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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
Nearest Airport

Phuket (HKT) Airport

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

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

Chiang Mai presents an ideal blend between history, city life and countryside. Scattered across the northern gateway are intricate temples of varying architectural styles, ages, and significance. Beyond the spectacular sites travelers will find affordable and plentiful shopping options, diverse street food, a lively and seemingly endless night market, and a stunning mountainous landscape. Here visitors can meet and interact with local minority hill tribes and discover traditions and practices entirely different to their own. 

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Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Art & Culture, Gastronomy
Best time to visit
From October to April
Nearest Airport

Chiang Mai Airport (CNX)

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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
Nearest Airport

Phuket International Airport (HKT)

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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

A convergence point where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet to form the famous Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai is a city of diverse cultural influences and intriguing ancient history. The quieter counterpart to its sister city, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai may not have much in the form of nightlife, but offers travelers a wonderful collection of temples, art, music and cuisine. It’s a slow-moving destination ideal for a relaxed getaway, with amazing sites – like the White Temple – that are guaranteed to amaze.

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Travel Types
Classic, Honeymoon, Family Travel, Art & Culture, Differently Abled, Wellness
Best time to visit
From October to February
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
Nearest Airport

Hua Hin Airport (HHQ)

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

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 Pi Leh Cove, Viking Cave, Monkey Beach, and Bamboo Island.

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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

Bangkok, “The City of Angels”, is an enigmatic wonder filled with delightful contrasts. A place of fascinating history where golden, elaborate temples abound, set against a bustling, modern cityscape. There is an endless list of things to see and do here, and travelers will be surprised at every bend and turn. Fantastic shopping options (from elegant malls to busy market stalls that sell charming souvenirs), an eclectic burgeoning art scene, and a feast of culinary choices (both world-renowned international restaurants and exciting local street food) are just the start of what awaits visitors to the unconventional city.

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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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Quick Facts

Neighboring countries: Myanmar and Laos to the north, Myanmar to the west, Laos and Cambodia to the east, and Malaysia to the south.

 

Area: 514,000 sq km (200,000 sq miles)

 

Population: 71.75 million (2023)

 

Capital: Bangkok

 

Time Zone: GMT+7 hours

 

Religion: Buddhism (93.58%), Islam (4.94%), Christianity (1.20%), Hinduism (0.06%), other religions (0.11%)

 

Language: Thai

 

Currency:  Thai Bath – THB ($1 = 36.4135 THB – June 2024)

 

Electric Plug Used: 230V and 50Hz; there are four associated plug types, types A, B, and C. Plug type A is the plug that has two flat parallel pins, plug type B has two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin and plug type C has two round pins.

 

Last update: June 2024

Visa & Travel Permissions

Visa Exemptions

Citizens from the following countries are entitled to a 60 – day Visa-free stay when they enter Thailand via an international airport or a listed checkpoint from neighboring countries. Passport holders must be visiting for tourism purposes only and must have a confirmed return ticket to show they are flying out of Thailand within 60 days of entry; open tickets do not qualify.

  • Mauritius, Morocco, South Africa, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Uruguay, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Bahrain, Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tonga.

Citizens from the following countries are entitled to a visa-free stay of up to 90 days in Thailand: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Korea, and Peru.

Citizens from Myanmar are entitled to enter Thailand for a maximum of 14 days without a visa.

 

e-Visa – USD82

The e-visa fee is USD82 or equivalent, applicable to all nationalities. Applications are only accepted if the applicant is outside Thailand and in countries where e-visa services are available.

Tourists can apply E-Visa at https://thaievisa.go.th/.

 

Visa on Arrival

Passport holders of the following countries/ territories may apply for a Visa on Arrival.

  • Namibia, Seychelles, Tunisia, Bolivia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Paraguay, Venezuela, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Malta, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu.

 

Caution: Travelers ineligible for Thailand’s Visa on Arrival or Visa Exemption must obtain a visa from a Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate before arrival.

 

Last update: June 2024

Baggage Allowances

Both international and domestic flights usually include a baggage allowance of 20kg for one checked luggage and 7kg for one carry-on. However, baggage allowances vary depending on the airline travelers use.

 

Please refer to your airline’s website for more information about baggage allowances and extra fees.

 

Last update: June 2024

Seasonality

The rainy season in Thailand typically spans from May to October, with the wettest months running from August to October. However, the timing and intensity of the rainy season can vary significantly across different regions of the country. For instance, the Gulf Coast of the southern peninsula, including areas like Ko Samui, experiences heavy rainfall later in the year, sometimes extending into early December. On the other hand, Koh Samui, Koh Tao, and Koh Phangan typically enjoy sunny weather even during the rainy season, with occasional storms lasting no more than a couple of hours.

 

In the north of Thailand, in regions like Chiang Mai, the weather patterns during the rainy season are slightly different. The north also experiences its rainy season from May to October, similar to the rest of Thailand, but the amount and frequency of rainfall can vary within this period. The rain in the north is often less intense compared to the southern regions and is usually characterized by shorter, sporadic downpours.

View more details of Thailand’s weather here.

 

Last update: June 2024

Access & Transportation

Flying into Thailand

Over 70 international airlines operate in Thailand, including major carriers such as Air France, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Lufthansa, United Airlines, and Swiss Air.

 

The main airports in Thailand are:

Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok (BKK)

  • Services: Suvarnabhumi Airport, an international hub, provides direct flights from 135 airports spanning 131 cities in 51 countries.
  • It is located 31 km outside of the city center. The transfer from the city center to the airport takes around 1 hour.

Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)

  • Services: Chiang Mai International Airport offers direct flights from 32 airports across 30 cities in 10 countries.
  • It is located 6 km outside of the city center. The transfer from the city center to the airport takes around 45 minutes.

Phuket International Airport (HKT)

  • Services: Phuket International Airport, the third largest in Thailand, serves as an international hub with direct flights from 24 countries.
  • It is located 37 km outside of the city center. The transfer from the city center to the airport takes around 1 hour.

Hat Yai International Airport (HDY)

  • Services: Hat Yai has direct international flights from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, as well as non-stop domestic flights from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Udon Thani.
  • It is located 19 km outside of the city center. The transfer from the city center to the airport takes around 25 minutes.

 

Getting to Thailand by Land – Border Crossings

Thailand/Laos: Huay Xai/Chiang Khong, Vientiane/Nong Khai, Savannakhet/Mukdahan

Thailand/Cambodia: Aranyaprathet/Poipet, Hat Lek/Koh Kong, Chong Jom/O’Smach

TO’Smach/Malaysia: Sungai Kolok, Betong, Sadao, Pedang Besar

 

Domestic Flights

Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, and low-cost carriers provide frequent services between critical locations, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Krabi.

 

Getting around Thailand by Bus

Long-distance buses are ubiquitous in Thailand; Bangkok has many bus stations to join destinations such as Pattaya, Hua Hin, Ayutthaya, Cha Am, and Kanchanaburi.

 

Trains

Passengers can travel by train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok to 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
  • Bangkok to Surat Thani (the launching point for boats to Koh Samui)
  • Bangkok to Ayutthaya
  • Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

In 2023, Thailand launched new sleeper carriages and routes:

  • Special Express No.9/10 to Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • Special Express No.23/24 to Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani
  • Special Express No.25/26 to Bangkok to Nong Khai
  • Special Express No.31/32 to Bangkok to Hat Yai

 

Getting around Bangkok

BTS Skytrain: Elevated, rapid transit system connecting central districts and tourist destinations.

MRT Underground: Complements the BTS with deeper urban penetration, especially in areas not served by the Skytrain, featuring two lines (Blue and Purple) that connect central Bangkok with the suburbs.

Airport Rail Link (ARL): Direct access from Suvarnabhumi Airport to the city center, connecting the BTS and the MRT.

Taxis and Tuk-Tuks: Readily available throughout the city, offering door-to-door service at reasonable rates. Taxis are metered, while tuk-tuk fares should be negotiated beforehand.

Chao Phraya River Boats: A scenic and efficient way to travel, especially to historical sites along the river, with various lines, including express and tourist boats.

Canal Boats (Khlong Boats): Serve as a speedy alternative to avoid road traffic, particularly useful in the old town and for accessing commercial areas.

 

Taxi’s & Tuk-tuks

While taxis are available, tuk-tuks are the most common means of getting around urban areas. We recommend travelers download the Grab mobile app to book tuk-tuks and taxis. The app will allow them to pin their location and destination and indicate the price of the fair, avoiding the need to negotiate or the risk of getting scammed.

 

Last update: June 2024

Dos & Don’ts

“Buddha is not for decoration. Respect is common sense.”

It is strongly advised that travelers should not buy Buddha images as souvenirs. Thailand Customs retains the right to confiscate any Buddha image travelers may try to carry out of the country.

 

When Visiting a Temple

  • Respect Buddhism – Religion is very important for Thai people, especially Buddhism because it is the most practiced religion in Thailand. This is why the law protects Buddhism.
  • 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.
  • Don’t touch the Buddha image – 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; they wait in the sign of respect.

When Greeting a Thai

  • Do traditionally greet people – The Thai wai of greeting people is the way. Press your palms near your chest and bow slightly to make a wai. The more important the person is, the higher your hands and the lower your bow has to be. You don’t need to wait at receptionists, chambermaids, and children. To greet people, women say “Sawadtii khaa” and men “Sawadtii khap”.
  • Be open – Questions about marital status, age, or wage are standard and not perceived as intrusive.
  • Don’t shake hands – Physical contact with someone you don’t know is uncommon in Thailand.

When Interacting with Thai

  • Do talk with kindness
  • Do smile – The smile is a charming accessory of Thai personality and an unquestionable sign of respect. Use it to avoid embarrassing situations and ask for forgiveness for misunderstandings.
  • Don’t touch people’s heads – According to Thai culture, the soul lives in the head. Consequently, only the close family can feel a sacred body part.
  • Don’t show the soles – Feet and soles must not be pointed or shown to people or Buddha figures. It could be considered as an insult.

About a King

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

  • Don’t have close contacts – It is better to avoid demonstrations of public affection. It could feel not very comfortable for Thai people.

When in a Restaurant

  • Chopsticks are less common than forks and spoons in Thailand.
    • Don’t wave – Avoid making a wave or raising your finger to call a server.

When Invited to Someone’s Home

  • Do Bring a Gift – Flowers, liquors, or candies are suitable presents when invited to someone’s place.
  • Do take off your shoes – When entering 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 brings bad luck to those living in the house.

Follow Our Childsafe Policy here.

 

Last update: June 2024

Money & Budget

National Currency

The local currency is the Thai Baht (THB), and one Baht comprises 100 Satang.

The official exchange rate is $1 = 35.50 THB (March 2024)

 

ATMs

ATM or bank cash machines are widely available throughout the country.

 

Currency Exchange

Banks and authorized money changers can change money and accept significant currencies. The best exchange rate is from US Dollars to Bath, but cheques have an even better rate.

 

Credit Cards

Hotels, restaurants, travel agents, tourist shops, or department stores accept the most common credit cards such as Visa, Master Card, Amex, or Diners.

 

Tips

Tipping in Thailand is not mandatory, but it is appreciated as a gesture of thanks for good service.

In restaurants, while not expected, leaving a tip of 10-20 baht for small bills or rounding up to the nearest hundred for more significant amounts is common.

For taxi rides, rounding up the fare or tipping 20-50 baht is appreciated, especially if the driver is helpful and avoids heavy traffic efficiently.

A 20-50 baht tip for bellhops or housekeeping is customary in hits. However, it’s important to note that a service charge is often included in the bill in more upscale establishments, making additional tipping optional.

 

Bargaining

Bargaining is a part of Thai culture. You must remember that everything (or almost everything) is worth a specific price, but the price varies (sometimes a lot) according to the client, so bargaining is essential!

 

Travelers must be careful, however, not to offend the vendor, to keep smiling, and to stay polite in any circumstance. Travelers shouldn’t push too much and should not bargain in places with fixed prices.

 

Last update: June 2024

Foods

Thai dishes travelers are likely to come across:

  • Pad Thai (Stir-Fried Noodles): Pad Thai is a stir-fried rice noodle dish with bean sprouts, onion, egg, and a mix of flavors like fish sauce, dried shrimp, garlic, red chili, and palm sugar. It’s often made with seafood or other meats and garnished with lime, peanuts, and herbs.
  • Tom Yum Goong (Hot and Sour Soup with Shrimp): Tom Yum is a Thai hot and sour soup loaded with fresh prawns, mushrooms, and a hint of coconut cream, best served with steamed white rice.
  • Khao Soi (Coconut Curry Noodle Soup): From Northern Thailand, Khao Soi is a coconut curry noodle soup with chicken, beef, pork, or vegetarian options.
  • Phat Kaphrao (Stir-Fried Basil with minced meat): A popular Thai stir-fry, Pad Kraphoa, combines minced meat or seafood with fragrant holy basil, shallots, garlic, and chili peppers. Served over rice, it’s topped with a fried or sunny-side-up egg.
  • Gaeng Daeng (Red Curry): Thai red curry, with its signature color from red chilies, is made with coconut milk and can include chicken, beef, shrimp, tofu, or veggies like bamboo shoots and bell peppers. The coconut milk balances the heat, creating a flavorful dish.
  • Som Tam (Spicy Green Papaya Salad): Originating from Isaan, Thailand, Som Tam is a vibrant salad blending sour, spicy, sweet, and salty flavors. It pairs deliciously with Isaan staples like sticky rice and grilled chicken.
  • Khao Niao Mamuang (Mango Sticky Rice): Thai dessert Khao Niao Mamuang is sweet, sticky rice served with ripe mango slices. Best enjoyed during the mango season, this treat offers a delightful sweetness whether enjoyed for breakfast, after a meal, or as a standalone dessert.

 

Last update: June 2024

Import & Export Restrictions

Import regulations:

Free import by each passenger holding a passport of his own, irrespective of age:

  • 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco or equal weight of cigars;
  • One liter of alcoholic beverages.

 

Free import for non-residents:

  • For holders of transit visas or who can obtain a visa on arrival: up to THB 10,000 per person or THB 20,000 per family.
  • For holders of tourist visas: up to THB 20,000 per person or THB 40,000 per family.

 

Prohibited (without license):

  • Drugs of a narcotic nature, e.g., heroin.
  • Gold bullion. If no import license is available, it can be left in a customs bond at the airport of entry and retrieved on departure.
  • Meat from any country affected by Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow and foot-and-mouth diseases, including all EU Member States.

 

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

Firearms and ammunition, incl. explosive articles and fireworks, require a firearm transport permit. For further details, please contact www.caat.or.th/en or the Ministry of Interior at www.dopa.go.th.

 

Wild Fauna and Flora:

Importing certain endangered species of plants, live animals, and their products is prohibited or restricted under CITES.

For further details, please refer to CITES at www.cites.org.

 

Additional Information on regulations:

  • A declaration of goods acquired abroad is required if the total value exceeds THB 10,000.- per person.
  • Plants and parts of plants require a license issued by the Department of Agriculture, see www.doa.go.th.

 

Export regulations:

Free export of tobacco products and tobacco: any quantity.

Prohibited (without license):

  •  Antiques or objects of art, whether officially registered as art or not;
  • Religious articles (excluding one small Buddha image generally carried on a person).

Crew members customs regulations: The same restrictions apply to passengers.

 

Pets:

Pets must be accompanied by:

  • An Import Permit obtained in advance from the Department of Livestock Development (DLD). Tel: 66 2 6534425. Email: qsap_bkk@dld.go.th; and
  • A health certificate completed in English and signed or further endorsed by a full-time authorized veterinary official of the exporting country’s government. Importers contact the Animal Quarantine Station at the airport of entry at least 15 days before importation.

The health certificate must state all required vaccinations, which are for cats and dogs:

  • Vaccination against rabies if the country has not been rabies-free for the last 12 months. The vaccination certificate must be issued at least 21 days before departure;
  • Vaccination against distemper, hepatitis, and parvovirus at least 21 days before departure;
  • Dogs must also be vaccinated against Leptospirosis at least 21 days before departure or tested for Leptospirosis with negative results 30 days before departure.

Birds: The country of origin must be free from Avian Influenza, and the bird must have been a resident of the country of origin for less than six weeks or since hatching. Birds must be kept in isolation or quarantine under the supervision of an authorized veterinary official for 21 days before shipment.

 

All pets are subjected to quarantine at approved premises for at least 30 days upon arrival at the expense of the importer/owner.

 

Pets may enter as passenger’s checked baggage, in the cabin, or as cargo.

 

Prohibited: import of Pitbull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier.

 

Export: Export permit required.

 

Baggage Clearance regulations: Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in Thailand.

 

Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (Baht-THB): up to THB 50,000.- per person or THB 100,000.- per family holding one passport.

Foreign currencies: unlimited. However, the amount of foreign currency exceeds USD 20,000.- (or equivalent) must be declared to a Customs Officer upon arrival by all travelers.

 

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Baht-THB): up to THB 50,000.- per person or THB 100,000.- per family holding one passport.

Foreign currencies: unlimited. However, the amount of foreign currency exceeds USD 20,000.- (or equivalent) must be declared to a Customs Officer upon departure by all travelers.

 

Last update: June 2024

Health

Before going to Thailand, travelers should be up-to-date on routine vaccines. These vaccines include the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and yearly flu shot.

 

The World Health Organization recommends vaccinations against Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, and Japanese Encephalitis.

 

Malaria and Dengue fever are diseases that can be transmitted by mosquitoes, especially during the rainy season. Travelers should regularly protect themselves with repellent by smearing themselves and their clothes. The most efficient repellents are made with DEET.

 

The sale of medicines is less regulated than in Europe, counterfeit products are standard in Thailand, and pharmacies sell drugs without medical prescriptions. We advise seeing a doctor before buying any medications and buying them in licensed pharmacies and hospital outlets.

 

Last update: June 2024

Emergency Contacts

Your home embassy may be able to assist with advice during emergencies or serious problems. You might want to register before you arrive so the embassy staff will know where to reach you in an emergency at home.

If calling a Thai emergency number, you may have to ask for the aid of a Thai speaker because there might not be an English-speaking operator on the line:

  • 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

 

Bangkok

BNH Hospital
Telephone: +66 20 220 700
Adress: 9/1, Convent Road Silom, Bangrak Bangkok 10500, Thailand

Bumrungrad Hospital
+66 20 668 888
33 Soi Sukhumvit 3, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

 

Chiang Mai

Bangkok Hospital Chiang Mai
Telephone: +66 52 089 888
Address: 88/8-9 Moo 6, Nong Pa Khrang Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50000

 

Last update: June 2024

What to prepare?

Pre-departure Tasks

Your passport must be valid for at least six months before expiration. Don’t ignore trips, baggage, and medical insurance. For vaccinations and medicines, visit your doctor before you travel.

Clothes

  • Clothing should be lightweight and of the drip-dry variety. You will be in the sun often, so long sleeves and a broad 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 multiple pockets for day trips. Long trousers that turn into shorts are ideal.
  • For trekking, lightweight, long shorts (for modesty purposes) are acceptable.
  • The bathing suits should be modest so as not to offend the locals.
  • Hat for protection from the sun. It 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 need sturdy, comfortable boots for trekking or walking around. They will need to support your ankles and have a non-slip sole.
  • Waterproof sandals for those short trips and boating.
  • Some bright casual clothes for the evenings and visiting restaurants.

Pharmacy

  • Insect 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. (paracetamol is recommended – aspirin can be dangerous in case of dengue fever)
  • Cold-symptom relief tablets, antihistamines, cough drops
  • Adequate quantity of sweat-resistant sunscreen with at least an SPF 15 rating or higher and lip balm with sunscreen
  • Antibiotics
  • 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 tablets and liquid (in leak-proof bottle).
    • Medical prescriptions if you travel with prescription drugs.

Others

  • ID pictures for visa
  • At least 30 USD in cash for the visa fee
  • Passport and essential documents’ photocopies in case of loss

 

Last update: June 2024

Chiang Rai Flower Festival

28 Dec 2023 - 15 Jan 2024

Chiang Rai, Thailand

The cool weather and hilly climate of the Northern Province of Chiang Rai make it the perfect place to grow many different types of flower and plant that wouldn’t normally be found in Thailand.
There will be ‘khom’ or lantern displays at the event so the gardens can be enjoyed night and day.
As well as the elegant beauty of the flowers, there will be different activities to enjoy, including a photo contest, flower painting competition, cultural shows, local product and food fairs, and musical performances.

Chiang Rai Flower Festival

Bo Sang Umbrella and Sankhampaeng Crafts Festival

19-21 January 2024

Bo Sang & Sankhampaeng, Thailand

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

Bo Sang Umbrella and Sankhampaeng Crafts Festival

Chiang Mai Flower Festival

2-4 February 2024

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. Throughout the three-day festival, the old city of Chiang Mai is delicately decorated with 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

10 - 13 Feb 2024

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 centered around the Odeon Gate. Many will wear red and peruse the area for 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

24 Feb 2024

Nationwide, Thailand

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

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 occur 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

Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony

17 March

Wat Maha That, Ayutthaya Historical Park, Ayutthaya, Thailand

The annual World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony is set to return in its 15th year, giving the opportunity for hundreds of Muay Thai practitioners from around the world to express their heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to their masters in the time-honored tradition known as the Wai Kru ceremony, as well as to celebrate the age-old martial art of Muay Thai.

Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony

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 on a weekend, 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 the residents of Bangkok. Today, Rama X, the tenth Chakri king, still reigns. He and the 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

13-15 April 2024

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

10-13 May 2024

Isaan, Thailand

Isaan has traditionally and predominantly been a tranquil, rural farming area, yet holds one of Thailand’s most unusual and incredible festivals yearly. 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

10 May 2024

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 ways. The royal planting occurs at the outset of the rice-growing season and consists of two sacred oxen that pull a decorative plow, accompanied by traditionally costumed men who plant rice in the furrow. The oxen are also fed rice, grass, and 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

22 May 2024

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 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 temples around Thailand to catch a glimpse of the celebrations.

Visakha Bucha Day

Phi Ta Khon Festival Day

Annually in June

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

20 July 2024

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

21 July 2024

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

19 - 21 July 2024

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

03 June 2024

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

2nd – 11th October 2024

Nationwide, Thailand

Throughout Thailand, many Thai people (especially those with Chinese heritage) observe the Taoist lent period, which lasts for 9 days and 9 nights. Thailand’s Vegetarian Festival marks this, 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 also learned much through formal schooling. As a student, he studied biology, swordsmanship, engineering, English, and anthropology, making him a beloved King and an extremely accomplished one.

Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

Loy Krathong

15 Nov 2024

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

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 fondly and respectfully regarded as the “Father of The Nation.”

His Majesty the Late King's Birthday

Constitution Day

10 December

Nationwide, Thailand

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 Thailand’s present and past kings on display everywhere, ending the Gregorian New Year on a patriotic note.

Constitution Day

Wai Lin Tun

Sales Senior Manager

I was born in Yangon. I love my hometown as there is a diverse ethnic community living in harmony.

I joined Easia Travel Myanmar in 2013 and left the company for further studies in the UK after one year. When I arrived in Myanmar in 2015, I joined the company again, so there’s a strong connection between me and the company. It was the trip to Chiang Mai in 2016, which I still find very memorable and exciting until now. I like the town as it has a rich culture similar to neighboring countries.

I want to visit the Putao area in the northernmost part of my country to try advanced hiking in the Snowcapped Mountains.
Besides traveling, I love to read and sing.

 

Zar Yi Hnin

Sales Team Leader - German Speaking Market

I was born in beautiful Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar. It’s famous for its glittering pagodas and old colonial buildings.

I joined the Easia Travel family in 2016, and I’m happily coordinating with my team now. One of my favorite trips was to Keng Tung in eastern Shan State. Pristine mountain landscapes and isolated hill tribe villages surround it. My dream trip is to go to Berlin. It’s a charming city full of history and fun facts. I would love to see the Berlin Wall.

 

Suvaree Uamkhao (Tan)

Operations and Quality Manager

‎Bram Van den Bossche‎

Vice Director & Product Manager

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.