Thailand

Thailand Travel Guide

It's hard to summarize the diversity of travel to Thailand. Its capital, Bangkok, is a teeming metropolis with gilded temples and palaces, while the two coastlines, on the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, have postcard-perfect beaches. In the mountainous interior, hill tribes live as they have for millennia. And wherever you travel in Thailand, there's the food: fresh seafood, countless curries, and noodle dishes so delicious you'll never want to return to your local Thai take-out. Your most lasting impression, however, will be the friendliness of the locals - calling Thailand the "land of smiles"; may seem cliché, but it has a foundation in truth. Read our Thailand travel guide to make the most of your visit to this beautiful nation.

Things Not to Miss in Thailand

You may not be able to cover the whole country in one vacation, but here are the cities, islands and activities you absolutely can't miss when you travel to Thailand:

• Shop in Bangkok's Siam Square, and enjoy the city's nightlife

• Relax on the tropical beaches of Phuket and Koh Samui

• Visit the temples and churches of Chiang Rai

• Take in the lush greenery and ancient cities of Chiang Mai

When to Go to Thailand

When you plan to visit Thailand, remember that there are three seasons: summer, winter, and the wet season. The rainy season runs from May until November in most of the country, meaning Thailand travel during that time will bring rainy days. In the South, however, the monsoonal rains fall from April to October along the Andaman Sea coastline, and from September to December along the Gulf of Thailand coast.

Articles about Thailand

On Monday, a deadly explosion rocked the popular Erawan Shrine in downtown Bangkok. The latest reports put the death toll at 22, with more than 120 people injured. Tuesday a second bomb was thrown from a bridge over the Chao Phraya River, just ...
An explosion rocked a shrine in central Bangkok on Monday. The blast took place at the religious Erawan Shrine in the downtown district of the Thai capital. A correspondent for the BBC, who was at the scene, reported that the blast appeared to ...
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When it comes to beach destinations in Thailand, Phuket, which needs no introduction, has been the reigning king for years. But beachgoers and vacationers looking to dip their toes in the Andaman Sea should set their sights on lesser-known Krabi, ...
When it comes to beach destinations in Thailand, Phuket, which needs no introduction, has been the reigning king for years. But beachgoers and vacationers looking to dip their toes in the Andaman Sea should set their sights on lesser-known Krabi, ...
What and where you eat in Bangkok is just as important as visiting the temples and walking the markets. Thai cooks have a unique practice of balancing salty, hot, sour, sweet and sometimes bitter flavors—often in a single dish. This skills spans t...
Greg Seider’s rules to cocktail-making boil down to one simple but paramount ingredient: inspiration. The peripatetic barman—who earlier this month spoke on the ills of the mixology trend—finds it in disparate places around the world. It pops up o...
Greg Seider’s rules to cocktail-making boil down to one simple but paramount ingredient: inspiration. The peripatetic barman—who earlier this month spoke on the ills of the mixology trend—finds it in disparate places around the world. It pops up o...
Greg Seider’s rules to cocktail-making boil down to one simple but paramount ingredient: inspiration. The peripatetic barman—who earlier this month spoke on the ills of the mixology trend—finds it in disparate places around the world. It pops up o...
Greg Seider’s rules to cocktail-making boil down to one simple but paramount ingredient: inspiration. The peripatetic barman—who earlier this month spoke on the ills of the mixology trend—finds it in disparate places around the world. It pops up o...