When to Go on A Thailand Vacation
The best time to go to areas in the lower elevations such as Phuket or Bangkok is between November and February when both temperature and humidity remains at its best. In northern areas, such as Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai province, the best time to visit is during the dry season between November and May since Monsoon spans between June and October.
What to Do
The Grand Palace – in Bangkok, this was the main palace for the King of Thailand until 1925 and is now used primarily for ceremonial purposes. It is the location of the royal offices as well as the Emerald Buddha, which is carved from pure Jade and sits in the ordination hall.
Dusit Palace Park–part of the Vimanmek Teak Mansion. It’s attributed to the king that reigned from 1868 – 1910 who is the same king that the book, play and movie – “The King and I” – was based on. The king had been educated by a British teacher that made a trip to Europe andbegan transforming his palaces into the styles of European castles and gardens upon his return.
Royal Thai Elephant Museum – part of the complex of buildings in Dusit Palace Park, is the original stables that housed the Royal White Elephants. White Elephants automatically belong only to the royal family.
Siam Niramit – When you are in need of a break from touring palaces and temple complexes, try to catch the Siam Niramit show. The show called, the “Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Siam”, explores the history of Siam. The mythology of its creation uses more than 100 performers in each of its locations. You can catch this show in either Phuket or Bangkok.
Chiang Mai–this city is in the northern part of Thailand and encapsulates the old and new in a most charming way. The Winter Palace, Bhubing Palace, is open to visitors even though the Royal family still uses it for their winter residence and hosts foreign State Visitors as it is one of the most modern palaces in Thailand.
Chiang Mai Zoo – more than just housing land animals common to Asia and Africa, there is a Panda exhibit, the aquarium tunnel with rare fish from Thailand and other parts of Asia and the Aviary. The zoo also offers the Twilight Zoo as a night attraction. They have excellent tram service for those who wish to spare the walking.
Chiang Mai Night Safari – another great adventure experience for the entire family is part of the Doi Suthep –Pui National Park activities to introduce and educate adults and children on exotic animals – some of which are part of the endangered list. The tourists are taken around in a 50-seat open-air tram. You can feed Hippos and bathe elephants just in case you want direct contact with the animals.
Krabi’s Koh Muk and Tham Morakot (Emerald Cave) –the perfect area for nature lovers who wish to swim, dive and view some of the most beautiful corals growing in the Emerald colored waters. At low tide, the Emerald Cave appears for the first time. Boating is another option to enjoy the island’s features and boats are available for rental.
Wat Rong Khun – located in Tambon Pa o Don Chai near Chiang Rai – Chiang Rai is not far from the city of Chiang Mai and if you are in the area, catch the White Buddhist Temple with a golden restroom. It’s unlike any other temple you’ll ever see.
Any of the major metropolitan centers and resort areas have more than enough variety for finding unique objects to take home. Ask what the materials are that are used before buying and confirm that the silks and other natural fibers are from Thailand rather than China.
Sleeping and Eating
Having built up their tourist business over the last 100 years, every resort and major city in Thailand offers the most exclusive and luxurious hotels and international cuisine anywhere.
Below are a few of the native Thai dishes are some that are favorites for western tastes and worthy of trying out when you wish to try traditional native food.
Tom Yum Gung – Thai coconut milk soup made with shrimp, mushrooms, and kaffir lime leaves.
Panang Gai – is a chicken dish with red curry, coconut cream and kaffir lime leaves
Jim Jum – this is a dish that is actually made at the table by the diners. A large clay pot filled with pork broth is brought to the table followed by an assortment of vegetables and meats on a separate tray. The diners add their favorites to the pot and let it boil while they enjoy each other’s company.
Moo Dad Diew – for a great snack at one of the street stalls, look for this deep fried, skewered pork bites served with the Thai chili sauce. It will perk you up and give you a bounce to your step!