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Why Thailand?

It would be difficult to sum up Thailand’s many culinary offerings, cultural icons, and adventures, but it’s safe to say that there is truly something new, unique, and authentic for everyone here. Jaw-droppingly beautiful beaches in Southern Thailand compete with the ultra-modern malls and sightseeing in Bangkok, catering for both beach-floppers and avid shoppers while true connoisseurs of history, culture and cuisine will find paradise in Thailand’s Northern cities and the serene Golden Triangle.

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Surin

As the capital of Surin Province, this small town is well-known for its elephants and the historical landmarks.   Although the exact history of the town itself is not well known, the people of the region have always been highly regarded for a particular skill: capturing and taming elephants.

In addition to elephants, Surin features many ruins from the era when the Khmer of Angkor controlled the region, and Surin is also known for producing beautiful silk and growing Thailand’s famous jasmine rice. For most of the year Surin province is a sleepy agricultural province, quietly growing jasmine rice and weaving beautiful silk, the spotlight shines on Surin province as Thais and foreign visitors congregate in the province to witness one of Thailand’s most iconic celebrations: the Surin Elephant Round-Up

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Travel Types
Classic, Art & Culture, Family Travel
Best time to visit
From Late November to Early February
Transportation
By car, train
Suggest activities
Tradition and festivals, shopping

Ubon Ratchathani

Ubon is one of seventeen provinces that make up the Northeastern or Isaan Region of Thailand. The people here are the grassroots of the country. The service and agricultural industries thrive because of Isaan.

A province known for its Isarn style food which gets quite spicy even by Thai standards. There are also many local Thai handicrafts here as well as Thai silk. Ubon offers Thailand and it’s culture for you who want a break from the beaches and tourist towns. Ubon and the northeast are the real Thailand, head upcountry and give us a visit.

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Travel Types
Classic, Family Travel, Art & Culture
Best time to visit
November to February
Suggest activities
Explore the landmarks, biking
Nearest Airport
Ubon Ratchathani International Airport ( IATA: UBP)

Khao Lak

Khao Lak located just an hour’s drive north of Phuket Island that is on the west coast of Thailand, right on the Andaman sea. It offers a rare oasis for relaxation, with a superb combination of cool tropical forest, lovely beachfront accommodation and expansive white sand beaches and especially a hat-trick of national parks and those beaches are more beautiful than ever. Khao Lak has many newly built and refurbished resorts providing a quantity and quality of accommodation never before seen in this area.

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Travel Types
Beach stay, Family Travel, Honeymoon
Best time to visit
December to March
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MAI Khaolak

La Vela Khaolak

Suggest activities
Hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkelling

Khao Sok

Set in Surat Thani Province, Khao Sok has its own national park that contains Thailand’s largest virgin forest. The area is known for it’s dramatic towering limestone cliffs, breathtaking waterfalls and lakes, exciting caves, colorful wildlife and easy route access.

Often referred to as “the wettest spot in Thailand,” this glorious lowland jungle is teeming with life. Immense biodiversity and the curious colors of the many indigenous creatures are just a few reasons to explore

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Travel Types
Family Travel, Nature & Wildlife, Sustainable
Best time to visit
All year round
Nearest Airport
Surat Thani Airport (URT)
Suggest activities
Kayak, hiking, trekking

Koh Yao Islands

Ko Yao is a group of islands between Phuket and Krabi. There are two main islands, Ko Yao Noi (“Small Long Island”) and Ko Yao Yai, with Noi being the more developed of the two.

Ko Yao Noi Island is one of the largest in an archipelago of 44 islands which is famous since it was featured in the James Bond movie “The Man With the Golden Gun” as it remains a beautiful island, where most people still believe that the island should be preserved from human degradation. It is often described as one of the last islands in the region to not be overly developed.

Ko Yao Yai is also a natural beauty, remaining the least developed of the two islands. Ko Yao Yai is significantly larger than Ko Yao Noi due to a lack of (basic) infrastructure in some areas of the island.

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Travel Types
Beach stay, Family Travel, Honeymoon
Best time to visit
December to March
Nearest Airport
Phuket (HKT) and Krabi (KBV)
Suggest activities
Kayak, hike or snorkel

Koh Kood (Kor Kut)

The island lies on the maritime border with Cambodia and is the second largest of the Koh Chang Islands. Its beaches, with their powder sand, clear waters and picturesque bays are all on the west coast, with Koh Kood’s 50 or so resorts scattered along its length. There are just 2 fishing villages over on the eastern side. Largely untouched rain forest fills the center, mangroves line the rivers and 3 very pretty waterfalls are hidden away deep in the forest.

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Travel Types
Beach stay, Family Travel, Honeymoon
Best time to visit
November to March
Transportation
By boat
Suggest activities
Jungle walk, scooter tour, chilling out on the beach

Koh Phangan

World famous due to its Full Moon, Half Moon and many other hedonistic parties, Koh Phangan, ‘Samui’s Little Sister’ is a paradise for lovers of natural attractions. Traditionally the beaches are a top choice of all the Koh Phangan attractions and spending time relaxing on any one of them shouldn’t be missed. With a beautiful national park, jungle-clad mountains, waterfalls and palm-fringed deserted beaches, Koh Phangan is a nature lover’s heaven.

Koh Phangan is also popular amongst divers and snorkellers. There’s coral right off the beach on the west coast of the island, and just offshore you’ll find the fantastic dive site of Sail Rock (AKA Whaleshark City), often celebrated as the best dive site in the Gulf of Thailand.

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Travel Types
Beach stay, Family Travel, Honeymoon
Best time to visit
All year round
Transportation
By ferry, speedboat
Suggest activities
Water sports, trekking

Koh Samui

One of Thailand’s most popular holiday destinations and a great base from which to explore the Gulf of Thailand’s southern beach stay spots. Koh Samui (Samui Island) is a cosmopolitan melting pot, attracting travelers staying for a month or two in simple beach-side bungalows, to the wealthiest holidaymakers dropping in for a weekend at one of the many luxury resort or villa on the many white sand beaches of Koh Samui.

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Travel Types
Beach stay, Family Travel, Honeymoon
Best time to visit
December to April
Nearest Airport
Samui International Airport
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Cape Fahn Samui

Koh Chang

Koh Chang, known also as ‘Elephant Island’ named because of its elephant shaped headland, is Thailand’s third largest island after Phuket and Samui. As  70% of Koh Chang is covered in rain forests, mountains and beaches, from jungle covered mountain peaks to sweeping bays, great waterfalls to flourishing coral reefs, beach huts to luxury resorts, Koh Chang has plenty to offer for everyone.

 

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Travel Types
Classic, Family Travel, Beach Stay, Sustainable
Best time to visit
December to March
Suggest activities
Water sports, Trekking
Nearest Airport
Trat Airport

Kanchanaburi

As the third biggest province in Thailand and only 2 hours from Bangkok, the area is mostly mountains and hilly terrains. Because of its magnificent landscape and charming beauty, Kanchanaburi has become a major tourist destination, with attractions including several well-known waterfalls, caves that were once inhabited by Neolithic men, pristine national parks, tranquil rivers, virgin forest, and several large reservoirs.

Kanchanaburi city, the capital of Kanchanaburi Province, is a popular resort town. Picturesque and worthy of a visit in its own right, it is frequently visited as base of operations for exploring the many cultural, natural, and historical attractions in the surrounding countryside. Located at the confluence of the Kwae Noi and Kwae Yai rivers, Kanchanaburi lies at the source of the Mae Klong River, and these majestic bodies of water are defining characteristics of the town.

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Travel Types
Classic, Family Travel, Art & Culture, Honeymoon
Best time to visit
November to February
Suggest activities
Cave exploration, boat trips, hiking
Transportation
By car, train.

Ayutthaya

Just 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Bangkok is the old capitol of Ayutthaya (or Ayuthaya, or even Ayodhaya. No matter how you spell it, its pronounced ah-you-tah-ya.) . This Historic City of Ayutthaya has a series of ruined temples and other important stone built buildings in varying conditions.

This was being awarded UNESCO world heritage status in 1991 as majority of the city having been made of wood wasn’t the long term survival plan you may have thought. Thankfully, the remnants of hundreds of temples and palaces are still left in Ayutthaya for you to visit and admire. Apart from touring Ayutthaya’s history and temples, your visit can be filled with something more recent in terms of the cultural contexts

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Travel Types
Classic, Family Travel, Art & Culture, Gastronomy, Differently Abled
Best time to visit
November to early April
Suggest activities
Explore the landmarks, boat trips, cycling, kayaking
Transportation
By car, boat

Uthai Thani

Located in the lower part of northern Thailand. Most of the province consists of forests and high mountains, it is one of the last provinces throughout Thailand left untouched and Westernized with unspoiled natural tourist destinations . Uthai Thani offers a nostalgic view of Thailand; visitors can see the different lifestyles of locals, such as the life of raft residents on Sakae Krang River, a waterway that aided the birth of the province and which has been a lifeline for its people since ancient times. It is also where provincial trading has flourished. Life revolving around the river eventually grew from a community into the major province that it is today.

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Travel Types
Classic, Biking, Family Travel, Honeymoon
Best time to visit
November to March
Suggest activities
Cycling, Kayaking, explore the nature, birth watching
Transportation
By car

Phitsanulok

An ancient center of Thai culture and politics set along the Nan River, Phitsanulok (or P’Lok for short) today is a busy, dynamic city and one of the larger of Thailand’s provincial capitals. While most travelers see it only through the window of a bus or train, those who hop off will find enough to do and eat for a solid break from the tourist trail. However, often overlooked in favor of its more famous neighbor, the ancient city of Sukhothai, Phitsanulok is home to picturesque mountains, rolling plains, fertile agricultural land, intriguing caves, cascading waterfalls, dense and wildlife-rich forests, and a number of excellent cultural attractions.

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Travel Types
Classic, Family Travel, Honeymoon
Best time to visit
November to April
Suggest activities
Sightseeing
Transportation
By car, bike

Sukhothai

The Sukhothai (Rising of Happiness) Kingdom flourished from the mid-13th century to the late 14th century. The remains of the kingdom, known as meuang gòw (old city), feature around 45 sq km of partially rebuilt ruins, making up one of the most visited ancient sites in Thailand. Featuring 193 ancient sites spread out amid trees, ponds, paddies and villages in several different zones, Sukhothai Historical Park opened in 1988 and received UNESCO world heritage status three years later. On the other hand, Sukhothai is one of Thailand’s most popular venues for the Loy Krathong Festival held annually on a full moon in November, when the historical park hosts light shows, folk performances and candlelit offerings sent floating on the ponds.

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Travel Types
Classic, Family Travel, Art & Culture
Best time to visit
December to February
Suggest activities
Sightseeing, explore culture
Transportation
By car

Udon Thani

Udon Thani – The province is like a logistic and tourism hub of the region and is important history-wise regarding the famous Ban Chiang source of prehistory civilization, one of the oldest civilization in the world. On the other hand, Udon is one of the better market cities in Thailand: tightly packed clusters of vendors seem to appear down every side lane as you explore the gritty streets. Several of the largest markets include a vast network of food and clothing stalls around the train station, though we recommend venturing into some of the more hidden markets elsewhere in town.

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Travel Types
Classic, Family Travel, Art & Culture
Best time to visit
October to April
Suggest activities
Sightseeing, explore culture, shopping
Nearest Airport
Udon Thani Airport

Nan

Tucked into Thailand’s northeastern corner, Nan is a remote province to be explored for its natural beauty. Surrounded by the spectacular misty mountains of Doi Phu Kha National Park bordering Laos, Nan is a place where travelers will find many old temples and teak wooden houses, where foreigner tourists are rare and people still enjoy the traditional slow lifestyle of the Northern Thai people. Moreover, Nan’s ethnic groups are another highlight and differ significantly from those in other northern provinces.

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Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel
Best time to visit
November to March
Suggest activities
Sightseeing, Boat racing
Transportation
By car

Mae Hong Son

Mae Hong Son’s isolated location and pristine natural beauty make it an ideal destination for those in search of serenity. Waterfalls, hot springs, and forested caves dot Mae Hong Son’s endless rolling mountains, home to the Padong ethnic hill-tribe (Long-neck Karen), among others. This north-westernmost province bordering Burma is like another world, hemmed in on all sides by high mountain ranges. It boasts more than 80% of virgin forests, shrouded in mist all year round.

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Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel
Best time to visit
January to April and November and December
Suggest activities
Trekking, sightseeing, explore nature
Transportation
By car, airway

Chiang Mai

Northern Thailand’s most important cultural hub offers a huge variety of antique temples, from colorful structures that sparkle in the sunlight to more understated beauties that exhibit the earthy tones of brick and wood. The surrounding countryside is nothing short of spectacular, either; Chiang Mai is the gateway into the Northern mountains, where travelers can embark on invigorating treks, see gigantic elephants, and interact with locals from minority villages.

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Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Art & Culture, Gastronomy
Best time to visit
From October to April
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Away Thapae

Veranda Chiang Mai

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Phuket

Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and a haven for beach lovers the world over. Present day Phuket is more than just a nice beach destination, though; it has been shaped by its diverse ethnic groups, cultures, architectural influences, and traditional fine cuisines. The island definitely has more to offer visitors than its natural heritage of sea, sand, sky, beach, forests, and world-renowned diving sites. The ‘old town’ is a charming place and well worth a visit for those looking for Phuket’s roots and history.

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Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Gastronomy, Wellness, Cruise
Best time to visit
From November to March
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Beyond Resort Patong

Como Point Yamu

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Crystal Waters and sandy beaches of Phang Nga Bay

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Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat)

Nakhon Ratchasima or Korat Thailand is the most prosperous province of the East. Its richness of culture is very interesting since it has its own folk song called ‘Pleng Korat.’ Nakhon Ratchasima is also important to Thai history.

Locating a few hours away from Bangkok with easy transportation the province is very popular for tourists, especially in Khao Yai National Park. Khorat has fascinating traditions, charming hospitality, splendid natural scenery and awesome historical sites, including Khao Yai, Thailand’s oldest national park and newest World Heritage site, and the Khmer temple at Phimai, an important provincial capital of the Angkor Empire.

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Travel Types
Classic, Art & culture, Family
Best time to visit
From December to March
Transportation
By car, train, airway
Suggest activities
Explore the landmarks, hiking

Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai has always been a significant site throughout Thai history, and remains a magnificent site to behold today. Founded by Phaya Mengrai in 1262 CE as part of the Lao–Thai Lanna kingdom, Chiang Rai didn’t become a Siamese territory until 1786 and a province until 1910. The city offers visitors the chance to see the point at which Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet, famously known as ‘The Golden Triangle.’ Chiang Rai is also home to the utterly phenomenal White Temple, or Wat Ron Khun, which gleams like a white fire in the Thai countryside.

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Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Art & Culture, Differently Abled, Wellness
Best time to visit
From October to February
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Anantara Golden Triangle

The Riverie

Transportation
By car, airway

Hua Hin

Welcome to Hua Hin: the city of white sand beaches, magnificent mountain scenery, and beautiful waterfalls, all of which remain largely untouched by humans. Hua Hin is also famous for being a favorite place of residence for the Royal family when they go on their beach holidays. The latter’s Phra Ratchawang Klai Kangwon (“Far from Worries Palace”) remains a royal residence today, and was the full-time home of King Rama IX in many of his later years. Hua Hin is, in fact, a good budget destination; seafood is plentiful and cheap, there’s convenient public transport, and it takes a lot less time and effort to get here from Bangkok than to the southern islands.

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Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Beach Stay
Best time to visit
From November to February
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Veranda Hua Hin Cha-Am

Ace of Hua Hin

Transportation
By car, motorbike, airway

Phrae

Welcome to Phrae, famous for its long-established neighborhoods of traditional wooden houses, tranquil temples, and lush, green trees as far as the eye can see. A charming city of amiable residents, a wander along the banks of Mae Nam Yom and its adjacent ancient wall will bring you into contact with the smiling locals, some of Thailand’s friendliest people, and some of the country’s most superb food.  Yet despite all this, Phrae is a less-visited city and a great destination for those who require little more than a few low-key attractions, good local food, and happy company.

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Travel Types
Classic, Family Travel, Art & Culture, Gastronomy, Differently Abled
Best time to visit
From November to April
Suggest activities
Exploring culture and religion, sightseeing, cycling
Transportation
By car, motorbike, airway

Krabi Province – Phi Phi Archipelago and Maya Bay

The estuarine town of Krabi is both provincial capital and major hub for onward travel to some of the region’s most popular islands and beaches, including Ko Phi Phi, Ko Lanta, Ao Nang, Klong Muang and Laem Phra Nang (Railay).

Phi Phi Island is one of the most popular destinations in Krabi. Due to its breathtaking landscapes, the island has become known as the ‘Jewel of the Andaman Sea’. Spending time to explore the beauty of Krabi and surroundings is a true pleasure. A few of Phi Phi Island’s best sites and attractions are Maya Bay, where the famous movie ‘The Beach’ was filmed, Pi Leh Cove, Viking Cave, Monkey Beach, and Bamboo Island. The stunning Maya bay is exceptional, with it’s crystal clear water and white sandy beach, which attracts millions of visitors every year.

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Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Beach Stay, Cruise
Best time to visit
From November to April
Transportation
By boat
Suggest activities
Kayaking, snorkeling, playing water sports

Capital: Bangkok

Known in Thai as “The City of Angels,” Bangkok is a city of mind-boggling history and spirituality, where ancient Thai temples rise magnificently from the riverbanks, colorful palaces glisten spectacularly in the sunlight, and a snaking river slowly winds its way through the heart of the city. There are fabulous shopping options available, from high-quality artisan handicrafts to excellent bargains on brand names in Asia’s most stylish shopping centers. There is also a veritable feast waiting for travelers in Bangkok, which boasts some of the world’s most renowned and delicious dishes.

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Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Art & Culture, Gastronomy, Sustainable
Best time to visit
Between November and early April
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The Siam

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Quick facts

Neighboring countries: Burma and Laos to the North, Burma to the West, Laos and Cambodia to the East and Malaysia to the South.
Area: 514,000 sq km (200,000 sq miles)
Population (2019): 69,267,747
Capital: Bangkok – 94.6% of Thais are Buddhist, 4.6% of Thais are Muslim 0.7% of Thais are Christian
Time Zone: GMT+7 hours.
Religion Buddhists: Buddhism (93.58%), Islam (4.94%), Christianity (1.20%), Hinduism (0.06%), other religions (0.11%)
Language: Thai
Currency: Thai Bath – THB ($1 = 31.705 Thai Baht – Mar 2019).

Visa & travel permissions

Visa Exemption Rule
The rule allows tourists from 55 countries to enter Thailand without a visa. They are granted to stay a maximum of 30 days if they are entering Thailand via an international airport or entering through a land border checkpoint from neighboring countries.

  • Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Monaco, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam.

Under the new provisions of the VISA EXEMPTION RULE and BILATERAL AGREEMENT effective December 31, 2016, passport holders of 55 countries are entitled to enter Thailand under this rule provided that they meet the following criteria:
1. The visit is strictly for tourism purposes.
2. They must have a confirmed return ticket to show that they are flying out of Thailand within 30 days of entry, as appropriate. Open tickets do not qualify. Traveling over land out of Thailand by train, bus, etc to Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia (including en route to Singapore), Myanmar, etc may be accepted as proof of exiting Thailand.You may be asked to show your flight ticket on entering Thailand. If you do not possess a flight ticket to show you will be exiting Thailand within 30 days of entry you will be most likely refused entry.
3. It will also be necessary to prove that you have funds of at least 10,000 THB per person during your stay in Thailand.

Visa On Arrival
List of countries whose nationals may apply for a visa at the Immigration Checkpoints for touristic purpose only and for a period not exceeding 15 days:

  • Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

The VISA ON ARRIVAL allows passport holders of 21 countries to enter Thailand under this rule provided that they meet these requirements:
4. The visit is strictly for tourism purposes.
5. The passport must be genuine and should be valid for at least 30 days.
6. You must have a valid address in Thailand whether a hotel or apartment that can be verified.
7. You must have a confirmed return ticket to show that they are flying out of Thailand within 15 days of entry, as appropriate. Open tickets do not qualify. Travelling overland out of Thailand by train, bus, etc to Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia (including en route to Singapore), Myanmar, etc is not accepted as proof of exiting Thailand.You may be asked to show your flight ticket on entering Thailand. If you do not possess a flight ticket to show that you will be exiting Thailand within 15 days of entry you will be most likely refused entry.
8. It will also be necessary to prove that you have funds of at least 10,000 THB per person and 20,000 THB per family during your stay in Thailand.
9. A fee of 2,000 THB is payable upon entry and is subject to change without notice. It must be paid in cash and Thai currency only.

Stay of Extension
Those who wish to stay longer or may wish to change their type of visa must file an application for permission at the:
Office of Immigration Bureau: Government Center B, Chaengwattana Soi 7, Laksi, Bangkok 10210
Tel. +66 214 198 89 or at http://www.immigration.go.th.
The extension of stay as well as the change of certain type of visa is solely at the discretion of the Immigration office.

TOURIST VISA FOR OTHER COUNTRIES
Nationals of certain countries are required to apply for a visa only at the Thai Embassy or Consulate-General in their home/ residence country or at the designated Thai Embassy. Therefore, travelers are advised to contact the nearest Thai Embassy or Consulate-General to find out where they may apply for a visa to Thailand before departure.
In case of overstay: There is a minimum charge of 500 Baht per day. This goes to a maximum of 20,000 Baht for overstays of 40 days or longer.
In addition there is a risk being held in detention, fined, deported at own’s expense and black-listed from re-entering Thailand.
The only legal way of getting a new visa, entry permit or extension of stay is from a Thai Embassy or Consulate, an Immigration Officer at a point of entry into Thailand or one of the Immigration Offices around the country. Visas issued by visa shops, travel agents or by any other means are likely to be illegal and can lead to criminal proceedings.

Illegal Souvenirs
Buddha images or statues over 12 cm or 5 inches are at risk of being confiscated upon departure; that’s why following guidelines must be followed:

  • The Buddha images must be a full image, not just a part like a hand or a head
  • One cannot take more than 5 Buddha images out of Thailand on a single trip
  • If applying for an export permit, the permit should be planned 4 to 5 days before the process; apply at the local Fine Arts Department, and submit one permit for every image

The following is an extract from the Thailand Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the export of images of Buddha:
Buddha images, Bodhisattva images or related fragments, part of ancient monuments and prehistoric objects, are forbidden to be taken out of the Kingdom. Newly cast images of Buddha in complete condition can be exported for worship, cultural exchange or educational purposes with licenses issued by the Fine Arts Department. Not more than 5 pieces per person shall be allowed.
Reproductions of antiquities can also be exported with licenses.

Procedures to obtain a license for export of antiquities or Buddha images
The following documents should be produced together with the application form:
Two copies (3×5 inches) of front view photograph of the object(s), a photocopy of the applicant’s passport (in case of export of Buddha images the photocopy of passport must be certified as true copy by the related Embassy or Consulate in Thailand).Bring the object(s) and the documents to apply for a license at any of the following places:
Office of Fine Arts Department Locations
Office of Archaeology and National Museums, 81/1 Si Ayutthaya Road, Theves, Dusit, Bangkok, Tel: 0 2628 5032
Chiang Mai National Museum, Superhighway Road, Amphoe Muang, Chiang Mai, Tel: (053) 221-308
Songkhla National Museum, 13/1 Jana Road, Tambon Bohyang, Amphoe Muang, Songkhla, Tel: (074) 311-728, 311-881
Thalang National Museum, Tambon Si Sunthorn, Amphoe Thalang, Phuket, Tel: (076) 311-426

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Access & Transportation

By Air
Almost 70 foreign airlines have licenses from Thai authorities to serve the country and are respecting international standards. It includes Aeroflot, Air France, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Lufthansa, United Airlines or Swiss Air. Thai Airways, which is one of the most consider airline in the world, is offering the most destinations and the best services to and from Thailand.
Suvarnabhumi Airport of Bangkok is the most important international airport of the country, many flights to Thailand are leading to there. However, many flights from Asia are landing in other international airport of the country such as Chiang Mai, Phuket or Hat Yai.

By Land
Thailand / Lao borders

  • Huay Xai/Chiang Khong
  • Muang Ngeun/Huay Kon
  • Nam Hueng/Tha Li
  • Vientiane/Nong Khai
  • Paksan/Bueng Kan
  • Tha Khaek/Nakhon Phanom
  • Savannakhet/Mukdahan
  • Vang Tao/Chong Mek

Thailand / Cambodia borders

  • Aranyaprathet, Thailand/Poipet
  • Hat Lek, Thailand/Koh Kong, Cambodia
  • Chong Jom, Thailand/O’Smach, Oddar Meanchey, Cambodia
  • Chong Sa Ngam, Thailand/Anlong Veng, Oddar Meanchey, Cambodia.
  • Ban Pakard, Chantaburi, Thailand/Phsar Prom Pailin, Cambodia (Prom Checkpoint)
  • Ban Laem, Chantaburi, Thailand/Daung Lem, Battambang, Cambodia (Daung Checkpoint)

Thailand / Malaysia borders

  • Ban Ta Ba
  • Sungai Kolok
  • Betong
  • Sadao
  • Pedang Besar
  • Wang Prajan
  • Kuala Perlis

Border crossings are only daylight hours open, except for Sadao and Pedang Besar. Boat crossing is usual between Thailand and Malaysia, the most popular crossing border are Kuala Perlis, Pedang Besar, Sadao and Sungai Kolok.
Thailand / Myanmar borders

  • Mai Sai – Tachilek
  • Mae Sot – Myawaddy
  • Phunaron – Htee Kee
  • Ranong – Kawthoung
  • Sangkhla Buri – Payathonzu – the Three Pagodas Pas

Transportaion
Taxi
Bangkok has a huge number of taxis for reasonable prices since they are equiped with meters. However, outside of the capital it is rarest to find taxis with meters. In this case, ask for the price and negociate before entering into the taxi.
Avoid taking a taxi near hotels and tourist attractions.
All the official taxis will have a yellow registration plate.
Make sure to have some small banknotes and change, in case the driver doesn’t have change.
Tuk – Tuk 
Tuk-Tuk is classic vehicle in Thailand. They are easy to find, especially in Bangkok, due to their typical colors and the sound they make. It is a really good experience for tourists and a way to move quickly. It is better to ask the price before going in the tuk-tuk.
Metropolitain Rail Lines
Thailand has three primary metropolitan rail lines which are the BTS skytrain, MRT underground lines and airport rail link. All of these metropolitan rail lines are linked together.
Unlimited single day and various multi-day passes can be purchased for both the BTS skytrain and MRT underground, many of which are ideal for tourists wishing to explore the city, though such cards are not transferable between the two independently owned rail lines and must be purchased separately. The BTS skytrain card can buy only at the BTS skytrain station.
Bangkok Skytrain (BTS)
There is two types of railroads in Thailand. The first one is the BTS skytrain composed with two lines (green), the second one is the MRT underground (blue).
The first line of the BTS skytrain is Sukhumvit Line and follows Sukhumvit road, a very busy street, with many shops, restaurants and hotels. In the north, it leads to Mo Chit, near the northern bus terminal and the JJ Weekend Market, where it is possible to change for the MRT underground. Others changes on the Sukhumvit Line are located at Asoke station for the BTS and at Sukhumvit station for MRT.
The second BTS skytrain’s line is the Silom line. This line is going through the business district and ends at the Chao Phraya River, where you can find the public boat service to cross the river. It is possible to change for the Sukhumvit line at Siam square and for the Mrt at Silom Station.
In the near future, there are approval projects to build 2 more new routes and 2 extension route on the old lines. Following the plans there will be new light red line and dark red line which are suburban railway system. These lines will reach some part of Pathum Thani province. These red lines will be finished in 2018. The extension plan for both green lines will be finished in 2021,and these extended route will reach some part of Samut Prakan and Pathum Thani.
It is possible to buy single or multi-day passes in order to explore the city easily. However, a pass can only be use for the skytrain or the underground. So, you have to buy two distinct passes for each railroad.
Bangkok Underground (MRT)
MRT underground line is a completely new line of the railroad network. It has 18 stops, from Bang Sue to Hua Lumphong, where you will find the train station that will allow you to go to the countryside.
It is possible to change from the MRT to the BTS at Mo Chit, Sukhumvit (Asoke for the BTS) and Silom (Sala Daeng for the BTS)
As for the BTS sky-train, single day and multi-day passes can be bought independently for the BTS and the MRT.
In the near future, there are approval projects to build many more routes for MRT lines. According to the plans there will be more 4 new routes consisting of purple, orange, pink and yellow line and 2 more extended lines which are extended of light green (Sukhumvit line) and extended blue line. All of these new routes will reach many parts of other provinces which are Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom and Samut Prakan. Some parts of the construction plans have already been completed but many are still in progress and will be finished in 2016 and 2022 according to each plan.
Airport Railing (ARL)
The airport line is an express and commuter rail in Bangkok. The line provides an airport rail link from Suvarnabhumi Airport, via Makkasan, to Phaya Thai Station in central Bangkok.
The ARL operates daily from 6:00 a.m. to 12 midnight, with commuter City Line (blue) trains departing every 10 minutes during peak hours (6am to 9am & 4pm to 8pm) and 15 minutes off peak & weekends.
The extended route that links Suvarnabhumi Airport to Don Muang Airport should be finished by 2016. At the moment you can take advantage from a free shuttle leaving every half an hour or use public bus # 555 or taxi service..
Buses
In Bangkok, there are both public and private buses. As a consequence, buses can vary in size, type and cost. Taking the bus in Bangkok can be as tiring as walking to your destination.
Long distance buses are very common in Thailand, there are many bus stations in Bangkok to join destinations such as Pattaya, Hua Hin, Ayutthaya, Cha am or Kanchanaburi.
Train
Passengers can travel by train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok to the Laos or Malaysian borders and many places in between. . Even though the journey on a Thai train generally takes longer and can be more expensive than a voyage by bus, trains are safer and are generally more comfortable. Popular train routes include Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Bangkok to Surat Thani, the launching point for boats to Koh Samui.
There are three classes of Thai train service, allowing even the most budget conscious traveler to experience travel by train in Thailand. However, while first class is quite plush, featuring private cabins with twin sleeping arrangements and air conditioning on select routes, prices are often higher than flying the same route on a budget air carrier. On the other end of the spectrum, third class is cheaper than the bus but may not be the most comfortable way. Second class prices on Thai trains are equivalent to first class bus tickets, both in price and in comfort, though the train has fold down beds and it’s easier to get up and stretch your legs on the train than on a bus.
Ladies and Children’s carriage service was commenced in August 2014. These carriage are painted in pink and purple. On the carriage are served by female only staffs to ensure that the passengers will be proctecetd from any risk of assault or harassment. One ladies and children’s carriage will be attached to the first class and second class train for many routes.
Thai trains depart throughout the day, though some are express and some make frequent local stops and comprise of only third class seating. Train tickets sell out well in advance for some holidays and weekends, particularly the more limited sleeper cars and the wider, lower bunk, second class sleeper seats. Traveling by train is not the best choice if you in hurry or have an exact plan because mostly train are not arrive or depart followed the time schedule, It might talk 10 minutes to hours late.
You can check the price rates or find further information on the websites: http://www.thailandtrainticket.com/index.html or http://www.railway.co.th/checktime/checktime.asp?lenguage=Eng

Car

Car is a good option to travel across the country, but driving can be difficult for foreigners. We advise you to rent a car with a driver or a guide, it is more expensive, but you‘ll avoid any kind of problem.

Song Thaews & Si Lors

In the outlying areas of Bangkok and in many other towns and cities, the main form of transport is the ‘Baht Bus’, in the form of a ‘Song Thaew’ (two-row) – a converted Hyundai or Subaru pickup truck with two rows of seats along the sides of the vehicle, or ‘Si Lor’ (four-row).

Rivers & Canals

Many river, like Bang Pakong river, Mae Khlong river, Ta Chin river or Kwae (Kwai) river are navigable. These rivers are perfect for trips such as on the Chao Phraya river in order to discover the Koh Kret island and an authentic way of life on the bank’s river.

In north east of the country, it is possible to sail on the Mekong river which marks the border between Thailand and Laos and that can make about 1km in width.”

Dos & Don’ts

Thailand is the country of the friendliest people. Although there is some things to avoid in order to keep a smile on the Thai people’s face. Even if in case of mistakes, they will probably forgive you and act with understanding. These instructions will help you to spare yourself of this situation.
When Visiting a Temple

  • Do respect Buddhism Religion is very important for Thai people, Buddhism in particular, because it is the most practiced religion in Thailand. This is why Buddhism is protected by the law.
  • Don’t touch
    In Thailand touching a Buddha image may appear disrespectful. Even taking pictures or sitting next to it, are to be avoided. Women are not allowed to touch or to sit next to a monk, just wai in sign of respect.
  • Do dress conservatively – Do dress properly
    Men and women must have their shoulders and knees covered. When you are entering a temple, it is better to remove your shoes.

When Greeting A Thai

  • Don’t shake hands
    Physical contact with a person you don’t know well is not common in Thailand.
  • Do greet people with the traditional wai
    Thai way to greet people is the wai. To make a wai, press your palms together near your chest and bow a little bit. The more the person is important, more your hands have to be high and your bow has to be deeper. You don’t need to wai at receptionists, chambermaids and children. To greet people women say “Sawadtii khaa” and men “Sawadtii khap”.
  • Do be open
    Questions about marital status, age or wage are very common and not intrusive
    When Interacting With Thai
  • Don’t touch the head
    According to the Thai’s culture, soul lives in the head. As a consequence, it is a sacred part of the body that only the close family can touch.
  •  Don’t show the soles
    Feet and soles must not be pointed or shown to people or Buddha figure. It could be consider as an insult.
    In Relation To A King
  • Do talk with kindness
    In Thailand the King and his family are nearly sacred. People have indeed a lot of respect for their King and their monarchy. Pay attention to do the same if you prefer to avoid being persecuted by the law.
  • Don’t damage King images
    The King’s image appears on many items like stamps or money, avoid damaging and stepping over them. It can be considered outrageous.
    When out in Public
  • Do smile
    The smile is a charming accessory of Thai personality and an unquestionable sign of respect. Use it to get out of embarrassing situations and ask for forgiveness for misunderstandings.
  • Don’t have close contacts
    It is better to avoid demonstrations of public affection. It could feel embarrassing for Thai people.
    When In The Restaurant
  • Don’t be surprised
    Chopsticks are less common than forks and spoons in Thailand.
  • Don’t wave
    Avoid making a wave or raising your finger to call a waiter.
    When Invited To Someone’s Home
  • Do take off your shoes
    When you are entering in someone’s house, it is respectful to remove your shoes.
  • Don’t step on the threshold
    In Thai people’s culture, stepping on the threshold bring bad luck to the people that lives in the house.
  •  Do Bring A Gift
    Flowers, liquors or candies are good presents to bring when you are invited at someone’s place”

Money & budget

Local currency: Thai Baht (THB)
The money in Thailand is the Thai Baht (THB). 1 baht has 100 Satang.
You can find banknotes of 10 (brown), 20 (green), 50 (blue), 100 (red), 500 (purple) and 1,000 (grey or brown) Thai baht. Coins: 25 and 50 Satang; 1, 2, 5 and 10 baht.
ATM or bank cash machines are widely available throughout the country.
Banks and authorized money changers are allowed to change money and accept major currencies. The best exchange rate is from Us Dollar to Bath, but cheques even have a better rate.
Hotels, restaurants, travel agent, tourists shop or department stores are accepting the most common credit cards such as Visa, Master Card, Amex or Diners.

Health

First of all, make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
World Health Organization recommends vaccinations against: Hepatitis A and Typhoid that you risk to get through contaminated food or water, especially if you are an adventurous eater, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, if you plan to visit rural areas in Thailand or will be spending a lot of time outdoors.
Malaria and Dengue fever are diseases that can be transmitted by mosquitoes, especially during the rainy season. Travelers should protect themselves regularly with repellent by smearing themselves and their clothes with it. The most efficient repellents are composed with DEET.
The sale of medicines is less regulated than in Europe, counterfeit products are common in Thailand and pharmacies are selling drugs without medical prescriptions. We advise you to see a doctor before buying any medications and to buy them in licensed pharmacies and hospital outlets.

Health Advice
Eat

  • Food that is cooked and served hot
  • Hard-cooked eggs
  • Fruits and vegetables you have washed in clean water or peeled yourself
  • Pasteurized dairy products

Avoid eating

  • Food served at room temperature
  • Raw or under cooked (rare) meat or fish
  • Unwashed or unpeeled raw fruits and vegetables
  • Unpasteurized dairy products
  • ”Bushmeat” (monkeys, bats, or other wild game)

Drink

  • Bottled water that is sealed
  • Water that has been disinfected
  • Ice made with bottled or disinfected water
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Hot coffee or tea
  • Pasteurized milk

Avoid drinking

  • Tap or well water
  • Ice made with tap or well water
  • Drinks made with tap or well water (such as reconstituted juice)
  • Unpasteurized milk

Emergency contacts

Mobile Police 191
Fire Brigades 199
Tourist Police 1155
Police General Hospital 0 2207 6000

Tourist Service Centre 1672

Highway Police 1193, 0 2354 6007″

What to prepare?

Pre-departure Tasks
Your passport must be valid for minimum 6 months before the expiry date. Don’t ignore trip, baggage and medical insurance. For vaccinations and medicines visit your doctor before your travel.

Clothes

  • Clothing should be lightweight and of the drip dry variety. You will be in the sun a lot so long sleeves and a wide hat would be more suitable.
  • Underwear should be synthetic and easily washable.
  • Sleepwear.
  • Shirts should be long sleeved and lightweight with lots of closed pockets.
  • T-shirts, short sleeved and again with pockets.
  • Cool evenings necessitate the need for pullovers or a lightweight jacket.
  • Long trousers made from a lightweight, quick drying fabric should have multi pockets for day trips. Long trousers that turn into shorts are ideal.
  • For trekking lightweight long shorts (for modesty purposes) are acceptable.
  • Bathing suit should be modest so as not to offend the locals.
  • Hat for protection from the sun. Should have a wide brim and a strap.
  • A sturdy poncho or parka will help to keep your gear dry in case of rain or waterfall spray.
  • Footwear: You will need some sturdy comfortable boots for trekking or just walking around. They will need to support your ankles as well as having a non slip sole.
  • Water proof sandals for those short trips and boating.
  • Some smart casual clothes for the evenings and visiting restaurants.

Pharmacy

  • Insect repellent with the percentage of DEET recommended by your travel medicine physician. It’s important that you bring an ample supply of good quality repellent.
  • Antiseptic wipes for hand washing and emergency toilet paper.
  • Personal First Aid Kit (bring in small amounts and in small containers)
  • Aspirin/ibuprofen, etc.
  • Cold-symptom relief tablets, antihistamine, cough drops. Adequate quantity of sweat-resistant sun screen with at least an SPF 15 rating or higher, and lip balm with sunscreen.
  • Prescription medicines in their original bottles. Acidophilus enzyme (available in capsules in health-food stores). This often helps your digestive system get in shape for “new” flora.
  • Immodium, Lomotil, or similar anti-diarrhea medicine. Pepto-Bismol.

Vaccinations
Vaccinations are not obligatory (visitors coming from countries with yellow fever risks are an exception) but highly recommended. In order to not being ill during your trip, check all of your vaccinations, especially Tetanus, Polio and Diphtheria. Other vaccines are recommended, such as Hepatitis A and B (for a trip of more than 3 months), Typhus, Tuberculosis, Rabies, Japanese encephalitis.

Bo Sang Umbrella and Sankhampaeng Crafts Festival

18 - 20 January

Bo Sang & Sankhampaeng, Thailand

Bo Sang and neighboring Sankhampaeng are famous throughout Thailand for the production of handicrafts and traditional umbrellas. This cultural heritage is celebrated with an enjoyable, low-key festival which is always well-supported by the local community. The event in Bo Sang takes place a few weeks before the Chiang Mai Flower Festival, and although it may not attract anywhere near the same number of visitors, it is the intimate nature of the Bo Sang festival that gives it an unbeatable charm.

Bo Sang Umbrella and Sankhampaeng Crafts Festival

Chiang Mai Flower Festival

01 - 03 February

Chiang Mai, Thailand

The northern Thai city of Chiang Mai celebrates the annual Chiang Mai Flower Festival at the beginning of February. This is truly a very impressive festival, with astounding floral displays, parades, music concerts, and street markets. All this preparation makes this one of Thailand’s most colorful and family-friendly festivals with almost endless activities and sights to enjoy. Over the course of the three-day festival, the old city of Chiang Mai is delicately decorated by beautiful flowers and flora. Visitors flock to see incredible exhibitions of Chiang Mai’s most vibrant floral displays, including truly special, locally-grown orchids. The festival also features a parade showcasing the region’s vibrant and colorful flowers, as well as dancers in traditional costumes.

Chiang Mai Flower Festival

Chinese New Year

05 February

Nationwide, Thailand

In Thailand, Chinese New Year is a  holiday for Chinese people. Also called “Lunar New Year” or “Spring Festival,” this holiday is the first day of the New Year on the Chinese Calendar. Huge block parties rock Bangkok’s Chinatown, with many events centred around the Odeon Gate. Many will wear red and peruse the area for some fun, food, and unique shopping. Unlike in many countries, holidays are no time to close in Thailand; staying open allows everyone to do more business!

Chinese New Year

Makha Bucha Day

19 February

Nationwide, Thailand

Makha Bucha Day is a Thai Buddhist holiday, held during the third lunar month of the year, when Buddha is said to have delivered certain of his teachings. In Thailand, devotees head to Buddhist temples on Makha Bucha Day to take part in rites and to “earn merit.” They may also abstain from alcoholic beverages, give food offerings to monks, meditate, and take part in a late-night candle processions.

Makha Bucha Day

National Thai Elephant Day

13 March

Nationwide, Thailand

The elephant is one of the enduring symbols of Thailand, with the Thai elephant (chang) playing a pivotal role in the history and culture of the country. In 1998, Thai authorities decided to formally recognize the significance of the animal by designating March 13 as National Thai Elephant Day. On this day, various events take place in zoos and elephant parks throughout the country, with some parks treating their elephants to huge banquets of fruit and sugar cane. In some cases, Buddhist ceremonies will be held with the aim of bringing good luck for the elephant and its mahout (handler)

National Thai Elephant Day

Chakri Day

06 April

Nationwide, Thailand

Thailand observes Chakri Memorial Day to celebrate the founding of the still-reigning Chakri Royal Dynasty, which dates back to 1782, and is the date of the coronation ceremony of Rama I. This is an important day to take the time to honor and remember all of the contributions of the Chakri kings throughout Thailand’s history. If April 6th happens to come on a weekend, then the holiday will be observed on the following Monday, instead. It was soon after the founding of the Chakri dynasty that its first king, Rama I, made Bangkok Thailand’s capital city. So, the holiday certainly has special significance to residents of Bangkok. Today, Rama X, the tenth Chakri king, still reigns. He and the whole royal family oversee special services at the Royal Chapel on Chakri Day. They also visit the Royal Pantheon to honor the memory of earlier Chakri kings, and lay a wreath by the statue of Rama I.

Chakri Day

Songkran Festival

13 - 16 April

Nationwide, Thailand

The Songkran Festival a national holiday in Thailand, marks the beginning of the Thai New Year. Songkran is also known as the “water festival,” since water is used to ritually wash away negativity from the previous year. Those celebrating Songkran pour water over one another, symbolizing the washing of bad luck and sins from life. Some even add herbs to the ritual water, as well.

The most famous street party in Bangkok is called Silom, which stretches a staggering 4 kilometers. Thousands of people, armed with water guns, balloons, and any other vessels they can get their hands on, will utterly drench anyone in their path.

Songkran Festival

Yasothon Rocket Festival

09 - 13 May

Isaan, Thailand

Isaan has traditionally and predominantly been a tranquil, rural, farming area, yet holds one of Thailand’s most unusual and incredible festivals every year. The Yasothon Rocket Festival is held to promote and pray for the success of rice crops for the upcoming season. The local people create all kinds of rockets, or “bang fai,” and launch them into the heavens as a way to entreat the gods to bless them with an abundance of rain.

Yasothon Rocket Festival

Royal Ploughing Ceremony

13 May

Bangkok, Thailand

In Thailand, the annual Royal Ploughing Ceremony is a special day on which symbolic rice planting takes place. This pure ritual is supposed to help guarantee a good harvest in the year to come. Both Buddhist and Hindu Brahmin ceremonies take place at the Thai festival, during which monks from each religion bless the planting of the rice in their own ways. The royal planting occurs at the outset of rice-growing season, and consists of two sacred oxen that pull a decorative plough, accompanied by traditionally costumed men who plant rice in the furrow. The oxen are also fed rice, grass, other foods, and even given rice-whiskey to drink. Based on what the oxen choose to eat when given multiple foods to choose from, astrologers then predict if it’s going to be a good rice-growing season ahead.

Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Visakha Bucha Day

19 May

Nationwide, Thailand

Visakha Bucha Day commemorates the three major events in the life of Buddha: his birth, his enlightenment, and his death. In Thailand, Visakha Bucha Day is a time when the devout visit local temples to “do things of merit” by giving donations and engaging in various Buddhist rituals.

Thai law prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages on Visakha Bucha Day, which causes many bars to close temporarily. Many of these celebrations are private and religious, but tourists are allowed to visit most of the many temples around Thailand to catch a glimpse of the celebrations.

Visakha Bucha Day

Dok Krachiao Blossom Festival

June - August

Chaiyaphum, Thailand

The Siam Tulip, or Dok Krachiao, comes into full bloom in the early part of the rainy season, from June to August. During these months, the fields of Pa Hin Ngam National Park in Thep Sathit district and Sai Thong National Park in Nong Bua Ra Haew district are completely blanketed with the exceptional beauty of these pinkish-purple flowers, which are the centerpiece of this beautiful festival.

Dok Krachiao Blossom Festival

Phi Ta Khon Festival Day

05 - 07 July

Isan, Thailand

Every year, the Dan Sai district in Thailand’s Isan region stages an event called Phi Ta Khon, also known as “Bun Luang” or “Bun Pawat.” The event has its origins as a fertility festival, but these days, it has become an integral part of a two-day, “merit-making” event.
A colorful parade, Phi Ta Khon’s most vibrant event or “Ghost festival”, features locals dancing and striking poses while wearing huge, coconut-tree-trunk masks, topped with wicker sticky-rice steamers that make them appear taller and almost otherworldly.

Phi Ta Khon Festival Day

Asahna Bucha Day

16 July

Nationwide, Thailand

In July, on the full moon of the eighth lunar month, Thai Theravada Buddhists come together to celebrate one of their most important festivals; the celebration commemorates the Buddha’s first sermon following his enlightenment. This first sermon is not only the first important pronouncement of the Four Noble Truths, but also contains the essence of all the Buddha’s teachings. At the end of the talk, the first order of monks was then established. Thai Buddhists observe this day by donating offerings to temples and listening to sermons. The following day is known in Thailand as Wan Khao Phansa; it is the first day of “vassa”, the Theravada rains retreat.

Asahna Bucha Day

Khao Phansa Day

17 July

Nationwide, Thailand

Khao Phansa Day is a Buddhist holiday observed all over Thailand, on the first day following the full moon, occurring in the eighth month of the Thai lunar calendar. Khao Phansa marks the first day of “Buddhist Lent,” a time when observant Buddhists fast from such consumables as meat, alcohol, and tobacco. For the most part, only Theravada, rather than Mahayana, Buddhists observe Khao Phansa, and even many Theravada practitioners choose not to fast.

Khao Phansa Day

Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival

23 - 28 July

Ratchathani, Thailand

The Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival celebrates two important Buddhist events: Asahna Bucha and Khao Phansa. The exact date of Asahna Bucha varies from year to year, depending on the lunar calendar, but usually falls in July. Asahna Bucha marks the day when the Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon at Benares in India. The day after Asahna Bucha is known as Wan Khao Phansa, and marks the start of the three-month ‘Phansa Rains Retreat’ period, which is sometimes referred to as “Buddhist Lent.”

Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival

King Vajiralongkorn's Birthday

28 July

Nationwide, Thailand

The birthday of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, also called King Rama the Tenth, arrives every 28th of July, and is a very important public holiday in Thailand. King Rama X has reigned in Thailand only since 2016, when his father, King Bhumibol, died after a 70-year reign. Vajiralongkorn was a clear successor, since he was Bhumibol’s only son, yet already 64 years old upon ascending the throne.

King Vajiralongkorn's Birthday

Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday

12 August

Nationwide, Thailand

In Thailand, the Queen of former King Bhumibol is honored with a public holiday on her birthday, the 12th of August. The day is also called the “Mother’s Birthday,” The day is one on which to remember the humanitarian achievements of Thailand’s beloved Queen Mother, and a day to honor mothers everywhere all across the country.
In the capital, Bangkok, a festival held along Ratchadamnern Avenue between the Royal Palace and the National Parliament Building should not be missed: this is truly the “main event” for Her Majesty, the Queen’s Birthday.

Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday

Vegetarian Festival

September - October

Nationwide, Thailand

Throughout Thailand at the moment, many Thai people (especially those with Chinese heritage) observe the Taoist lent period, which lasts for 9 days and 9 nights. This is marked by Thailand’s Vegetarian Festival, and although its origins are Taoist, the festival has slowly been merging with Thai Buddhism in unique and fascinating ways. During this period, devotees will strictly abstain from eating meat, seafood, and dairy products of any kind.

Vegetarian Festival

Passing of His Majesty the Late King

13 October

Nationwide, Thailand

For decades, King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the only king the people of Thailand knew, and he remained in power even as numerous prime ministers and military coup leaders came and went. He became a symbol of stability, and was truly beloved by the people of his kingdom. He took the throne in 1946, reigned for 70 years, and earned the title “Father of the Nation.” After a long struggle with illness, he finally passed away, at the age of 88.

Passing of His Majesty the Late King

Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

23 October

Nationwide, Thailand

Chulalongkorn was born into the House of Chakri as the son of King Rama IV, and even as a child, held a position in the royal court of Siam. Along with his political upbringing and eventual experience, Thailand’s most beloved leader learned much through formal schooling, as well. As a student, he studied biology, swordsmanship, engineering, English, and anthropology, making him not only a beloved King, but an extremely accomplished one, at that.

Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

Loy Krathong

11 November

Nationwide, Thailand

Celebrated with passion nationwide, Loy Krathong is probably Thailand’s most beautiful and enchanting festival. Traditionally made from banana leaves or the bark of a banana tree, people often fill their krathongs with a candle, incense, and flowers. The person who gets to set the krathong on its watery journey down the river will often take a small clipping of their own hair or fingernail, which will then be added to the krathong, together with some coins. The candle and incense are then lit, and a wish is made, before the krathong is placed on the nearest stretch of water, on which the krathong carries away bad luck and allows a fresh start.

Loy Krathong

Bua Tong Blossom Festival

November - December

Nationwide, Thailand

The Bua Tong Festival takes place during one of Thailand’s most stunning and fleeting seasons, that of the Dok Bua Tong – or “wild sunflower” – in bloom. The Bua Tong flower only blooms from November to December, and during this period, the hills and valleys of Mae Hong Son turn to bright gold as wild sunflowers come into full bloom. During the festival, local fairs sell arts and crafts, as well as farm fresh products along the route of the Bua Tong fields.

Bua Tong Blossom Festival

His Majesty the Late King's Birthday

05 December

Nationwide, Thailand

December 5th is a public holiday in honor of the late king, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The Thai monarch was born on December 5th, and this date is also celebrated as “Father’s Day,” in recognition of the man who is fondly and respectfully regarded as the “Father of The Nation.”

His Majesty the Late King's Birthday

Constitution Day

10 December

Nationwide, Thailand

The Constitution Day in Thailand is a day to remember the adoption of the country’s first permanent constitution in 1932. In Bangkok and throughout the country, there are Constitution Day parades, fireworks shows, and numerous representations of the present and past kings of Thailand on display everywhere, ending the Gregorian new year on a patriotic note.

Constitution Day

Martin Jeromin

Sales Team Leader - German, English Speaking Market

I was born and raised in German, but my heritage is a mix of German and Korean. I arrived in Thailand in 2012. From the beginning, I had a deep connection with this interesting, great country and especially with the beauty of this culture. Before joining Easia Travel Thailand in February 2019 I was working for various DMCs in Bangkok. Now I am in charge of the German and English speaking Sales Team in Thailand.

As I was traveling to many South East Asian Countries I could gain great experiences while enjoying Bangkok as a home base. With my travel experiences, I love to inspire other travelers on their journey with the everlasting enthusiasm that travel let you grow as a person and differentiate between what is important in life and maybe not.

Hoa Blin-Nguyen

Sales Manager

I love the tranquil countryside of Nghe An, Vietnam, where I was born and raised. It’s a very peaceful, lush, green area.

Before my start at Easia in Thailand in 2017, I spent almost 6 years living in France with my husband. One of my most memorable trips was to Japan. It is an amazing country with beautiful scenes of nature, stunning temples and shrines, and, of course, very delicious food!

Pichet Thammapan

Sales Executive - French Speaking Market

I was born and raised in Saraburi, a small town near Bangkok. It’s a very peaceful place where everyone knows each other. Since studying French at university, I have developed a passion for French history, culture and architecture. After graduating, I joined Easia Travel in 2018. Working in the travel industry brings me joy and inspires me to explore new places and experiences. One of my most memorable trips was to Chiang Mai. I loved the beautiful landscapes of Doi Inthanon.

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Sales Executive - French Speaking Market

I grew up in a small peaceful province in northern Thailand, called Lampang. It’s full of charm and is surrounded by stunning scenery. When I joined Easia Thailand in 2018, my passion for travel really began to grow. Visiting Vang Vieng, Laos, was one of my most memorable vacations as I really enjoyed the landscape, local food, weather and people. I love traveling to different destinations, because I believe that each unique experience fills my soul and enriches my life.

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Sales Executive - French Speaking Market

T was born in Pathum Thani, a province where there are paddy fields in the East and industrial parks in the West. I studied French before joining Easia Travel in 2019, and I am happy to be part of a multinational team.
I love visiting historical sites and learning about Thai history. I have never had the chance to travel abroad, but if I can one day, the first destination I would to go to is Egypt. I’d love to see the pyramids and one of the most ancient cities in the world, Alexandria.

Panjaporn Chan-In

Sales Executive - German Speaking Market

I was born in Bangkok and did my exchange year in Solingen, Germany when I was in high school. It was one of the best years of my life, where I had a chance to improve my German, see new places and also got to know many new German friends. I loved the language and culture so much that I continued to study German at university. Traveling is my passion, and I joined the German-speaking team at Easia Travel Bangkok in 2017. In my free time, I love hanging out with friends, traveling to beach destinations and exploring new places.

Nitcha Ngamanurak

Sales Executive - German Market

I started working with Easia Travel Thailand back in 2017. It was my very first job, and here I found my passion for traveling. I had never been abroad before I started working for Easia. It is incredible to have had the chance to visit Laos, Japan and Europe, all within a year. I mostly travel alone, but always come back with friends. I couldn’t live without Thai food, but after exploring various dishes, I am now more open to cuisine of other cultures. You’ll never know if you don’t try, right?

Apichaya Promjart

Sales Executive

I live in Nonthaburi, a lively little town near the vibrant famous city of Bangkok.

I dream of exploring the world. Adventurous trips are my favorite ones and the first trip I started planning on my own was a camping, trekking and rafting trip to Nan, a province in the northern part of Thailand.

In 2017, I joined Easia Travel. Here my work reflects my passion. To me traveling is not just something fun – it’s an educational journey. I have so many places on my wish list that I would love to discover.

Nattawan Tharaworn

Sales Executive

I was born in Ratchaburi province, where the very popular floating market, Damnoen Saduak, is situated. I had the opportunity to travel to a foreign country (France) for the first time in 2007. I loved France’s fantastic architecture and romantic ambience. French cuisine is delicious and I especially love “Confit de canard”.

Apart from my first memorable trip to France, I also had the chance to explore several other European countries, such as The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Andorra and Germany. I joined Easia Travel in 2018, and here I have the opportunity to combine my passion with work.

Punyacha Prankchaikul

Quality Executive

I was born and grew up in Thailand. I have a passion for going beyond my comfort zone to explore new places around the world. During high school I got the opportunity to live in Germany to learn German.

After graduating from university, I decided to join Easia in 2019. I love to encounter different cultures and collect unforgettable experiences. Nothing can stop my passion for traveling, and my next adventure will entail savoring magical moments during my holiday in Spain!

Vincent Roudaut

Product Supervisor

I worked in France for tour operators specializing in Southeast Asian destinations, before joining Easia Travel in 2018. For a long time I have had a deep connection with Asia. Firstly because of my grandmother’s Vietnamese roots, and secondly because of all the trips I was privileged to take part in to various destinations here.

Working in Thailand opened up a new adventure for me, working with and learning from a new culture in the bea

‎Bram Van den Bossche‎

Office Manager & Product Supervisor

I was born in a small town near Antwerp in Belgium. I had a great time growing up there because everyone knew everyone and there was always something to do.

Traveling to Thailand for the first time in 2004 was my first encounter with a different culture. Experiencing the variety of colors, smells and tastes, combined with the nice weather and hospitality, really changed my life.

After working all over Southeast Asia for almost a decade, I settled down in Chiang Mai, Thailand and joined Easia Travel in 2016.

Wantanee Srinuan

Product Executive

I was born and grew up in Bangkok, which I think is one of the most traditional and attractive cities in the world. I love to travel in Thailand and but also to other countries, visiting unique places and meeting different people. I like to learn how they live, and try to understand their food, culture, traditions, and faiths.

I have a passion for Thailand and joining Easia Travel in 2018 seemed like the perfect fit!