Thailand Country Guide
When is the best time to visit Thailand?
It very much depends on each individual traveler's priorities. Some might want nothing but sunshine and beaches with little worry for cost and head there during the high season.
Others on a tighter budget, or simply wishing to avoid the crowds, might prefer to go during the rainy season. With lots of special hotel deals on offer, it’s possible to get luxury accommodations at very low prices.
As there is no simple answer to the question, the following calendar will hopefully help you decide which month would best suit you.
January to March
This is the most popular (and therefore the most expensive) time to visit Thailand. Humidity is at its lowest for the year and temperatures are slightly lower than normal, averaging around 32° C from Bangkok southwards. In the north, the temperature can drop much lower overnight but during daylight, hot sunny days are the norm.
If you wish to go there at this time of year then booking your accommodations and flights at least three months ahead is advisable to be sure you get the lowest air fares and widest choice of rooms. In the most popular destinations such as Phuket it is common for the best hotels to be fully booked several months in advance. If you do leave it to the last minute, then you can usually still find somewhere decent to stay but it is more difficult and choices can be limited.
January being the peak-month of the year, hotels often charge more than double the rates they do at other times, though better value is possible in February and more so in March . The other downside for some people will be the crowded streets and nightlife venues, plus the increased traffic, which in some places makes simple things like crossing a road quite a chore.
This is the last month before the rainy season starts, and often the hottest month of the year. It is also the month of "Songkran" festivals, where Thai citizens celebrate their new year by enthusiastically dousing each other (and tourists) with cold water. There is nothing like this anywhere else in the world, and as it attracts large numbers of tourists, expect big crowds and increased prices. For most visitors, it's a time of incredible fun, but if you are not prepared to take part,then be prepared to stay in your hotel room all day as you will not get far along the street before you are completely soaked. You have been warned!
May to August
These are usually the more pleasant months of the rainy season. The humidity will creep up, the temperature will stabilize at around 35° C. and rain will likely be a daily event. However, a common pattern can be a mixed cloudy /sunny day with an intense rain storm that lasts for a couple of hours in the late afternoon, so depending on your luck, it’s still possible to get a good suntan.
With the high season crowds absent, this can be a wonderfully relaxing time to visit. Bargains abound everywhere, from hotels offering special deals, to rock bottom prices in the shopping markets.
September and October
The wettest months are from September to October with very high humidity. Although you can still catch some nice weather, the only real advantage to choosing these months would be that you can get very nice accommodations at extraordinary prices.
November and December
This is the start of the high season, and the rains should clear up. The humidity level should go down, but it can't be guaranteed to work out that way, so an element of luck applies. Still, it's a pretty safe bet that you will get good patches of sunshine and calm clear days. Tourism numbers will increase, but are still far below January and February.
These months can offer the best of both worlds, with a very pleasant climate, moderate numbers of tourists and good prices.
A tourist visa can be used to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days and up to 60 days and can be extended by 30 days at the nearest immigration office.
A tourist visa is needed when a person plans to stay in Thailand for tourism purposes longer than is allowed when entering under the visa exemption, or if a person is from a country that has no visa exemption agreements with Thailand.
The Thai government allows a tourist visa for 41 nationalities to enter the country without a prearranged visa (check on www.mfa.go.th). The visa on arrival is valid for 30 days. If you want to stay longer in the country, you need to ask for a visa in your country at the embassy of Thailand.
ARRIVAL IN THE KINGDOM OF THAILAND
Bangkok is one of Asia’s largest air hubs, so it is very well-connected to the rest of the world. Besides Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, the airports in Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Koh Samui, Phuket and Pattaya are served by international flights directly. Consult our luxury travel advisors or your local travel agent for routings, fares and availability on flights to Thailand.
Thailand shares borders with Myanmar to the northwest, Laos in the northeast, Cambodia to the east and Malaysia to the south.
The Friendship Bridge across the Mekong River between Vientiane and Nong Khai is the busiest crossing. The Second Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge now links Savannakhet with Mukdahan. It is also possible to cross the borders at Houey Xai / Chiang Khong, Nakaxeng / Kaenthao, Pakxan / Bungkan, and Thakhaek / Nakorn Phanom.
Visitors can cross into Thailand from Tachileik to Mae Sai (Chiangrai) and from Kawthoung into Ranong. For the border checkpoints at Mae Sot / Myawaddy and Three Pagoda Pass at Sangkhlaburi / Payathonzu, foreigners can only gain access from the Thai side, so it will be impossible to cross into Thailand from Myanmar at these points.
There are six border crossings linking Thailand and Cambodia. The highway linking Siem Reap and the Angkor temples leads to Aranyaprathet via Poipet and is a popular crossing.
There are four crossings linking Thailand with Malaysia: Padang Besar and Sadao in Songkhla Province, Betong in Yala Province and Sungai Kolok in Narathiwat Province.
Upon arrival in Thailand, all visitors must complete an entry/exit form including a customs declaration. It is important that your copy of this form is kept safe with your passport while in Thailand and is presented to the customs and immigration officials on departure. In case you are obtaining your pre-arranged visa on arrival, please proceed to the visa counter and read the visa section below.
If you have booked a transfer from Luxury Thailand Travel, we will provide you with information on where to meet your guide/driver, as well as a 24 hour phone number to be used in case of difficulties.
Arrival Transfer from Luxury Travel Ltd Thailand
Clients that have booked a transfer will be met by a Luxury Travel representative holding a Luxury Thailand Travel signboard with the client's group or name clearly displayed.
Please note that Suvarnabhumi is a single terminal airport with three entrances from the secure area into the public arrival hall. Domestic arrivals will enter through Gate A, while international arrivals will enter through Gate B or C.
After clearing immigration, retrieving baggage and passing through customs, please continue to the arrivals hall where your guide will be waiting with a sign with your name.
CURRENCY AND CURRENCY EXCHANGE
The Thai unit of currency is the baht, with 1 baht divided into 100 satang. Notes are in denominations of 1,000 (beige), 500 (purple), 100 (red), 50 (blue), 20 (green) and 10 (brown) baht. Coins consist of 25 satang, 50 satang, 1 baht, 5 baht and 10 baht. Major currency bills and travelers cheques are cashed easily at hotels, tourist shops, all provincial banks, shopping centers and money changers. Travelers cheques are best changed in banks (you will need your passport). Rates of exchange at banks or authorized money changers are better than those at hotels and department stores. Any amount of foreign currency may be brought into the country and visitors may take foreign currency out of Thailand, but no more than the amount stated in the customs declaration made on arrival. Travelers leaving Thailand may take out no more than 50,000 baht per person in Thai currency.
Credit cards are widely accepted. For lost cards call:
American Express Tel: (662) 273 5100 or (662) 273 0022
Diners Club Tel: (662) 238 2920 or (662) 238 2680
Master Card Tel: (662) 256 7326-7
Visa Tel: (662) 256 7326-7
ATMs for withdrawing Thai Baht are widely available in major airports, shopping malls, hotels, and almost all provincial banks in Thailand. For most banks there is a maximum withdrawal of 20,000 THB per transaction, however, several withdrawals may be made in a single day. Ask your tour guide for help when you need to locate an ATM.
BUSINESS HOURS IN THAILAND
Most businesses are open from Monday to Friday. Government offices are open from 08:30 to 16:30, with some closing for lunch from 12:00 to 13:00. Many retailers and travel agencies are also open on Saturday and most shops are open on Sundays. Our Luxury Travel office hours are from 09:00 to 18:00 daily and from 10:00 to 16:00 on Sundays.
WIFI AND INTERNET
Internet cafes are widely available everywhere and are easily found in major towns and cities. Prices are reasonable, but may vary from 10 - 60 baht an hour. In many Internet cafes, you can buy pre-paid international phone cards to dial from a computer to a landline or mobile phone worldwide. Most Internet cafes are equipped with webcams, headsets and microphones. Wi-Fi hotspots are becoming increasingly available at most hotels and public spaces in Bangkok. Many hotels also have business centers with PCs connected to the Internet or in-room broadband access. Please note that this service is not always free and the rates are usually cheaper at internet cafes.
Thailand uses 220V (50 cycles per second) but the plugs are not standardized. It is recommended that you bring a universal plug adaptor.
There are plenty of entertainment options in Thailand, and restaurants, bars and nightclubs are open until late at night/early in the morning. A wide variety of restaurants are on offer, with everything from Thai, Chinese, Italian, French, fast food and more
As in Vietnam, Thailand is on GMT + 7 time, and does not operate on a daylight savings system.
Photo developing labs are common in Bangkok and the rest of Thailand, providing normal print films as well as professional quality films (like slide films). Digital photos can easily be downloaded and loaded onto a CD-ROM in case you run out of memory.
Postcards are sold at all main tourist sites and stamps are available from post offices and some hotel reception desks. A postcard to Europe costs 15 baht to send and can take up to two weeks to reach the destination country.
Those possessing a valid International driving license will be able to rent and drive a car. Road signs and maps are commonly displayed in the English language and international car hire companies such as Avis and Hertz also operate in major tourist destinations such as Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket and Samui Island. It is also easy to rent a car with a driver.
There are several options for getting around town. The ubiquitous three-wheeled tuk tuks are fun for short transfers, while metered taxis offer a nice (and cheap) air-conditioned ride. In Bangkok, public transportation includes a skytrain and underground metro which are easy to use, reasonably priced and link most major tourist areas. These are a great way to avoid the city's infamous traffic jams.
Tipping is not a usual practice in Thailand, although it is becoming more common. Most hotels and restaurants add a 10% service charge to the bill. Taxi drivers do not require a tip, but the gesture is appreciated and a 10-20 baht tip is acceptable for porters.
Fixed prices are the norm in department stores, but at most other places bargaining is to be expected. Generally, you can obtain a final figure of between 10-40% lower than the original asking price. Much depends on your skills and the shopkeeper's mood. But remember, Thais appreciate good manners and a sense of humor. With patience and a broad smile, you will not only get a better price, but you will also enjoy shopping as an art.
V.A.T. Refunds: Visitors entering the Kingdom on a tourist visa are entitled to a refund of the 7% V.A.T. on goods purchased at registered retail outlets.
The most widely spoken language in Thailand is Thai, a complicated language with a unique alphabet. Beside the numerous hill tribe dialects, other languages spoken include Lao, Khmer and Chinese. Most Thai people, especially in the major cities, speak English and tourists should have no troubles with communication in these areas.
THE THAI CALENDAR
Thailand has adopted the western calendar to divide the year into days, weeks and months, using Thai names for these units. Years are numbered according to the Buddhist Era (BE), which commenced 543 years before the Christian era. Therefore, for example, 2007 AD is BE 2550.
Thailand's national public holidays are generally linked to religious or agricultural traditions and follow the lunar calendar, therefore the dates for some of the holidays change each year. For the precise dates of the lunar holidays and festival locations, check www.tourismthailand.org
All tourism destinations and provincial capitals have hospitals and clinics staffed by well-trained doctors and nurses. In the case of an emergency, an ambulance can be summoned from any private hospital.
As in most other countries, visitors do not require vaccinations unless coming from or passing through a designated contaminated area
FOREIGN EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES IN THAILAND
Most major embassies and consulates can be found within the city of Bangkok. So if you need to replace a lost passport, look no further than http://tourismthailand.org/travel-information/travel-information-79-1.html
DO'S AND DON'T IN THAILAND
The Monarchy: Thai people have a deep, traditional reverence for the Royal Family, and a visitor should be careful to show respect for the King, the Queen and the Royal Children.
Religion: Visitors should dress neatly in all religious shrines. They should never go topless, or in shorts, hot pants or other unsuitable attire. It is acceptable to wear shoes when walking around the compound of a Buddhist temple, but not inside the chapel where the principal Buddha image is kept.
Each Buddha image, large or small, ruined or not, is regarded as a sacred object. Never climb onto one to take a photograph or do anything which might indicate a lack of respect. Buddhist monks are forbidden to touch or be touched by a woman, or to accept anything from the hand of one. If a woman has to give anything to a monk, she first hands it to a man, who then presents it.
Social Norms: Thais don't normally shake hands when they greet one another, but instead press the palms together in a prayer-like gesture called a “wai”. Generally, a younger person wais an elder person, who then returns the gesture.
Thais regard the head as the highest part of the body, literally and figuratively. Therefore, avoid touching people on the head and try not to point your feet at people or an object. It is considered very rude. Shoes should be removed when entering a private Thai home.
Public displays of affection between men and women are frowned upon.
- Beware of unauthorized people who offer their services as guides. For all tourist information, contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Tel: 1672. For information about Bangkok, contact the Bangkok Metropolitan Tourist Bureau, Tel: 0 2225 7612-4.
- Observe all normal precautions in regard to personal safety, as well as the safety of your belongings. Walking alone on quiet streets or deserted areas is not recommended. Be sure that all your valuables, money, jewelry, and airline tickets are properly protected from loss. Visitors needing assistance relating to safety, unethical practices, or other matters, should call the Tourist Police at Tel: 1155.
- Drop your garbage into a waste container. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is strictly enforcing the law in an effort to keep the city clean and healthy. A fine will be imposed on a person who spits, discards cigarette stubs, or drops rubbish in public areas.
- Do not get yourself involved with drugs. Penalties for drug offences are very severe in Thailand.
- Do not support any manner of wild animal abuse. Never purchase any products or souvenirs made from wild animals including reptiles like snakes, monitor lizards, and also turtle shell and ivory. Avoid patronizing local restaurants that serve wild animal delicacies. It is against the law to slaughter wildlife for food in Thailand.
Thai food is known for its enthusiastic use of fresh (rather than dried) herbs and spices, as well as fish sauce. Instead of a single main course with side dishes found in Western cuisine, a Thai full meal typically consists of either a single dish or rice khao with many complementary dishes served concurrently.
Rice is a staple component of Thai cuisine, as it is in most Asian cuisines. The highly prized, sweet-smelling jasmine rice is indigenous to Thailand. This naturally aromatic long-grained rice grows in abundance in the verdant patchwork of paddy fields that blanket Thailand's central plains. Its aroma bears no resemblance to the sweet smell of jasmine blossoms, but like jasmine flowers, this rice is precious and fragrant, a small everyday delight. Steamed rice is accompanied by highly aromatic curries, stir fries and other dishes, incorporating sometimes large quantities of chilies, lime juice and lemon grass. Curries, stir fries and others may be poured onto the rice creating a single dish called khao rad gang, a popular meal when time is limited. Sticky rice khao neow is a unique variety of rice that contains an unusual balance of the starches present in all rice, causing it to cook up to a pleasing sticky texture. It is the daily bread of Laos and substitutes ordinary rice in rural Northern and Northeastern Thai cuisine, where Lao cultural influence is strong.
Noodles, known throughout parts of Southeast Asia by the Chinese name kwaytiow, are popular as well, but usually come as a single dish, like the stir-fried Pad Thai or noodle soups. Many Chinese cuisines are adapted to suit Thai taste, such as khuaytiow rue, a sour and spicy rice noodle soup.
There is a uniquely Thai dish called “nam prik” which refers to a chili sauce or paste. Each region has its own special versions. It is prepared by crushing together chilies with various ingredients such as garlic and shrimp paste using a mortar and pestle. It is then often served with vegetables such as cucumbers, cabbage and yard-long beans, either raw or blanched. The vegetables are dipped into the sauce and eaten with rice. Nam prik may also be simply eaten alone with rice or, in a bit of Thai and Western fusion, spread on toast.
Thai food is generally eaten with a fork and a spoon. Chopsticks are used rarely, primarily for the consumption of noodle soups. The fork, held in the left hand, is used to shovel food into the spoon. However, it is a common practice for Thais and hill tribe peoples in the North and Northeast to eat sticky rice with their right hands by making it into balls that are dipped into side dishes and eaten. Thai-Muslims also frequently eat meals with only their right hands.
Often Thai food is served with a variety of spicy condiments to embolden the dish. This can range from dried chili pieces, sliced chili peppers in rice vinegar, to a spicy chili sauce such as the nam prik mentioned above.
Throughout its 800 year history, Thailand can boast the distinction of being the only country in Southeast Asia never to have been colonized.
CENTRAL AND EASTERN THAILAND
There are 26 provinces that make up Central and Eastern Thailand, and Bangkok is one of them. Geographically, this is Thailand’s heartland, extending from Lop Buri in the north and covering the rice bowl of the Central Plains around the Chao Phraya River. Further south, the area embraces the east and west coasts of the upper Gulf of Thailand.
This is Thailand’s most fertile farming area, a wide-ranging landscape of paddy fields, orchards and plantations. More than 1,000 years ago, Thai settlers moved down from the north, gradually replacing Mon and Khmer influences and establishing communities at Lop Buri then at Sukhothai, before founding a kingdom that lasted 417 years with Ayutthaya as its capital. When the Burmese destroyed Ayutthaya in 1767, the capital moved to Bangkok.
The Central region has a dramatic history, and has been home to ancient temples, battlefields, many ruins, and its two capitals (Ayutthaya and Bangkok) are a continuing fascination for visitors. The east and west sea coasts at the region’s southern end also draw huge numbers of visitors every year. Bangkok residents spend long weekends enjoying the relaxing seaside atmosphere, while holiday-makers from around the world discover the delights of tropical beach life.
On the eastern side, 400 kilometres of coastline extend from Chon Buri to Rayong, with some of the finest beaches in Asia. Pattaya, with an enormous range of resorts, hotels and guesthouses, is its centre. If you are seeking a more relaxing experience, travel further down the coast to Rayong or Ko Samet, and the lovely islands of Ko Chang National Park near the Cambodian border.
On the west coast, the resorts of Cha-am and Hua Hin attract international travelers who prefer the more sophisticated yet laid-back atmosphere.
Far from the sea, in the northwest of the region, is Kanchanaburi, whose forested mountains, waterfalls, caves, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries on the border with Myanmar provide some of Thailand’s most enthralling scenery.
The 26 provinces of Central and East Coast are Ang Thong, Bangkok, Chachoengsao, Chai Nat, Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, Kanchanaburi, Lop Buri, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phetchaburi, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Prachin Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ratchaburi, Rayong, Sa Kaeo, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, Saraburi, Sing Buri, Suphan Buri and Trat.
The North is the birthplace of the earliest Thai civilisation and has many sites of archaeological and cultural interest. Northern people are famous for their courtesy and hospitality, and the region is also noted for its variety of cultural traditions. Many tourists from the surrounding provinces converge on Chiang Mai for the annual Songkran Festival, and to Sukhothai for Loi Krathong.
The North falls into two distinct areas, the plains of the lower north from Nakhon Sawan to Sukhothai, and the mountainous upper north leading to the borders of Myanmar and Laos. The mountain ranges along the borders are breathtaking, with waterfalls and fast-flowing rivers ideal for rafting. They are also the home of many ethnic hill people.
The region has three seasons, hot from March to May, wet from June to November and cool from December to February. However, high up in the mountains, “cool” may often mean extremely cold.
The Thai nation had its origins in the North, in city states that were gradually incorporated into the Lanna kingdom centred on Chiang Mai. Sukhothai became the first capital of Thailand, but the influence of the Lanna states of Laos and Myanmar can be clearly seen in the architecture and cuisine of the North.
The nomadic hill people of the region pursued their own course, moving back and forth across frontiers. There are six main tribal groups, Karen, Hmong, Lahu, Mien, Akha and Lisu, each with its own unique customs and clothing. Today, they are settled in villages on the mountainsides, a great attraction for travelers.
Most overseas visitors make for Chiang Mai, the northern capital, as a base for visiting ethnic tribes, soft adventure activities and shopping. Further north still, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son are centres for rafting, trekking and tours of tribal villages. To the south, the historical park at Sukhothai is an essential destination for all those wishing to discover more about the history and culture of Thailand.
The 17 provinces that comprise the North are Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nakhon Sawan, Nan, Phayao, Phetchabun, Phichit, Uthai Thani, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, and Uttaradit.
The northeast of Thailand, a vast plateau covering nearly one third of the country, is usually known as Isan. It extends northwards to the Mekong River which divides Thailand from Laos, and to the south and it ends at the Dong Rek mountain range along the border with Cambodia.
It is known to be an arid region with soil of poor quality, but for tourism, Isan is one of the country’s most intriguing destinations with many Stone Age and Bronze Age dwellings and artifacts, and several significant temples that are a legacy of the great Khmer empire.
The sandstone shrines are popular tourist attractions, particularly the superbly restored sites at the historical parks of Phimai in Nakhon Ratchasima and Phanom Rung in Buri Ram. The great temple complex at Khao Phra Viharn in Si Sa Ket, on the border with Cambodia, is now accessible to visitors after a long period of isolation.
The Bronze Age settlements at Ban Chiang in the province of Udon Thani provide fascinating evidence of the work of the local potters some 5,000 years ago. The red and white pottery (with characteristic fingerprint designs) are thought to be the first earthenware vessels known to man.
Two of Thailand’s best-loved national parks (Khao Yai, Phu Kradung and Phu Rua in Loei) are in Isan. Other major attractions include the villages in Khorat and Khon Kaen, where beautiful silk is woven by hand. Isan is a comparatively poor region, whose main income is from agriculture, and many of the younger people in the villages migrate to the city. But Isan folk have a distinctive character and dialect and a vigorous culture, with their old traditions still reflected in the many festivals unique to the region.
With its strategic position bordering Laos and Cambodia, Isan has in recent years risen to become a useful starting point for adventurous journeys to destinations along the mighty Mekong River. There have been important developments in infrastructure to accommodate what is expected to be a boom in tourism.
Travel in the region has been improved by domestic airlines with regular flights to regional airports, and it is no longer impossible to find luxury accommodations, especially in the large provinces of Khon Kaen, Udon Thani Nakhon, Ratchasima and Ubon Ratchathani.
The Northeast consists of 19 provinces: Amnat Charoen, Buri Ram, Chaiyaphum, Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Loei, Maha Sarakham, Mukdahan, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nong Bua Lamphu, Nong Khai, Roi Et, Sakon Nakhon, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani and Yasothon.
This region extends southward along a narrow peninsula lying between the Andaman Sea on its west side and the South China Sea on the east. It is a rich land in terms of the abundance of its natural resources, the fertility of its soil, the diversity of its people and its commercial viability.
The South is made up of 14 provinces from Chumphon in the north down to the Malaysian border, 1,200 kilometres from Bangkok. It has a long coastline on either side, with sandy beaches and offshore islands on both, and a rugged central hinterland of mountains and forests.
The east coast on the Gulf of Thailand always seems to be more relaxed, with long, wide bays and calm seas. The Andaman Sea coast tends to be more rugged and exhilarating, with its strange limestone rock formations and cliffs.
The occurrence of two seasonal monsoons means that the climate differs from the rest of Thailand. The southwest monsoon sweeps the west coast and the Andaman Sea from May to October, while the northeast monsoon moves across the Gulf of Thailand from November to February. The peninsula forms a barrier so that rain rarely falls on both coastlines simultaneously.
The area was once part of the Buddhist Srivijaya Empire but later came under the rule of Ayutthaya and then Bangkok. Chinese and Malaysian influences have played a large part in the cultural makeup of the region. The further south you go, the stronger the Malaysian influence, with a dialect akin to Malay, as well as a predominance of Muslim communities and mosques. Rice fields give way to rubber plantations, and Chinese tin mining operations become evident.
The coastline attracts most tourists, though Samui Island in the Gulf of Thailand is growing in popularity as a laid-back holiday spot with first class diving opportunities nearby on Tao and Pha-ngan islands.
The Andaman Sea coast offers more sophisticated choices in the island province of Phuket, Thailand’s premier holiday resort. However, the fascinating rock formations and offshore islands at Phang-nga, Krabi and Trang are extremely popular for the diving and sailing opportunities they offer.
The mountains, rivers and forests in the national parks in the interior of the peninsula are also gaining popularity with eco-tourists, as can be seen with the growing numbers of safari expeditions on foot, by elephant and in canoes.
The South of Thailand consists of 14 provinces: Chumphon, Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Phang-nga, Phatthalung, Phuket, Ranong, Satun, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Trang and Yala.
THAILAND BEACH DESTINATIONS
- Phuket Beach Guide
- Pattaya Beach Guide
- Hua Hin Beach Guide
- Ko Samui Beach Guide
- Krabi Beach Guide
- Phi Phi Beach
GOLF IN THAILAND
Whether you are looking for extended luxury Thailand golf tours, golf clubs or just short golf holidays, Thailand has some of the world’s top international courses, designed by some of the world's top international golfers. You will find golf courses in most cities, with the best being in Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket. Others are in Chiang Mai, Hua Hin and Khao Yai. Many Thai and many golfers believe that the best and most convenient golfing can be found in Hua Hin. Being a fabulous holiday beach resort, who can blame them?
The biggest problem you may have is that it may not always be convenient to play if your tour is not reserved beforehand, so just arriving and expecting to play may not be as easy as you might have expected. Green fees can range from 500 to 1,000 baht per round over the weekend.
If you are a keen golfer and play in Thailand often, why not apply for a “THAIGOLFER CARD”(formally known as the “THAIGOLFER PRIVILEGE CARD”)? This is Thailand's premier golf discount card, offering all sorts of benefits, as well as some great valuable free gifts. The card will allow you access to some 50 golf courses around Thailand. You can contact us for more information on this.
Golfing in Bangkok:
Bangkok is one of the world’s top tourist destinations. This vibrant city is a shopping paradise and a tourist treasure, with more than meets the eye, as it is home to eclectic markets, stunning temples, luxury hotels and accommodations, as well as fine restaurants and food stalls of every kind. Most tourists who come to this cosmopolitan city do not come home without enjoying a motorized “tuk-tuk” ride, Muay Thai kickboxing, Thai massage, island hopping or a relaxing round of golf on any number of the top golf courses around the country.
Golfing in Pattaya:
Otherwise known as the “Extreme City”, Pattaya is also well documented for its exotic, legendary nightlife, which sets the tone for this city. The best kept secrets of Pattaya may be the numerous excellent golf courses and Thailand golf packages, which offer an experience which rivals any top European or American destination, and all within a 50 minute drive.
Golfing in Chiang Mai:
The City of Chiang Mai offers a wealth of sightseeing attractions and activities, from white water rafting to city temple tours to trips to see traditional hill tribes. Along with all this, there is a wide variety of accommodations and an outstanding array of beautiful and challenging golf courses that makes it one of Thailand’s prime golfing and tourist destinations.
Golfing in Phuket:
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and its glory is in its magnificent coastline, with white sandy beaches, rocky headlands and quiet coves. Phuket is also probably Thailand’s best warm weather golf destination with the number of well-maintained golf courses here growing and being constantly upgraded.