Home to picture-perfect white sandy beaches, intricately built temples, incredible street food, and a strong cultural heritage, Thailand is one of those places that has something for everyone. Whether you want to come here to explore more of its rich cultural heritage, or simply to bask in one of their many beaches and nightly parties, Thailand has easily become one of our favorite countries in Southeast Asia.
The best time to travel to Thailand is during the cool and dry season between November and early April. In the south, the climate differences between the eastern and western coasts. The west coast is more favorable during the winter months, diving and snorkeling is the best sport to do during this period. The weather on the east coast is good for most of the year, with the lowest rainfall in January and February and the highest in November.
The transport network in Thailand is quite dense and can take you almost anywhere in the country at least by bus. The bus is the most popular mean of transport and the most used by Thai people. There are also many mini-vans companies. The train serves the four cardinal points but not all major cities. There is no train to popular tourist destinations such as Phuket and Sukhothai.
With sacred spiritual sites complemented by modern museums, hip galleries, and other cerebral attractions, Thailand is the perfect place for an injection of culture. Bangkok, especially, is awash with international-class museums and plenty of contemporary art. For the more traditional side of Thai culture, bask in the history and grandeur of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. The nation’s long and storied history of majestic Buddhist kingdoms can also be witnessed at sites like Sukhothai and Ayutthaya—both former capitals. Chiang Mai, the northern capital, has an incredible array of wats (Buddhist temples) as well as a youthful and happening art scene centered upon Niemenhaemin Road.
Thai cuisine is much loved internationally and Thai restaurants are a feature of most large cities around the world. In 2011 according to an online CNN poll, Thai dishes featured more than the dishes of any other country. Thai cuisine is a complex fusion of sweet, sour, salty, spicy and bitter flavors that are balanced in a way that creates ‘harmony’.
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