One of the biggest reasons why Thailand sees millions of foreign tourists coming in from all over the world is because it’s so accessible and affordable. Its lure however lies in the unmistakable charm of rural villages that exist side by side with its flashy cities. Whether you’re here for the simple beauty of the beaches or if you want to sample some of the delicious and authentic Thai food or if you want to let your hair down and party, or even if you want to enjoy the delightful Thai culture, there’s something for everyone here. The Thai are extremely friendly and welcome people with their trademark bright smiles.
There’s so much to see and do in Thailand that you will really be spoiled for choice. It all depends on why you’ve come here. Whether you’re here on a honeymoon with your loved one or just to relax and have a good time, Thailand beckons everybody with ease and continues to surprise you consistently with their stunning sunsets, delightful blue beaches and some of its lush green nature trails. If you love shopping, then Bangkok is your best bet although you can find much to see and experience here as well as there are numerous palaces, wats and even markets here. Thailand also has some national parks where you will be struck by the beauty of their glorious and verdant jungles, frothing rivers, eerie caves and splendid waterfalls. With so much on offer, it’s no wonder then that people keep returning to Thailand.
Since it is a tropical country, the best time to visit Thailand would be during winter, which falls in December and January. Since there isn’t any rain or relentless heat, being on the beach is quite enjoyable and comfortable. The winters are pleasant and even enjoyable, and the weather is fresh and not humid at all. It’s still a good idea to take a long a light jacket or sweater in case you might feel a little chilly.
With December being the most popular time for people to visit Thailand, it’s quite possible that several famed beach destinations such as Krabi, Phuket and Koh Samui are already booked and you will not find tickets or accommodation unless you book ahead of time. Many people come here especially during Christmas holidays and this means that hotels can become very pricey.
Another good time to visit Thailand is in January especially during the New Year celebrations which can get quite chaotic but also fun. The Chinese New Year which comes during the end of January or in early February is also a good time to visit as Bangkok’s Chinatown comes alive with colours, firecrackers and dancing dragons on parades.
One of the best things about Thailand is that it is very accessible from India. The best way to reach Thailand would be by flight. Thailand’s capital, Bangkok is connected to numerous Indian cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata through direct flights. Some of the airlines that fly to Thailand are Thai Airways, Air India, Spice Jet, IndiGo, Air Asia, Emirates and Sri Lankan Airlines to name a few. Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport is located around 30km from Bangkok and is one of the best airports in the country. Once you land here, there are several options to reach your destination in the city, such as taxis, shuttle buses, public buses and the Airport Rail Link.
A rarely used option to travel to Thailand is by road. This is for those who love adventure and road trips as the road you’ll have to take is the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway and is a whopping 3200km drive. So, it will easily take you a week to reach Thailand by road. It’s also a good idea to do this trip between November and February as the weather is best during this time. Do make sure you have an international driving license before you set out on the trip.