Palace

Visit to the Grand Palace

 The Grand Palace takes you into a world of Thai architecture and a deeper understanding of its history and Buddhist influence. 

Taking an Elephant ride

Taking an Elephant Ride

A long tradition for tourists in Thailand and available in most major tourist destinations, going for a ride on an elephant is an unforgettable experience. Perhaps also spend part of the day with the elephants as they are washed and fed.

 

 

Shopping in Thailand

Shopping

 

A wide variety of shops and markets are available throughout Thailand and the possibilities of purchases are endless. If you’re in Bangkok over the weekend, be sure to visit JJ market with over 15,000 stalls making it the largest in Asia.

Sample some Thai Cuisine

Sample some Thai Cuisine

While rice is the staple diet of most Thais, it would take you months to sample the variety of spices and ingredients used in its cooking. Why not try some local street food or take a Thai cooking class to bring home a flavour of your trip.

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