From the wonder of its golden Buddhas and hilltop temples to the glamour of its sandy beaches and paradise coves, its bustling cities and mountain shrines, Thailand is a tropical paradise, cultural haven and hedonistic nocturnal temptress all rolled into one.
Fresh local ingredients are key to the mouthwatering flavours that emanate from their world famous cuisine and nothing could be more traditional than a Pad Thai served off a street cart in a busy market in the centre of Bangkok. Cooking classes can be found throughout and if you want to really push the bounds of the culinarily bizarre and you're feeling brave, head to an out of town local market to try deep fried spiders on sticks, flies in bags like raisins and a whole host of things that would ordinarily turn the stomach.
Local and street markets can be found just about everywhere and the art of bartering is an essential skill when you head off for some traditional retail therapy. Don't be afraid to haggle, its expected. The initial price they tell you will be inflated by 200-300% so it they say 500 baht, offer 50 and take it from there.
Between the bustling cities and towns and the paradise coastlines lie acres of tropical forests, rice paddies and quaint little villages bound by agricultural. Mountains scar the north, decorated with glittering waterfalls and local wildlife all interspersed with hidden temples and golden shrines.
When it comes to sun worship and relaxation, there's a wealth of choice from shark diving in Ko Tao to the cliffs of Krabi, full moon parties in Ko Pha Ngan to water-sports in Hua Hin or if you want to relax, revive and re-invigorate both mind and soul, try a health spa in Ko Samui. For the more traditional resorts, head south to Phuket where you'll find the usual hotels and a wider selection of family friendly options.
Thailand can be divided into three seasons, the rainy monsoon season (May to October) with August and September being the wettest period although dry spells commonly occur for 1 to 2 weeks from June to early July. Winter, from October until February where most of Thailand experiences dry weather and mild temperatures with the exception of the south where abundant rainfall, particularly from October to November is common. Summer runs from February until May and when warmer weather is the norm with average temperatures around 30Â°C.
There's so much to admire about this glorious country and so much to do and see it would be madness to have never visited so book your next trip now.
When to visit
If you're planning a holiday in Thailand, our top picks for the best time to travel would be January and December
Thailand's dry season coincides with slightly cooler temperatures, which result in perfect conditions. The seas are calmer, particularly on the Andaman-facing west coast.
Cooler and dry, Thailand can be a wonderful wintry sunshine escape at this time of year. Relax on Koh Samui's idyllic long white sandy beaches, or visit local tribes in Chiang Mai's scenic hills
Thailand Blog posts
From Ireland's most popular travel bloggers
Getting married in Thailand. My Chiang Mai wedding. WE DID IT!
13th October 2022 by One Step 4ward
WE DID IT! After 10 years together, finally Jaa and I got married. And we did it in Thailand’s northern gem, Chiang Mai. What a day it turned out to be. If you’re interested in how it all worked out, or if you’re thinking about getting married in Chiang Mai, or anywhere in Thailand, this should help you guys make some big decisions. Including the Thailand wedding costs! Check it outâ€¦...
Phu Chi Fa; How to visit Thailand’s BEST sunrise spot!
4th August 2022 by One Step 4ward
I’ve lived in Thailand for a decade (Bangkok to be more specific, click to check out an insiders Bangkok itinerary here), and I had never heard of Phu Chi Fa. Thankfully my Thai fiance finally told me about it recently. I understand that people flock to Thailand for the islands, full-moon parties, and gorgeous temples. However, Northern Thailand is home to some amazing mountain views....
Solo travel in Thailand: Tips, thoughts, and what to expect
2nd August 2022 by Eat Sleep Breathe Travel
After four years of trips to Europe, 2015 was my time to change it up and visit a new continent, starting with a long-time backpacker favourite: Thailand. I was excited to visit, after all, who doesn’t want to go to Thailand. But, I was also a little bit skeptical. Was solo travel in Thailand safe? Was it easy? Or would I hate it? I got a lot of feedback from people telling me I would be OK because I â€œdid Europe firstâ€. They claimed travel in SE Asia, especially solo travel, was...
Why the Ladyboy show in Chaing Mai is a must see
25th July 2022 by Eat Sleep Breathe Travel
I can still remember the first ladyboy I saw in Thailand. She was beautiful. Her black hair was silky smooth, not a strand out of place. Her makeup was flawless, complete with the perfect winged eye liner that I can never manage get just right. A form fitting white dress hugged her curves and she rocked her high heels with confidence. It was hard to believe that â€œsheâ€ was actually a he. Even now, after seeing dozens of ladyboys, they continue to fascinate me. These beautiful...
My Sri Panwa review; The best hotel in Phuket
23rd June 2022 by One Step 4ward
I’ve been a blogger for 10 years. And what a journey it’s been. From being a broke English teacher in Thailand, to visiting every country in the world. It’s a lot of stress, but being a blogger certainly has its perks. And getting to stay at the best hotel in Phuket was one of my early wins! My Sri Panwa review should help you guys see why. I’ve since gone back as a paying customer, it was that good! So while I’m still a backpacker at heart (as my impending tours to South Sudan and...
Siam Amazing Park - Bangkok’s best theme park?
6th July 2022 by One Step 4ward
Bangkok is an international metropolis full of shopping malls, movie theatres and Starbucks but a (completely nonsense) common complaint about Bangkok is that often there are just too many things to fit into your Bangkok Itinerary. Well, I’m here to make that worse. Siam Amazing Park is a little known (at least to foreigners) theme park in Bangkok. So if you find yourself with a day to spare make your way over to Siam Amazing City, Bangkok’s (and Thailand’s) best theme park. But before...
Weather in Thailand
Our month-by-month guide to the weather and climate in Thailand