Thailand, a dreamy beachside paradise, is a country that has managed to retain its cultural integrity in spite of being a major tourist destination. You can find everything here - from pristine beaches to dense forests, from ancient monasteries to coral reefs, from Buddhist monks to floating markets and finally the fragrant and rich food to treat your taste buds. Moreover, Thai people are among the most hospitable people in the world, which only adds to the overall charm of this place.
Thailand is divided into five geographical and cultural regions:
November - March is the best time to visit Thailand
November to February during the cold and dry season is the best time to visit Thailand. Thailand can broadly be divided into three distinct geographic regions; The North and Central region, the Gulf of Thailand, and the Andaman Sea coast. The best time to visit the Northern and Central region of Thailand is from October until January during summers. The rest of the year receives monsoon spells with an increase in humidity levels. December onwards until March would provide the ideal conditions for tourists hence making it the best time to visit the Gulf of Thailand. This is an excellent time for water sports and other beach activities since the weather is pleasant and windy. April and May are the hottest months of the year in Thailand. The most pleasant time of the year on the west coast of Thailand is from November until March. The monsoon starts to kick in from May to Mid-October on the west coast. The climate in these regions varies significantly throughout the year. The three distinct seasons of Thailand are Summer, Winter and Monsoons. Depending on where in Thailand one visits, the length of these seasons vary. For instance, southern Thailand faces a longer monsoon season than the rest of the country.
Great diving sites.
Deep cultural roots
Not many food options for vegetarians
Expensive transport on islands.
Beach lovers and diving enthusiasts
A destination for Bachelor Trips
There are accommodation options for all kind of travellers in Thailand, from backpackers to luxury travellers. Thailand's budget accommodation consists of hostels, guesthouses and bungalows which are very tourist friendly. The cheapest rooms will cost around THB 150 - 300 for two people. The most popular guesthouses near the tourist centres tend to be full during the peak seasons, so you might want to book them in advance.
The budget hotels are another option to stay in Thailand and cost around THB 160 - 300. These are typically run by Chinese-Thai people and found near bus stations or central markets. The rooms are decent, but there is rarely an on-site restaurant available in these hotels. The mid-ranking hotels cost THB 600 - 2000.
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