Thailand, situated in Southeast Asia, is a hugely popular tourist destination and it really isn’t hard to see why. Some of the finest beaches you can find anywhere in the world, the most glorious crystal clear waters warmed by the sun, coupled with beautiful lush jungles is just a glimpse of what you can expect to find in Thailand. Once you’re finished on the beach there is so much more to see and do. The abundance of amazing food teases the senses and fuels you on your jungle trek around ancient temples. This can all be done on a budget, with Thailand’s goods and services being very cheap, offering some of the best bang for your buck anywhere on earth.
Thailand also has many breathtaking airports; Koh Samui airport is regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world. Grab one of our cheap flights there and your first experience of Thailand paradise will be of open-air terminals, exotic fish aquariums and world class cuisine. Don Mueang International airport is one of the most bizarre in Thailand, with flights here having to negotiate an 18 hole golf course located in between the two runways!
Weather & Climate
Thailand is quite hot and humid all year around with temperatures around 28-35°C. November to the end of February is the coolest period, there isn’t much rain and temperatures are at their lowest. This is the most popular time to visit, especially around Christmas and New Year’s, or at Chinese New Year. From March to June the temperatures really start getting hot, with temperatures as high as 40°C. Great for lazy days on the beach but not so great if you’re looking to partake in much activity other than lifting a cocktail to your lips. Rainy season runs from July to October, peaking in September when tropical monsoons hit most of the country.
History & Culture
Dating back to the Neolithic civilization situated in Ban Chiang, the history of Thailand is long and well documented. The history of Thailand as we know it began when the kingdoms of Lan Na and Sukhothai established developed societies in the North and Central regions of Thailand in the 13th and 14th centuries. Nowadays a heavily Buddhist country, much of Thai culture surrounds the myriad temples and shrines that are found all over the country.
- Thailand’s name in the Thai language is Prathet Thai, which means “Land of the Free.” It is the only country in Southeast Asia that was never colonized by a European nation.
- Buddhism is the country’s main religion – it is practiced by 95 percent of the population.
- The full name of Bangkok is Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit. It means “City of Angels, Great City of Immortals, Magnificent City of the Nine Gems, Seat of the King, City of Royal Palaces, Home of Gods Incarnate, Erected by Visvakarman at Indra’s Behest.”
The people of Thailand are friendly and respectful, so here are a few tips to help you repay their hospitality. Try to be conscious and respectful of the Buddhist religion, be modest, be ready to take your shoes off to go into temples and be particularly respectful of the monks. It’s probably best to avoid making jokes about the Thai royal family. Bear in mind that it is considered very rude to put your feet up, or point them at someone.