There are few destinations in the world as diverse as Thailand. Think of this fabulous country in South East Asia and you think of pristine beaches backed by palms and rainforests, you’d probably think of rocky outcrops standing proud in the middle of a glistening bright blue sea, and you might also imagine hundreds of islands each with an individual charm of their own. Those images are certainly true, but you can add to this with the excitement that is Bangkok where a bustling modern metropolis is dotted with ancient temples and modern shopping malls sit alongside street stalls. Thailand has never been colonised by Europeans and it shows in it’s proud culture. The King is revered and his residence in Bangkok really lives up to it’s name of the Grand Palace.
Thailand is popular with all kinds of visitors from gap-year backpackers looking for beach parties to discerning travellers seeking a five star beach paradise, to families looking for some long-haul sunshine. ear backpackers. There is vibrant nightlife for those who seek it, and there is peace and quiet for those who crave it.. There is history in abundance in ancient cities such as Chiang Mai, and for nature lovers, the rainforests of the north of the country are a real treat. Thailand really does cater for everyone. Millington Travel have many staff who have visited this beautiful country and we would take great pleasure in passing on our experiences as we help plan your perfect holiday.
Our Top Ten things to see & do in Thailand
- Shopping! From street stalls to bustling markets, you can shop at every turn in Thailand.
- Island Hopping. Thailand has hundreds of islands, just hop on a traditional long-tail boat and discover as many as possible.
- Diving – Some of the best dive spots in the world are located in Thailand.
- Elephant Trekking. Visit the amazing Elephant sanctuary: Baanchang Elephant Park in Chiang Mai.
- Kanchanaburi. Here you will find the start of the infamous Death Railway and the bridge over the River Kwai. Both are haunting relics from WWII, constructed by prisoners of war. It’s a chilling spot, but essential on any Thailand itinerary.
- Have a traditional Thai Massage – slightly painful but that’s the reason why they are the best in the world!
- Take a Thai Cooking Class – Thai food is one of the most delicious types of food and it’s relatively easy to cook. All over the country you’ll find places to teach you, though the best are in Chiang Mai & Bangkok.
- Floating Markets -The colourfully clad merchants at these lively markets paddle along congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. Great photo opportunities!
- The Grand Palace– the dazzling & spectacular palace that was once home to the Thai King. Undoubtedly the city’s most famous landmark
- The Golden Triangle- The point where the Mekong River meets the Ruak River is known as the Golden Triangle. Stand on the river bank and you can look across to Myanmar and Laos.
When to go?
Although the climate varies throughout the country you can visit all year round, but the best time to travel is during the cool and dry season between November and early April. In the south, the climate differs between the eastern and western coasts. The West Coast is more favourable during our winter months and diving and snorkelling here will be at its best during this period. The weather on the East Coast is good for most of the year, with the lowest rainfall in January and February and the highest in November.