It is no wonder that millions of people from all over the world flock to Thailand each year or that this Southeast Asian paradise is a popular business convention destination. With a mild year-round temperature, gorgeous beaches, budget-friendly prices, hospitable people, and delicious food, Thailand is a treat for any traveler. Tourism is a critical part of Thailand's economy, and while there are throngs of visitors, you can still find the solitude to enjoy a stretch of white sandy beaches or to enjoy a plate of authentic som tam. The tourist bureau's motto is, "Amazing Thailand, Amazing Value." How right they are.
There is a lot to see, do, and eat in Thailand, and the diversity of the attractions will astonish any first-time visitor. From diving through incredible underwater vistas and walking along the sandy beaches to visiting Buddhist destinations and World Heritage sites, your Thai vacation will be filled with unforgivable sights, sounds, and smells. An experience not to be missed: visit the wonderful floating market at Damnoen Saduak. You will find vendors selling fruits, vegetables, and much more from sturdy canoes. The spectacle itself is visually stunning, and there is nothing like haggling to liven up your vacation!
Many of Thailand's most treasured attractions are outdoor – the beaches, walks to Buddhist temples, markets – and the weather will play a role in your vacation as well. Thailand has a tropical savannah climate, which means it is typically very warm all year. There is a pronounced dry season. The southern and eastern portions of the country have a tropical monsoon climate.
The rainy season in the west occurs from May to October, and in the southeast, it is from October to January. While Thailand is well worth visiting then, you may want to plan for a drier season if you want to take advantage of the beaches. March through May is the hot dry season, and this is when Thailand comes alive with festivals and celebrations, including the Songkran Festival, which honors the Thai New Year.
In addition to weather, foreign travelers should also check for travel advisories before making final plans. While Thailand is very safe and stable, there has been sporadic political unrest. American visitors are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (SMART), which allows them to be updated with important safety and security announcements. Also check the US State Department's page on Thailand .
Thailand is one of the most exotic locales in the world, and the value you will find there is incredible. You can afford to enjoy world class attractions and beauty, all while being in the midst of a lively, rich culture