Thailand is a laid-back country known for its pristine beaches, ornate Buddhist temples, and the bustling city of Bangkok. And let’s be honest, nothing compares to Thai food! The affordable lifestyle, relaxed culture, and ease of travel have made Thailand a top destination for travelers and tourists for decades, there is something for everyone!

Thailand is the 20th most populated country with 71 million residents. Many local people live in the urban sprawl of Bangkok, but equally as many choose to live peacefully in a more remote setting. You can find Thailand’s top destinations in smaller fishing towns, jungle villages, or remote islands!

Map of Thailand showing main features and attractions for culture and tourism

The Basics

Currency – Baht ฿ | $1 USD = ฿35 Baht

Language – Thai

Outlets – Type B, compatible with North America, Europe, & Asia

Tipping – Tipping culture is not common in Thailand, but it is appreciated!

Water – Not potable due to heavy metals

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April – June

Thailand’s location on the equator creates a comfortable tropical climate, spanning across jungles & mountains, to stretches of pristine coastline. Your experience in Thailand throughout the year will be different based on the weather, crowds, and costs. 

Thailand experiences both summer & winter monsoons, creating 3 seasons; “Wet Season” (June-October),  “Cool Season” (November – February), and “Hot Season” (March-May). Temperatures range from 18° – 36°C but are getting more severe in northern regions near Chiang Mai and Bangkok due to climate change. 

Thailand experiences a peak tourist season between December – February when the weather is ideal, and June – July during the summer holiday.  This means higher prices, more crowds, and a greater over-tourism impact. The best time to visit to avoid the craze and crowds is between April – June. This time of year is considered low season which means low prices, but still experiences amazing weather so you can get out and explore!

Thailand’s culture is like a mesmerizing dance of traditions and spirituality. The intricate beauty of its temples, like Wat Arun’s towering spires, or the details in every corner of temples around the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok.

Thai cuisine is the perfect combination of sweet and fruity, with savory flavors of seafood and herbs. Come get the best pad thai, green curry, and mango sticky rice you’ve ever had – I promise you’ll never want to leave! And that’s not even thinking about the street food you can get for less than $1.

However, Thailand’s culture isn’t just about sights and tastes. It’s a spiritual journey, where you can meditate with Buddhist monks, practice yoga on pristine beaches, or find your inner peace while sipping herbal Thai tea. And if you’re feeling adventurous, getting a traditional Thai massage is like a workout and a relaxation session rolled into one – just be prepared for a little contortion.

Thailand’s landscapes are like a painter’s palette, with colors and textures that will leave you in awe. From the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea to the lush jungles of the north, this country is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

Khao Sok National Park is like a scene from Jurassic Park, with towering limestone cliffs and ancient rainforests that make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Explore its mystical caves, go kayaking on tranquil lakes, or simply soak in the natural beauty.

And let’s not forget the beaches! Across Thailand you will find white sand, black sand, rocky coasts and more, waiting for you to come sit back and enjoy. The best part is, so many of them have small shacks selling mangos and pad thai so you don’t have to go anywhere! Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters where a vibrant sea of life is just a few steps away, sunbathe like a lizard, or channel your inner Indiana Jones and go rock climbing! So, pack your reef-safe sunscreen, you might just be lucky enough to swim next to a Whale Shark!