Thailand is known as the land of smiles. Thailand is a very large country with the wooded north and the tropical south.
A popular place for traveling around this country. With its beautiful nature, gigantic islands and of course the traditional Thai cuisine, Thailand is an unique place in this world.
In Bangkok you will find beautiful temples, spectacular palaces, the world famous floating markets and colorful Chinatown. Great place to spend a couple of nights.
Chiang Mai is known for its beautiful nature, culture and numerous sights. There is so much to do that you can easily stay here for a week without getting bored.
Koh Lanta is a quiet, rugged and large island full of pristine jungle and beautiful deserted beaches. On these beaches, monkeys are often the only other sun seekers.
The entire island of Koh Lipe is a protected area. It’s also part of the Tarutao National Marine Park. You can perfectly combine a trip to Koh Lipe with a visit to the Malaysian island Langkawi.
Pai is a cozy hippie village in the north of Thailand, located in the province of Mae Hong Son. It is a popular place among backpackers for its laid back atmosphere, beautiful nature and cheap prices.
In the Sukhothai Historical Park you will find beautiful ruins, temples and other monuments. Rent a bicycle and definitely visit Wat Mahathat, Wat Sa Si and Wat Sri Sawai.
Places I’ve been
- Chiang Mai
- Chiang Rai
- Koh Lanta
- Koh Lipe
- Koh Phi Phi
- Koh Tao
- Khao Sok
Best travel months
Thailand can be visited year-round as long as you know the climate of its different regions so you can plan your trip accordingly.
- From November until April is the best time to visit Thailand;
- April and May are the hottest months, so if you can’t handle the heat, plan your trip a few months earlier;
- December until February, it’s high season so there will be more tourists;
- November, March and April are ideal travel months to avoid mass crowds;
- From the end of June, the rainy season starts slowly, but till July you can travel well. Some parts can be less accessible during a heavy rain season.
As with most countries, how expensive your trip is going to be is entirely dependent on your preferences. Below you can find average prices for accommodation, food & drinks and some activitities.
Based on the expenses of other visitors on average prices, I believe that you can budget around €50 per day on your vacation (includes accommodation, food, transportation and fees for tourist attraction).
- Hostel (€5-10)
- Mid-range hotel (€20-40)
- Luxury hotel (€50-100)
Or, you can try Airbnb; a popular choice for many travelers, including myself. Use this link to get a discount of €34 on your first trip.
Tip! In the tropical south you pay a little more for an accommodation than in the north of Thailand.
Food & Drinks
- Simple breakfast (€3) – breakfast is usually included at your hotel.
- Meal inexpensive restaurant (€4)
- Meal for 2 persons in mid-range restaurant (€18)
- Street food like Pad Thai (€1,50)
- Domestic Beer (€0,75)
- Bottle of water (€0,40)
- Coconut (€0,75)
Tip! The best budget tip is to eat as locally as possible. Buy your food where the locals do, at the food markets.
- Tuk-tuk (€2 for 10 minutes)
- Museum entry (€2)
- Cooking Class (€20)
- Tours (€15-25)
- Scooter rental (€8 per day)
- Longtail boat rental (€15 per day)
Tip! Rent a longtail boat for the whole day and visit all the beautiful beaches around the tropical islands in the south of Thailand.
About 100 kilometers from Bangkok you will find the most beautiful ancient temple ruins. A real must-visit when traveling in central Thailand.
Chiang Rai is located in a rugged mountain landscape in Northern Thailand. Near the Golden Triangle and close to Myanmar and Laos.
Koh Phi Phi
Discover the most beautiful bays by longtail boat, snorkel in crystal clear water and enjoy pearly white beaches on the island of Koh Phi Phi.
You don’t have to search a long time to find a beautiful beach in Krabi. The softest sand, the bluest sea and the warmest water is at Railay Beach.