6 Best Places To Visit In Thailand

Thailand; the land of a thousand smiles. Thailand is by far one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. Boasting stunning beaches, jungle-clad national parks, mountain top villages, award-winning street food, golden temples and world-class diving, Thailand is one of those countries you will never want to leave.

However, before we dive into the must-see tourist attractions in Thailand, first we must cover the important “essentials”.
 

Essentials

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 When to Travel

Luckily, Thailand offers favourable weather all year round. However, it is important to know that the north and south offer quite different climates. 

The north is cooler than the south and is much less humid. As you can expect, January and February are quite cool, with the weather warming up in March and April. 

From May through to August the weather is hot and humid, therefore, expect to experience a tropical shower at least once per day. 

During September and October, the rain can be heavier and less pleasant. Throughout the country, September – October is low season (meaning everything is cheaper) but despite its “bad press”, the weather can be surprisingly beautiful.  

The end of the year gets cooler and is maybe the best time to enjoy our tuk-tuk adventure, as the rain has reduced and the heat has eased off.

In short, we suggest visiting Thailand between November-April.

Visa Requirements

If you have a UK or US passport, then you do not (at the time of writing) require a Visa to enter Thailand (up to 30 days if arriving by air or  up to 15 days if arriving by land). This is known as a visa exemption. 

You may need to show your return ticket upon arrival and / or complete a landing card.. If you’re staying longer than 30 days then you’ll need to apply for a visa before travelling. If you overstay you may be fined or detained, so check the date twice! Please note that a visa extension can be obtained in Thailand at any immigration office for approx. 2000THB.

We recommend checking the latest country entry requirements with your national foreign travel office, for UK citizens this is the Foreign Travel Advice section of www.gov.co.uk.

WHAT ARE THE NATIONAL LANGUAGES?

Thai

WHAT IS THE CURRENCY?

Thai Baht

TIMEZONE

Thailand’s timezone is GMT+7

The Must-See Destinations in Thailand

Chaing Mai

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Chiang Mai is utterly brilliant. 

The largest city in Northern Thailand and by far the most culturally significant, Chiang Mai is a backpacking hotspot and is full of incredible activities. 

The incredible culture, stunning night markets, and amazing locals, blissfully complement the breath-taking landscape and relaxing vibe. 

Home to some of the most famed Elephant sanctuaries in the world, natural lagoons, and spiralling mountain drives, Chiang Mai will be sure to capture your heart.

We love Chiang Mai, so don’t rush it and bide your time…it’s easy to get stuck in PARADISE! 

Join our 11-day tuk-tuk tour around Chiang Mai

The perfect trip for anyone wanting to combine unique adventure with stunning locations and a real exploration of the magic of Northern Thailand.

Pai

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Pai…Where do we start?

This remote mountain valley in the north of Thailand is tranquilly charming, sensually stunning and oozes personality.

Contrastingly different from the rest of Thailand, Pai may well be one of the best hideouts in the whole of South East Asia. 

Mouth-watering night markets, bohemian cafes, quaint bookstores and unforgettable views, Pai is undoubtedly one of the best destinations in the whole of South-East Asia. 

Boasting natural hot springs, jaw-dropping caves, stylish locals and reggae vibes, Pai is the getaway of dreams. 

Koh Tao

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Situated north of Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Samui, Koh Tao is somewhat over-looked. 

Boasting famed bar crawls, picture-postcard beaches and some of the best diving in Southeast Asia, Koh Tao is simply magnificent. With hundreds of dive schools to choose from, Koh Tao is one of the cheapest places in the world to get your diving certificate and is home to specular coral reefs, turtles and even whale sharks.

In recent years, however, Koh Tao has got a lot of bad press, which has unfortunately affected the tourist population. Despite this reputation (and we speak from experience), Koh Tao is predominantly a very safe place, very well-lit at night and home to some of the friendly locals WE have ever met. 

Whether you are wanting challenging mountain hikes, relaxing beach day, delicious western cuisine, a fire show or a bucket full of alcohol, Koh Tao delivers on it all. 

Koh Phi-Phi

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From the famous Maya Bay and monkey island to world-class diving and unparalleled nightlife, Ko Phi Phi is by far the most talked-about party destination in Asia.

Boating limestone cliffs, turquoise waters, pearl white beaches and trackless forests, Phi Phi Island is the ultimate tropical paradise.

Destroyed by a Tsunami in 2004, the island has been rebuilt with modern infrastructure, and as a result, has seen a sharp increase of party-goers.

If you are looking for a quiet getaway or a relaxing beach holiday, Koh Phi-Phi is not the place for you.

However, if your itching for picture-perfect scenery and a 24/7 party, Phi Phi will be your idea of heaven.

Khao Sok National Park

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Covering an area of just under 2,000 square kilometres, this breathtaking park is considered by many to be one of Thailand’s most beautiful wildlife reserves. Boasting incredible jungle forests, limestone karsts, majestic rivers and sparkling lakes, this park is home the incredible Asian elephant, barking deer, wild boar, the Asian bear and Malayan tapirs. What’s more, Khao Sok houses various monkeys breeds including gibbons, pig-tailed macaques and langurs.

There are several trails in the park from which visitors can choose to enjoy trekking through the jungle to spot wildlife, photograph beautiful waterfalls, swim in natural pools and admire stunning vistas from elevated viewpoints. What’s more, Haew Suwat Waterfall, famous for a scene in Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Beach movie, can be accessed on foot when hiking the park.

This is an adventure not to be missed.

Kanchanaburi

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Although Kanchanaburi is best known for its dark connection to WWII, (especially the construction of the “Death Railway” bridge over the River Kwai which was used to connect Thailand with Burma) Kaanchanburi is stunningly beautiful and rich in nature. 

Nowadays, it’s possible to walk across the bridge on narrow side platforms or take a short train from one side to the other. The Kanchanaburi War Cemetery,  Wartime museums and art galleries are the main attractions here, so be prepared for a insight into the dark history of the countries warfare.

Despite its history,  Kanchanaburi is also home to seven impressive national parks. Probably the most beautiful of all is Erawan National Park, mainly due to the spectacular Erawan Falls. Seven levels of falls cascade down into the main pool, providing multiple scenic and refreshing emerald green swimming spots hidden in thick rainforests.

We really hope this has helped and if you wish to ask any more questions or simply want to contact us, please do at:

info@gokotravels.com

Join our 11-day tuk-tuk tour around Chiang Mai

The perfect trip for anyone wanting to combine unique adventure with stunning locations and a real exploration of the magic of Northern Thailand.

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