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A Quick Guide to Thailand

The following blog very quickly highlights some of the main areas to visit in Thailand should you be lucky enough to visit.

When is the best time to visit Thailand?

Unlike most places in the world, Thailand actually has 3 seasons rather than 4: Summer, Winter and Wet Season. The wet season is between May and November, so during this time be prepare to have many rainy days. The best times to visit are between November and February as they are drier and a little less humid, but it is also the time that tourist areas will be the busiest.

Travel Insurance

Accidents DO happen, so you must make sure you have adequate travel insurance when visiting Thailand. You may need to pay an extra premium for additional activities such as watersports. As well as accidents, if you have a preexisting medical issue it is not worth the risk to not be covered. Treatment can become very costly, yet taking out a policy can be really quite cheap. It is worth it for the extra piece of mind.

Bangkok

Famous for its floating markets and vibrant nightlife, Bangkok is a must visit.

Bangkok is a city of both modern and old, with lots of western influence mixed with temples and ancient buildings. The Grand Palace is a beautiful place to visit, but be sure to get there as early as possible to avoid the crowds.

Bangkok is at its best a night, when the sun sets, the neon signs alight and the temples are glowing. We have all heard about the grittier areas of the city in the red light district, but there is so much more to Bangkok than this. Almost all high rise hotels and buildings have a rooftop bar or restaurant and is the perfect place to end the night in Bangkok. The Sky Bar in particular is, in fact, the world’s highest out door bar. Definitely worth a visit!

Our top tip for Bangkok is to stay away from the roads, the traffic is horrendous. Instead, travel on the Sky Railway or Underground.

Chiang Mai

Thailand’s second largest city, yet worlds away from Bangkok. Chiang Mai is much calmer and quieter. It is very easy to access by air, road and rail from Bangkok.

Chiang Mai has over 300 temples and the is the perfect place to learn about Thai history and culture.

The Old City includes some of the most popular restaurants in Chiang Mai and many of the most famous temples. If it’s nightlife you are looking for, visit Nimmanhaemin Road. This trendy neighborhood has many great food outlets and bars.

Koh Phi Phi

Famed for its (slightly doctored) appearance in huge movie The Beach, Maya Bay is a very popular hotspot for tourists. You may find it quite crowded, but on a visit you can see why. The bay is stunning and an absolute must see.

If you want to travel around the islands, get a long boat and paddle around the island. Some of the best views of the land and beaches will be from here. You will also be able to visit beaches only accessibly by boat.

Kho Phi Phi is also known for its slightly wild nightlife. Many of the beach bars will have fire shows, and don’t expect to spend much money! Drinks are cheap, so be careful how many you are buying!

Koh Samui

Koh Samui is a popular location for family holidays, honeymooners, and those wanting a little bit more luxury. With an international airport, it is the most accessible island in Thailand. The island also has a law that prevents buildings being taller than the closest Palm Tree. Whist that is a rather vague measurement, it does mean that the tallest building is only 4 stories high. Much of the accommodation on this island are bungalow buildings.

Chaweng Beach is the most popular beach on the island. It has a large selection of restaurants and bars and many of the resorts and hotels are in this area. Chaweng Beach is also the nightlife capital of the island!

You can find the famous ‘Big Buddha’ monument at Bang Rak Beach. Here you will also be able to find the cheaper restaurants and accommodation.

Phuket

Phuket is Thailand’s largest and most popular islands. Phuket is easily accessible thanks to its international airport.

Patong Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Phuket. It is also the most crowded. Come night time, Patong’s famous Bangla Road comes alive. Bangla Road is a long strip of bars, clubs and go-go dancers, with throbbing music and huge crowds, which may not be for everyone’s taste.

Be sure to take a visit to the Big Buddha. It is as impressive up close as in the distance, and the views from up there are worth visiting on their own!

Phuket is close to Koh Phi Phi and James Bond Island, so if you don’t have time to visit them separately, take a day trip to make sure you get to see them both!

There is a lot to see and do in Thailand, with options to suit all budgets. As we mentioned at the start, taking out Travel Insurance when you travel to Thailand is very important. If you need some assistance with this, get in contact with one of our friendly staff today.https://www.allianz-assistance.ae/en/contact-us/

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