It’s not surprising if you’ve been attracted to the Land of the Smiles. Thailand is noted for its warm people, martial arts, rich culture, unique spices, and great beaches. Made up of many islands this country is full of natural resources and great finds such as organic soap, coconut oil, aromatic products, wooden arts and crafts, and silk. Many tourists consider this place a hidden gem where almost everything is affordable and of good quality. There are so many tourist attractions in Thailand that one trip is not enough. Try visiting multiple times to immerse yourself fully and appreciate its beauty.

Generally having a great tropical climate, the best time to be here is between November and April, when the temperature is at an ideal 29℃ to 34℃. Bask under the sun, enjoy the clear water or savor its distinct curries and various street food.

Festive Celebrations

While most people search for the ideal tourist destinations when going to Thailand, there are also national celebrations you might want to try out:

Songkran (Water Festival)

Also known as Water Festival, is considered one of the most enjoyable festivities in Thailand. Celebrated for 3 days during the Thai New Year in April, prepare to equip yourself with the most radical water gun you can ever find. During the celebration, most shops and establishments temporarily close down so everyone can participate as part of their Buddhist tradition. If in Bangkok, join the party either in Khao San Road or Silom Road. Get ready to party and join the wildest water gun fight ever in your life.

Phi Ta Khon (Ghost Festival)

The Ghost Festival, is a religious tradition that showcases the Thai’s local handicrafts, and ghastly khon masks. This 3-day celebration is filled with games, concerts, lots of dancing, and colorful parades. It’s been said that this essentially celebrates Buddha’s return from a long journey after presuming to be dead. The parties are celebrated with such extravaganza that everyone – living or dead, wouldn’t want to miss it. Check out your June schedule and book yourself a ticket going to Dan Sai Town in the province of Loei.

Yi Peng (Lantern Festival)

If you’re up for a more dramatic and romantic vibe, witness the sky fill up with paper lanterns under the full November moon. Legend has it that a beautiful Sukhothai court named Nang Noppamus, known for her cleverness and talent, created the first paper lantern in the shape of a lotus flower. It was presented as a gift to King Ramhamhaeng who was impressed by the design. Upon acceptance, they set it in the water with a lighted candle on top.

Places to be

Beaches

  • Koh Phi Phi

If you’ve been enthralled by Leonardo Di Caprio’s movie, The Beach, then better pack your swimming gear and head to Koh Phi Phi. It is composed of many islets that offer you different experiences. You may explore Monkey Beach and interact with macaques, or try Long Beach if you want more privacy. If you want to see the actual film set of Leo’s film, ask your tour guide to bring you to Maya Bay and go snorkel in the clear reef.

How to get there: 

Take a 2-hour ferry from Rassada Pier in Phuket. You can also opt to go via Krabi or Koh Lanta. Private speedboats are also available, at a higher cost.

  • Tonsai Beach

If you want some backpacking, rustic experience, Tonsai Beach might get your interest. It is located in Krabi province, which is accessible only by boat. You can go rock climbing, kayaking, or hiking during the day. Before winding down in the evening, you may enjoy some fire dancing and reggae music.

How to get there:

Tonsai is part of the Railay peninsula. From Ao Nang and Noppharat Thara beaches, you can take short long tail boats. Journey is only 15 minutes, but low tides can sometimes halt trips temporarily.

Shopping

  • Walking Street, Chiang Mai

Thailand homes various street markets open throughout the year. Chiang Mai is one big city that crowds on a warm Sunday. It has 8 walking streets. The three (3) most popular include: Nimman, Wu Lai, and Tha Phea. Indulge in street food, silver, clothes, home furnishings, souvenirs, accessories, and a lot more. Don’t worry about getting bored because there are bars and shops to keep you entertained with live music and good company.

How to get there:

The famous walking street runs a very long stretch starting from Tha Pae Gate up to Ratchadamnoen Rd. Coming from Bangkok, there are many ways to go to Chang Mai:

  1. Train – 11 to 15 hours
  2. Bus – 9 to 11 hours
  3. Airplane – 1 to 2 hours
  • Floating Market

There is quite a selection of floating markets in Bangkok, each having its specialty. Below are the most popular:

  • Damnoen Saduak

Situated an hour outside of Bangkok, it’s best to arrive before 9 am. Enjoy long-tail boat rides down the canal to shop, and see remote villages and plantations.

How to get there:

From Bangkok, buses depart every 40 minutes going to Damnoen Saduak. A 50 Baht trip will drop you off 1 km away from the main market. From there, you have to hire a boat going to the market. You can also take a taxi, but it will cost you more.

  • Bang Kachao

Known for its papaya groves and coconut trees, it’s also referred to as Bangkok’s Green Lung. Many love it for its cycling paths, organic produce, and honey market.

How to get there:

MRT Blue Line: From Bangkok, ride the train going to Khlong Toei station. From there, you may hail a cab going to Khlong Toey Pier. There you can get a 7-minute boat ride going to Bang Krachao.

  • Amphawa

Compared to the others, Amphawa Floating Market is a little less crowded. Many including the locals, love to visit for its fresh seafood selection. Nevertheless, this is the second most popular market, which is 50 kilometers outside Bangkok.

How to get there:

From Bangkok, get to the Southern Bus Terminal and head to Samut Songkram Town (Maelong). From there, take the songthaew going to Amphawa. You can also take a cab, but it will cost you more. Be sure you negotiate. Travel time is about 1 ½ hour.