Amazing Offbeat Holiday

Have summer this winter visit tropical Thailand.

The country is on almost every traveler's short list because there are not many spots on the planet offering such an exotic combination of tropical beauty and a safe environment. 

Almost every great holiday destination has problems this days. Although there are continuous problem in the south this never spills over into tourist destinations which makes the place a very safe one for visiting. 
In south Thailand

Sino Portuguese Style Villas

holidays need travel to Bangkok Airport Suvarnabhumi

Climate and temperature: There is endless summer divided into 2 seasons, it's the rainy from around July to November, which is monsoon times with an average temperature from around 24- 28 C. Hot season is the other months with around 30- 35 C. Almost all parts of the country receive some rain throughout the year while higher located areas such as in the north and west get more rain but it wont effect much.

Weather: Is usually excellent for about 8-9 month per year starting from November to May with is full of sunshine and clear or partly cloudy sky, the country is a primarily beach, island and "green" destination.

Culture:  A strong influences come from India and China but has it's very distinctive characteristics. The original Thai people which are similar to Shan in Myanmar came from south China's Yunnan.

As elsewhere in Asia people are with very traditional family ties and most are Buddhist. Although in the southern part are plenty of Muslim.

What to wear:  Take light wear, since all clothing is quite cheap, it makes sense to go shopping for all what you need after arrival, it might save you overweight costs. Also shoes and other stuff to wear are cheap.

ATM's: Are almost at every "second corner" in the tourist areas, petrol stations, at the highways, shopping malls, convenience stores and other places, which means no need to take lots of money with you or change money. Just fill up your account and pull the Thai Baht out from the machine, be careful about the frequency since they charge a fee for each transaction which your bank will finally deduct, all bank HQ are concentrated in the capital. 

Here is also a excellent place to open a foreign currency account, nobody will find your hard earned money afterwards, just take a debit card, there are many different answers when you ask yourself, what to do in Thailand?

shopping is the best thing to do in Thailand here in Bangkok

When in Bangkok visit Pratunam that's right in the center, here is the biggest cloth market in the country. Actually all around this area means shopping and as long as someone buys local stuff it's amazingly affordable, read more

Visa:  Visas on arrival are valid for 60 days (new since Sept. 2014) and a extension of another 30 days is available at the immigration counter on the airport and elsewhere free of charge. An extension is possible at the immigration offices throughout the country but this is only for a few countries. Transit paper issued from a consulate are valid for 1 month. Normal tourist permissions are valid 2 month and can be extended for 1 month locally. But some of this has been reversed and applied again etc. its back and forward almost every month. Now (mid 2015) they changed again, they issue half year multiple entry visa for Baht 5000,- but they cant be used back to back etc. Some more changes has been made and it is the best to have a look here: 

Don't overstay it will cost you Baht 500,- per day and if you don't pay you end up in the deportation prison, if it expires make a visa runthey restricted this variant sharply in August 2014. The most popular visa runs are from Bangkok to Cambodia and from Phuket to Myanmar which is, on top of it a interesting day trip anyway. It combines a bus and longtail-boat tour over the border, read more.

A trip in south Thailand

A trip to the country of smile and arrivals at Bangkok plus other places. Rushing to beaches and outdoor adventure is probably what most travelers have in mind. In Siam as it was formerly known top tour packages are available for this purpose. If you arrive in the capital go to a travel agent or start your own individual journey and hit the road, maybe to southern Thailand, read more.

A bus journey at night

Travel to Bangkok first and start there here is plenty of information about shopping entertainment nightlife hotels it is very diverse indeed, read more.

The combination of mega-cities and the Andaman Sea with hundreds of islands such as Phuket and golden beaches plus green blue jungle is marvelous. High jungle hills and exotic cultures makes every journey a great one, yes and it is affordable. The country has roughly 3000 km long coastline and enough space to make every traveler happy, don't forget the famous Thai Bar Girls.

pretty Thai girls
Gorgeous Thai Girls
Amazing things to do such as real low budget trips are still possible in a functioning environment, no need to run around and get stressed. 

Just read through our website and hit the road to south, east, west or north. There are five international airports which are Phuket Krabi, Hat Yai Chiang Mai and U-Tapao. 

An amazing variety of budget trips are possible, but on the road be verycareful.

Islands are some of the best places to visit in Thailand here ang thong

Crossing the border on the road is from Malaysia, Cambodia and Laos, Myanmar is not interesting because of their visa regulations, better take the aircraft to Yangon

Budget journeys are possible with a bit of planning, it just needs to identify where most of the cost come up, that is definitely accommodation and transport. Places to visit and low priced hotels to stay are many in Thailand. Find through the internet or just visit a travel agent at your destination (don't believe any taxi or tuk-tuk driver on this subject) and ask what they have. They usually have special agreement with lodges etc. and pass you part of the discount for great beach, island, rafting of maybe nightlife holiday, this is available almost everywhere. A very similar cheap holiday destination is Cambodia.

The other is low cost travel which means instead the aircraft take the bus it takes more time but it usually costs only about a third when you hit the road. Since the coaches are quite good and comfortable there are no real negative sides.

A perfect holiday destination is the Tilawisu Waterfall at Umphang it's only difficult to travel there.

Some of the best destinations and places to visit in Thailand.

Here are great holiday and other travel packages for north, south, east and west Thailand which makes it perfect all year around even when there is some rain it's mostly only for a short time only during monsoon from around July to November it can rain for some more days. Considering the fact its more or less endless summer combined with cheap travel means great holiday.

Starting Holiday to Thailand at Bangkok

great places to visit in Phuket Thailand and the Andaman Sea

Not low cost at Nai Harn Beach Phuket, there is a high end hotel and some accommodations left and right. This is one of the best beaches on the island. Also it is not very convenient since this a somehow isolated corner on the south west coast, read more.  

Holiday on one of the best places to visit the Similan Islands in south Thailand

The Similan Islands are some of the best places to visit in a small archipelago in the Thailand Andaman Sea off Khao Lak north of Phuket. They mainly are known for their beautiful underwater world. But the tourist boom is not very healthy for the area plenty of damage has been done by local boat operators over the years, read more.

Erawan waterfall means low cost travel near the capital

Erawan waterfall at Kanchanaburi is probably the most attractive in the country and not far from Bangkok which make it a great day trip destination. Many people from the capital know that and often it gets very busy around, read more.

bus trips to south Thailand usually is in the night

Bus travel is probably the best way to explore the country. The coaches come in different sizes and drive to almost any destination, on top of it this is quite cheap. E.g. from Phuket to Bangkok, a 12 hour ride through the night is $ 20,-. The buses are comfortable and make one or two stops, read more.

Trips to south Thailand and elsewhere.

The best and fasted moving around in urban areas is with motorbikes (scooter with 150 cc), they can be rented everywhere for around Baht 250,- / day. Actually it is very dangerous to drive with them because most people don't know about traffic rules and they just don't care. A good alternative in Bangkok would be to take a "Motocyc" taxi and the BTS (elevated train) or the underground.

travel tips for a scooter ride to Chiang Mai

Travel tips for a scooter ride to Chiang Mai which is a interesting and cheap country exploration although the weather must be considered, don't do this from May to November since there are frequent showers, although it's never cold it is not comfortable. Anyway that could be perfect holiday travel, read more.
Be fascinated by Thai Orchids and their colors

Be fascinated by local orchids the country is the major exporter of this beautiful plants and they have all possible versions and colors. The best is visiting a flower market or even better a orchid nursery, there are many everywhere, read more.

With the speed boat at Ang Thong coming from Ko Samui

With the speed boat to Ang Thong is a great day trip, it starts in the morning when the tour operator will pick you up, carry you to the pier and supply breakfast after they turn on their 600 HP and the ride over the waves starts. This trip is almost the best someone can do on holiday on Koh Samui, read more.

Low cost travel for visa run between Ranong and Kawthaung
Tourists at Similan islands south Thailand

Tourists on Phuket Mai Khao beach

Tourists on a Phuket Island Beach, this sandy waterfronts are the essence of the tourism in Thailand here are many. The one pictured above is Mai Khao at the north west of Phuket just in front of the Andaman Sea, read more.

If you are on a low budget tour. 

Khao San Road at night and budget travel

For a suitable low cost lodge try Khao San Road As it is visible thats a big Beer Garden with myriads of small street shops where they try to sell anything including services such as massage, food, tours etc. actually every local tries to sell something, read more.

Street Food in Bangkok Pantip Plaza

About eating, street food is the real Thai traditional food. If you are a little bit careful you could be on the safe side with it. You would hardly need to spend more than about $ 5, - for the whole day on food. Especially look first how they clean the plates, fork and spoons, since they don't have running water often they clean the whole day in the same water container, you can imagine what will happen to your stomach afterwards. So check it out first, after it should not be a big problem, read more.

sexy things to do with Thailand Girls in Phuket
What about a pretty Thai girl as a companion when you are on holiday. Could also be a guy as seen below. Since people are open minded there are no problems and it makes your stay a more pleasant one. If you like to change this every day just visit the nightlife spots there are myriads of gorgeous young women, read more

Travel tips for gay and lesbians

Travel tips for Gay and Lesbians, the country is extremely tolerant to the individual, people are not shy and wont hide their sexual preferences towards the "three" gender means ladyboys etc. That's one of the reason why people from the whole world come over to have some time just to live as they want, read more.

Amazing Bangkok Picture showing budget travel

Bangkok pictures show this oriental city with incredible views some are amazing, other trivial and sometimes it's rather shocking since the people have an other thinking pattern and look at many things much different as "westerners" do. This is different with the pics of the Chao Praya River and the BTS train on top, read more.

People are ethnically quite diverse, the Thai and Shan of Myanmar came in long time ago from southern Yunnan, China. There are also plenty from south Asia, means India and Pakistan plus naturally Chinese. There is a substantial amount of European's and a rather small group of Africans and Arabs. From them Nigerians are the worst, they are heavily involved in drug trade, read more.

cheap travel by bus

Road travel by bus, motorbike, ship, scooter and car is the best within the country. Roads are still quite good, ten years ago they were much better. Even into the smallest village is a hard surface asphalt road, ferries carry the people and mostly also vehicles to most islands. Bikes, scooters and cars for rent are widely available at any tourist spot in the country, read more.

Bus counter for Cambodia at Mo Chit terminal in Bangkok

Beside of Cambodia are not many countries around with several road border crossing and most tourists arrive from Thailand by coach. The main destination is Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Another is Koh Kong which has a van link from Trat near Koh Chang. That is a popular Visa Run routing, read more.

Songkhla Holiday in the south including beaches, the city, history and some interesting detail. As usual in the deep south the people are victims of mad islamist controlled from neighboring Malaysia who kill Thai Buddhist every day. Their prefered targets are Buddhist monks, temple boys, school kids, teachers and women, you can see what kind of people this are, read more.

Nightclub dancing in Phuket Town

Nightclubs in Phuket Town and elsewhere can be a haven for the men. Amazing sexy games are played there every night and everyone likes it since it's natural. Only people who have a strange relation to sexy stuff think this not good, read more

Tiger a go-go in Patong Phuket

Tiger a go-go in Patong is one of the best designed club in the country. Somehow following the idea of a natural cave with a few dozen bar cluster where the girls are doing table dancing, read more.

Nightlife girls in Pattaya go-go dancing

Girls in Pattaya doing their job very similar to other nightlife areas in the country. What makes it good is all is very compact located in the town center along the waterfront on the beach road where "walking street" is a segment of it, read more

Ko Panyi & James Bond Island

The island was founded by Indonesian fishermen.

The area was in the 18th Century under the control of the Srivijaya kingdom on today Sumatra. This is a great water world and the only way to enjoy this is by boat. 

To get some better idea of the area take accommodation in one of the guesthouses. Ko Panyi is a Muslim village right in the water on stilts, this golden shimmering mosque is a beautiful optical impression. Maybe have something to eat, be aware that everyone wants to sell you something.

Ko Panyi built on stilts in Phang Nga Bay

The place is about a half kilometer long and before the tourists came all people made their money with fishing. 

Explore the incredible limestone formations, the natural formed caves and have a dive in the pleasant tropical water, just tell the boatmen to stop on a beach you like and jump. 

If you go swimming or just walk around in the splendid waters keep your shoes on or use dive boots, sometimes there are quite sharp coral pieces and other stuff around which is not visible but has sharp edges and after having a cut is having a problem.

Cheap holiday travel in south Thailand.

This area is full of breathtaking panoramas, full of excitement which makes you -gasp- oh - ah and I can't believe. Beaches are so many, nobody actually know how many, but for sure enough. In the emerald sea you will find your own private island with a beautiful white stretch of sand, there are several secluded resorts around. The whole looks like Halong Bay in Vietnam.

James Bond Island

A day trip usually includes James Bond Island.

The name comes because some scenes of the movie "The man with the golden colt" were shot here. It's the taller one in the picture center above

Bus schedule between Bangkok and Chiang Mai

Schedule at Tak.

Travel in Thailand is mainly on the road thats the most important passenger moving. By far more active than air travel or the train and that has a reason. 
This is the prices are low the frequency high and the coaches are quite comfortable and are somehow synchronized, not very good but withing one or two hours it is always possible to get a connection on the main through-roads and stations.
The main terminal is Mo Chit in north Bangkok, another one in the south of the city, in Chiang Mai for the north and Phuket and Hat Yai for the south.    
Bus schedule between Bangkok and Chiang Mai (1)
Bus schedule between Bangkok and Chiang Mai

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Khao Lak Hotels

Countless accommodation are available including resorts & cheaper apartments. 

Among other are the Orchid, Palm Beach, Paradise, Meridien Resort and others. Since there is no bigger town in the area, only the village at the south end there is no real nightlife available, actually there is one small cabaret style nightclub.

When booking keep in mind the place is quite far off any village, there are some taxis available at the street entrance but this guy's really try to milk you.
The Meridien Resort is probably the best around, a pretty place for great beach holiday.

Meridien Khao Lak swimming pool
If you want to have a look around rent a scooter, up to Baht 300,- per day but be extremely Thailand has one of the highest road accident rate in the whole world. 

A basic rule if you see anyone, person, car, bike, bus or whatever use the horn and make sure they notice, they never care about anything, everyone thinks he or she is the only person in the universe.

Float in the Andaman Sea.

The ideal vacation destination for family holiday, beach vacation and people who want to have a quiet life. Plus naturally scuba diving and snorkeling in the Similan Archipelago

Meridien Khao Lak Beach plus sailerCurrently until the end of the year 2015, the National Marine Park is closed, ordered by the Military government to clean up the place which is an excellent idea.

Since this is not a big place visiting is easy but needs some transportation on your own. Hotels and resorts are between the Andaman Sea waterfront and the hills in the back divided by the through road. 

The closer to the beach the higher the price, the place is really convenient because everything is with a short range. Shops, restaurants, hotels, resorts are perfectly situated in this tropical climate. Close to Similan Marine National Park.

Similan Marine National Park Beach
High season is (as usual) from November to April and but Khao Lak also has a community of long stay foreigners who traveled up from Phuket because it gets too crowded there, in particular after the Russian and Chinese took over the tourist scene. 

Most resorts have lush gardens around the swimming pools embedded in a pretty landscaped tropical environment. If you want to learn more about it make a elephant ride but that needs a tough negotiation this almost all Thai thinks tourists are walking ATM machines.

Meridien Hotel Waterfront.

Visiting Khao Lak hotel and resort with pretty gardens, swimming pools and all what you need. 

When leaving the accommodations the visitors will find a dense infrastructure with small shops and restaurants around this is the ideal vacation destination.  
Phi Phi  Island Panorama

A somehow similar situation is here at Phi-Phi Islands.

North Thailand

Here are pictures from a northern journey. 

Starting at Nakhon Sawan and ending in Loi. All in all, north Thailand is a natural beauty with some gaps, but the beauty is overwhelming. 

The number one spot is Chiang Mai 

North Thailand although there are no beaches attracts thousands of travelers every year. This second biggest City in the country is a excellent shopping and nature destination with interesting Buddhist traces in the old town, actually this is the center of the north and must go when travel in Thailand. In between and around are great national parks, rivers and amazing friendly people which makes a stay real pleasure. Excellent hotels, food and shopping plus exploring the lush tropical jungle with elephant trekking and river rafting are highlights.

Visiting so called hill tribes. 

gives a very interesting and colorful picture; this is one of the best travel tips for Thailand. Since there are plenty of airline connections between the south (Phuket) and Chiang Mai it could also be an extension to beach vacation in the south. Since there is also an extensive bus network road travel is another option, prices are quite low and from Phuket every day a bus leaves for the northern capital for a bit over thousand Baht.

Hotels in every price category are around. 

When taking a lodge in the very center within about 20 minutes’ walk the whole old town can be explored. In the evening visiting the famous Chiang Mai night bazaar is almost a must, it’s just a 10 minutes tuk tuk ride. Around the night bazaar are hotels.

This is very compact and better organized than Bangkok, traveling there from the capital is either by bus via the Mor Chit Terminal, the train or the aircraft.

Buddha Statue in Ruins at Sukhothai
Buddha Statue in Ruins at Sukhothai
Pai Waterfall near Phitsanulok
Chatrakan Warerfall near Loei

Mekong River at Chiang Khan

Mekong River at Chiang Khan
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Pretty scenes along the Mekong River.

Road travel in north Thailand
Road travel in north Thailand 1
Road travel in north Thailand 2
Thailand travel tips
Buddha is watching
Road travel in north Thailand 2

Around Chiang Mai.

Thai dancing at Chiang Mai night bazaar
Chiang Mai Pagoda in old townChiang Mai Chedi in old townChiang Mai Temple in old town

What is the difference between a chedi or pagoda and a temple. Into the first you can walk in the others are closed structures.

northern style Buddha statue 1
northern style Buddha statues

Pictures from Sukhothai Historical Park.

 More pictures about history are in the Bangkok National Museum.

Pictures from Sukhothai

Pictures from Sukhothai Temple Ruins

Pictures from Sukhothai Temple Ruins 1

This is cheap holiday travel in north Thailand.

Buddhist art at Sukhothai
Buddhist art at Sukhothai

Thai travel tips at Sukhothai