Travel to Thailand
An eclectic mix 5 star hotels and luxury resorts in Thailand help make soak up all there is to offer in this beautiful country.
Often called a “feast for the senses,” Thailand is an amazing mix of sights, sounds, smells and much more. No wonder it’s among the most traveled countries in all of Asia. From its bustling capitol city of Bangkok to its remote, mountains and valleys, the country has so much to share with its visitors.
Thailand is so full of rich culture and religious significance, it will be hard for you not to be moved during your visit.
Whether you visit for a family vacation or cultural getaway, there’s a mix of 5 star hotels and luxury resorts in Thailand that will help you stay cool and well rested in between explorations.
Thailand – Insider tip
If your travels allow, combine Thailand with some of its neighboring countries, including Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam Nepal and others.
Thailand tours and activities
Sightseeing in Bangkok
Possibly one of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant cities, Bangkok has enough sites to keep you busy for several days. Visit the Grand Palace, one of the most beautiful legacies of the ancient Siamese court. The sprawling, garden-dotted compound includes ornate statues of mythological creatures and more than 100 colorful buildings. Also on the grounds is the 18th-century Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand’s most important shrine, which houses the Emerald Buddha (made of green jade or jasper, it symbolizes the independence, strength and good fortune of the country). Visit many of the city’s other famous landmarks, including Wat Pho and its lovely gilded Reclining Buddha.
Exploring Chiang Mai
Many historical sites reside in Chiang Mai such as Wat Phra Singh, home to the revered Phra Singh (Lion Buddha), one of the most revered images of Buddha. Others include . Wat Phra Singh (Chiang Mai’s principal monastery and home to one of Thailand’s most famous images: the mysterious Phra Singh Buddha) and Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. While in this northern city, be sure to stroll the Night Market with its colorful merchants and food carts.
Golden Triangle in Thailand
The Golden Triangle, the area where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet, is known throughout the world. While here, visit the Opium Museum and take a river tour that stops in remote villages. The riverboat experience is a great way to take in the breathtaking view of three countries.
Elephant Training in Thailand (Chaing Mai)
Visit the Maesa Elephant Camp and spend time with the animals and the mahouts (elephant trainers). You’ll be able to trek with them through the surrounding forests of the camp and then get basic training in elephant handling (while in your own mahout uniform). You’ll even work together to create an original work of art – the elephants of the Maesa camp are known around the world for their extraordinary feats with the paint brush.
The Valleys of Thailand
Mountains and valleys are plentiful throughout Thailand, but one of our favorite settings in the breathtakingly beautiful Mae Rim Valley in Chaing Mai. Tropical gardens and rice paddies make for an awesome and relaxing environment.
Shopping in Thailand
Silk is a great buy in Bangkok, but keep your eye on the range of quality (Jim Thompson is the best-known silk house and has reliable quality). Be sure to bargain when appropriate (not in department stores or restaurants). Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok, also known as JJ, has to be seen to be believed. This sprawling open-air market (with 6,000+ stallas and shops) sells crafts made in all regions of Thailand, antiques, silk and textiles, jewelry, clothing, books, pets, plants and much more.
Dining in Thailand
Thailand is perhaps one of the more exciting places in the world to dine. Rice is at the heart of nearly every meal, but beyond that each of the country’s four regions has distinct flavors. The unifying factor is the way each skillfully combines the elements of spicy, sour, sweet and salty. If anything, the spicy takes over, as Thai people love their chili peppers.
Thailand Fast Facts:
Population of Thailand
Languages in Thailand
Predominant Religions in Thailand
Time Zone in Thailand
Seven hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+7 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is not observed.
Voltage Requirements in Thailand
Currency in Thailand
Weather in Thailand
The weather in Thailand is mostly hot and humid, with the northern highlands being a little cooler. November-February sees milder temperatures and cooler nights. March and April are especially hot and humid. The monsoon season is mid-May to October, when it’s particularly humid and rainy (the streets of Bangkok flood easily). However, downpours are intermittent rather than constant, so they don’t typically cause major problems.
The center of Thailand consists of flat plains no more than a few feet/meters above sea level, watered by the Chao Phraya River and a number of smaller rivers and canals. The north is home to mountains that stretch southward along the border with Myanmar. The east consists of high plains in the east, while the peninsula (shared with Malaysia) is covered with mountains and jungle.
Personal Safety in Thailand
In general, Thailand is very safe. Tourism is vitally important to the country’s economy, and the government has zero tolerance for crime targeting visitors. However, take precautions and use common sense to eliminate petty crimes such as pickpocketing and purse snatching (keep valuables out of sight, don’t flash jewelry or money in public, etc.).
Thailand Fun Facts:
- The first true Thai kingdom was established in AD 1238, though the region had been settled since 3600 BC.
- In 1939, the official name changed from Siam to Thailand, meaning “land of the free.”
- Thailand actually has two New Year celebrations: one on 1 January and another on the anniversary of Buddha’s death in mid-April.
- Anna and the King of Siam took place in Bangkok, but don’t praise the book (or The King and I, the play and movie based on it) to Thais; they find it to be an offensive and condescending portrayal of one of their greatest kings.
- Traditional Thai massage is considered a form of spiritual medicine and until recently was only practiced at temples.
- The world’s smallest-sized mammal lives in Thailand. The bumblebee bat is an insect-eating mammal measuring a mere 1.1 inches and weighing only .07 ounces.
- There are more than 20 kinds of bananas in Thailand.