Planning Your Holidays in Thailand….Holidays in Thailand can be customized to fit virtually the budgets and personal tastes of any traveler. Because tourism is such a vital part of the Thai economy (it accounts for a larger percentage of Thailand’s GDP than that of any other Asian nation).
Almost all parts of the country are equipped with food and accommodation for foreign visitors. In addition, the nation’s incredibly diverse geography offers a wide range of activities to choose from. No matter what you would like to do on your vacation, there are certainly several easily accessible places in Thailand that offer it at a price that fits your budget.
Planning your holiday in Thailand
For most of us, the first steps in planning any holiday include setting a budget, determining how long our vacation will last, and deciding when we can go. As you go through these steps in planning your Thailand vacation, here are some important points to consider:
The price of accommodation in Thailand varies from around £ 8 GBP per day (around $ 5 AUD / USD) for a bed in a hostel, up to hundreds of pounds per night for five-star accommodation in the world – class, international hotels
In my personal opinion (and this is shared by a large number of foreign travelers I have met over the years), you should plan to spend a minimum of 10 to 14 days in Thailand during your vacation if you wish to visit the main country. attractions without hurrying
Because Thailand’s tropical climate is hot, humid and rainy for much of the year, the country’s “peak season” for tourism is during the relatively drier and cooler months of November to February.
Some additional reflections on these points …
With regard to the prices of food and accommodation, although it is true that daily rates cover a fairly broad spectrum, it is also true that you can find many incredible offers throughout the country if you know when and where to look for them.
For example, in September 2017 I was able to book four nights at a legitimate five-star luxury hotel in one of the most popular sections of Bangkok (the most expensive city in Thailand) for just under £ 90 GBP per night (that’s about $ 60 AUD / USD). In a future article, I will discuss some of the most effective strategies for finding bargains that maximize your vacation budget.
When determining how much time should be spent in Thailand, it is important to remember that, for those of us traveling from an English speaking country, our vacation will include at least two very long plane flights (on the way and the return trip) and adjusting our body clocks to a significant time difference.
For me, this gives the feeling that jetlag and travel always shorten my real time in the country in two days. I will fill in the amount of time I hope to spend seeing the places of interest, or relax for two more days for this reason, or spend a little time online at Betway คาสิโน.
As for choosing a time of year to visit, avoiding the warm and humid Thai summer and the autumn monsoon is a valid consideration for many travelers. Temperatures often approach 40 ° C during those months which, along with tropical humidity and almost daily storms, can be a bit overwhelming for some visitors.
The flip side of the equation is that air fares and accommodations are dramatically cheaper during this so-called “low season.” If you have a tight budget and do not bother a little heat and rain, you will see that your hard earned money extends much more at this time of year.
The five regions of Thailand: where should I go?
To see the remarkable amount of geographic and cultural diversity that exists within Thailand, all you have to do is compare the five unique regions of the country: the center, east, north, northeast and south.
Depending on the amount of time you can spend in the country, you may be able to visit all five during a single stay (personally, you would not try this unless you had a full month to spend the holidays). If your time is more limited, you should probably focus on no more than two or three areas, and leave the others for future vacations in Thailand.
Because the vast majority of foreign tourists arrive and depart from Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, it is very likely that their visit to Thailand will include a stay in the nation’s capital. A bustling city of 11 million (most Bangkok residents will tell you that this official estimate is probably low by up to 50%) and the heart of Central Thailand, Bangkok offers its visitors a fascinating display of the past, present and future.
Here you will find everything from the historic Royal Palace (dating from the Kingdom of Siam), to ultramodern shopping centers, vibrant entertainment districts and a thriving business center that is fast becoming the largest in Southeast Asia.
The main attractions of central Thailand include the historic city of Ayutthaya (former capital of Siam) and the western coast of the Gulf of Thailand. This part of the Gulf Coast is especially popular with Thai families and honeymooners thanks to its clean and quiet beaches.
The abundance of affordable hotels and resorts, beautiful golf courses and the relative proximity to Bangkok (approximately two and a half hours). by car) If you are looking for a quiet getaway on the beach, close enough to Bangkok that you will not need a plane or a boat to get there, the cities of the Gulf of Hua Hin and Phetchaburi are perfect for you.
The region generally considered to be eastern Thailand is located southeast of Bangkok, and is bordered by the Gulf of Thailand to the west, and Cambodia to the east. Home to the growing coastal city of Chonburi and the popular tourist destination of Pattaya, the main attraction of this area is the proximity of its beaches to Bangkok (less than two hours by car).
While the western gulf resorts such as Hua Hin tend to attract mainly Thai citizens, the eastern gulf is a magnet for Western tourists thanks to the notoriety of Pattaya as one of the wildest cities in the world. This obscene image has been changing slowly in recent years, however, as developers have opened a series of new tourist centers and family-oriented attractions along Pattaya Beach and its surroundings.
The north of Thailand is clearly different from the rest of the country in terms of terrain, climate and culture. Bordering Myanmar (Burma) and Laos to the north, the region is mountainous, heavily wooded and noticeably colder than anywhere else in the country (particularly in the high season).
The Lanna culture (a hybrid between Thai, Burmese and Laotian influences) prevails throughout the region, and can be seen in decoration, costumes and food offerings in cities such as Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
The main city in the north, Chiang Mai, is the second largest in Thailand and a must for any visitor to the country. The heart of Chiang Mai is still surrounded by a moat and 1,000-year-old fortifications that protect some of the oldest and most important temples in Southeast Asia, while the rest of the city is dotted with universities, art galleries and accommodation enough. and entertainment options to satisfy any type of traveler.
Chiang Mai is also the starting point for backpackers to explore the famous mountain trails in the area, as well as anyone looking for outdoor adventure activities such as rafting, elephant safaris (ie elephant trekking to the jungle). for a day or two), and otherwise approaching the wildlife of the region (including monkeys and tigers). There are so many exciting things to do in this part of the country that you are guaranteed to enjoy.
Northeastern Thailand (Isaan)
The northeast of Thailand (dominated by the province of Isaan) is a very agricultural region that borders Laos and Cambodia along the Mekong River. The Khmer culture (that is, the ethnic Cambodia) is the influence that prevails in the people of Isaan and the majority speak the Khmer language, in addition to the Thai and other regional dialects. This influence is also seen in Isaan’s kitchen, which is distinct from traditional Thai food because of its large use of sticky rice and extremely spicy chili peppers.
While this relatively undeveloped part of the country has not been a traditional tourist destination, recent government projects (especially the restoration of numerous ancient Khmer archaeological sites) and the rapid economic growth of the major cities of Isaan Buriram and Khon Kaen have begun to attract more visitors in the last decade. The city of Khon Kaen is of particular interest to anyone interested in making a land crossing to Cambodia.
When speaking of southern Thailand, the first names that come to mind are Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Phi Phi (better known to foreigners as the Phi Phi Islands). White, sandy beaches, azure waters and idyllic scenes that seem straight out of a Hollywood film set (mainly because they are, but that is for a later article) are what define this region of the country. In short, it is your current tropical paradise.
It is generally considered that southern Thailand is the thin peninsula that separates the Gulf of Thailand from the Andaman Sea, and extends all the way to the border with Malaysia. This stretch of land, and the islands that line both coasts, are home to some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world.
As well as world-class facilities for any other water sport imaginable. That adds up to the incredible beaches, lagoons and panoramas for which the area is famous. Having said that, I am sure it is not surprising that I recommend that you include at least one of the fantastic resorts in this region on your holiday in Thailand.
The most difficult part of your vacation in Thailand: how to get there
Well, it may not be entirely accurate to say that the hardest part of your Thai vacation will be finding a way to get there. You are more likely to force yourself to board the plane home at the end of your stay. I once heard it said that the only place in the Country of Smiles where you do not see happy people is the international boarding lounge at the airport. Most of the time, that seems to be true.
However, in all seriousness, finding an affordable airfare has been the hardest piece to put into practice when planning my vacation in Thailand. With the price of jet fuel continuing to increase, this has become even more difficult in recent years. In many cases, I find that I end up spending as much on my plane ticket as I do on the rest of the combined holidays.
However, there are some useful techniques that I have acquired over the years that generally lead me to the lowest prices available at the time of my departure. They require great flexibility with respect to the departure days and times (and you will not get any direct flight to Bangkok), but I am sure that in the end they will save me money. I will delve into this topic in detail in the near future.