The Thai capital city of Bangkok is a mixture of miles and miles of street stalls, colourful markets, skyscrapers and historical temples. Thailand itself has beautiful sandy beaches, excellent nightlife, great shopping facilities and amazing food. With the sun shining all year round, you will be spoilt for choice regarding the best time of year to visit Thailand. If you like a bit of a breeze, Thailand is the perfect place thanks to the monsoons from November to February, with temperatures of 25-30°C degrees in Bangkok. March to June is the dry season and can be very hot – temperatures usually hit 35-40°C degrees.
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Thailand is a popular destination for travellers of all ages, particularly with the younger generation as part of gap years. While most visits to Thailand are trouble-free, there are certain precautions you should take to ensure a safe trip.
One issue you may encounter while travelling in Thailand may be travelling itself. There are a high number of road accidents each year, especially involving scooters or motorbikes. Many of the accidents are due to poor vehicle standards and driver ability. If you’re planning to hire a car or motorbike, make sure that it has undergone proper maintenance, is registered correctly and that your insurance covers you to drive on the roads in Thailand.
Crime rates in areas of Thailand are high, with tourists being particularly vulnerable to incidences of theft, pickpocketing and scams. Keep your wits about you, stay in a group if possible and avoid travelling after dark. If you are drinking, don’t leave your drink unattended and be cautious of accepting drinks from strangers.
The penalty for breaking the law in Thailand, particularly for drug-related offences, is extremely severe and can include long prison sentences – sometimes even the death penalty.
Be particularly aware of avoiding animals as rabies is prevalent. Mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever and the Zika virus are present, use 50% DEET insect repellant over your sunscreen during the day to prevent mosquito bites. Japanese encephalitis is rife, so visit your local travel clinic before you depart to get the vaccinations you need for Thailand. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, it is not advisable to visit Thailand.
If you’re visiting to take part in adventure sports, ensure that your travel insurance covers you for the specific activity you are planning. Take extra care when swimming, due to strong tides and jellyfish. Private hospitals in Thailand can be excellent, but public facilities do not have such high standards.
Highlights of Thailand
The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo, which houses the legendary Emerald Buddha.
Wat Pho, Bangkok’s oldest temple featuring the 150-foot-long Reclining Buddha.
The Bangkok National Museum
The Bangkok National Museum.
Visit the many shops, restaurants and bars along Sukhumvit Road.
Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is the second largest island in Thailand. Take a boat ride and explore. The Ang Thong National Marine Park, an archipelago of over 40 islands with breath-taking scenery.
Thailand’s largest island off the Andaman Coast boasts stunning beaches and is an excellent spot for diving and snorkeling.
Thailand’s northern capital, surrounded by beautiful countryside and mountains. It is home to over 300 temples, the soaring Wat Doi Suthep, located just below the summit of Doi Suthep mountain west of central Chiang Mai and the standout temples in the old city, Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Chiang Man.
Take in the Chiang- Mai night bazaar.
Have a traditional Thai Massage.
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