Thailand, the land of smiles, where the past meets the present and extreme permissiveness seamlessly blends with an intoxicating dose of pious religious appeal makes for an indefinable high. Every year, visitors from far and near converge upon the destination to soak in the endless pleasures that this promising land has on offer. Raw natural beauty, sparkling beaches, tantalising cuisines, pulsating fiery nightlife, and that legendary Thai hospitality – perhaps, even the creator will fail to make a complete list of reasons that prompt millions of people to seek out Thailand tickets. Here are some of the most popular destinations of the country.
The ‘city of angels’ assails the visitor with its staggering contrasts of different delights. A few of the gems adorning the city are Wat Arun and Wat Pho temples, National Museum, Royal Grand Palace, Floating Markets and Night Markets, Chinatown, Vimanmek Palace, and Jim Thompson Thai House. Visiting Bangkok is almost synonymous with buying tickets to Thailand or for that matter planning any Thailandtour.
Known as the ‘Pearl of the South’, Phuket remains one of the most popular beach resort destinations on the planet. Mesmerising beaches like Kata, Patong, and Rawai, and fabulous attractions like the Simon Cabaret, Phuket FantaSea, and Chalong Temple wonderfully satiate even the most jaded traveller.
Pattaya is a hit with party animals as well as those looking for some solitude and tranquillity. While time seems to have stopped long back in the fishing villages like Bang Saray and Ang Sila, one can look forward to a mad frenzy of excitement in the numerous nightclubs that become devilishly alive after dusk. Some of the not to be missed attractions are ‘The Sanctuary of Truth’, the surreal Underwater World Pattaya, the unforgettable miniature city of Mini Siam, and the endearing Pattaya Elephant Village.
Best Time to Visit Thailand
Thailand is best visited from November to February when it is somewhat less rainy and the weather is pleasantly cool. However, off season travel is a good idea for taking one’s pick from numerous cheap Thailand flights as airliners flood the market with cheap ticket offers to lure the budget traveller. There are different best times for visiting different parts of Thailand as there are certain regional variations in the weather. Here is a little travel information for climatic conditions in different parts of Thailand.
Central and Eastern Thailand
The summer months are scorching hot in central Thailand and Eastern provinces. The winters last from November to February and are pretty mild. The rainy season starts from the end of May and stretches up to October. The period is marked by pretty frequent torrential downpours.
North and Northeast
The season of Northern Thailand and the Northeast is pretty similar to the central and eastern region. However, winters are much colder and in the mountainous regions, temperatures sometime drop down to freezing point.
Anyone visiting Southern Thailand should know that summer and the rainy seasons are the only two seasons here. The Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea are located on East and West of sides of the Thai peninsula respectively. The months from May to October are best for visiting the Eastern areas likeKoh Samui and Hat Yai. Places on Western side like Phuket, Phang Nga, and Krabi should be visited from November to April. However, to have the best of both the Eastern and Western areas, the months of March to April prove best.
Group Travel in Thailand
There are plenty of options for anyone seeking group travel in Thailand. Dozens of specialist operators offer guided small group tours of the country. Numerous exciting attractions are thrown in these group tours such as touring by riverboats, bicycles, and tuk tuks, jungle treks, snorkelling on coral reefs, and introduction to hill tribes.
Solo Travel in Thailand
Countless adventurous souls from virtually every corner of the world embark on solo travel to Thailand. There are unlimited places for solo travellers to explore in the destination. One of the best places to come across other solo travellers is the Bangkok’s Bengalumpa area. This is also one of the rare places in Thailand, where dormitories are available. However, a lack of dormitories does not mean that one has to settle for business class offers. In fact, cheap holidays are possible in almost every part of the country as there are plenty of modest guesthouses with single and double room options.
Nightlife in Thailand
Thailand’s nightlife is overwhelmingly festive to say the least. Bangkok as well as other regional capitals such as Chiang Mai often host world class music events like ‘Full Moon Parties’. Top global performers like Marilyn Manson and Sting amongst others put up performances. Thailand is also reputed for the spicy side of its nightlife complete with cabarets and Go-Go dances. Enjoy your full-moon party and New Year eve 2011 in Thailand.