When’s the best time to go?
Whether you’re going for the splash-tastic spectacle of the Water Festival or you want to recharge your soul at the Wat Pho Buddhist temple, holidays to Thailand have something for everyone. With exceptional beaches, stunning countryside, bustling cities and spicy, exotic cuisine, you can make your break exactly what you want it to be. The best Thailand travel advice we can give you is one, buy a ticket right now, and two, choose the best time to go.
Set in the Indian Ocean, Thailand enjoys a tropical climate and is warm all year round. For the best of the sunshine, book your Thailand holiday between November and April, when the temperature averages between 28°C and 31°C. If you like it hot then March to May are when the temperature climbs into the mid-to-high 30s.
However, while it might be warm throughout the year, it’s not always dry. From the end of May right through until October, the rainy season gets going, with September being the wettest month.
What should I pack?
While sunscreen and insect repellent should be at the top of anyone’s Thailand holiday packing list, there are some less obvious things to consider. Shoes that are easy to slip on and off are a must; you’ll find that you’ll be asked to remove your shoes when entering a variety of places such as temples, restaurants, shops and even cafés.
Surprisingly, some parts of Thailand are quite conservative, so play it safe and leave skimpy clothing at home. Replace strappy tops and shorts with loose clothing. However, if you’re going to hit the beaches, swimsuits are fine, so pack a few.
Passports and visas
Do I need a passport?
If you’re taking your holidays to Thailand from the UK, you’ll need a valid passport. Thailand entry requirements state that it must be valid for at least six months and be undamaged, with no pages missing. For further information on Thailand passport entry requirements, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/thailand/entry-requirements
Do I need a visa?
If you’ve got a British passport, you don’t need a Thailand visa. This is known as ‘visa exemption’ and allows British nationals to stay in the country for up to 30 days. If your trip is going to be longer than that, or you’re going with the intent to work, you’ll need to apply for a Thailand visa before you fly. For further information on visas, you can read more at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/thailand/entry-requirements
Health and Safety
Should I get travel health insurance?
While holidays are supposed to be a time for fun and relaxation, there’s always the possibility for unexpected and unfortunate situations. Travel health insurance gives you the peace of mind that the cost of any medicines, hospital bills or emergency treatment will be met. If you’re taking Thailand holidays with specific activities in mind such as diving or climbing, check to see that you’re covered for those too.
Any other tips?
- Cash is king, so be sure to carry enough Thai Baht for your daily needs. Smaller notes and coins are particularly useful in markets, little shops and taxis. There are ATMs in Thailand, but the exchange rate can be steep, so it’s worth changing your sterling before you travel.
- Whether you’re driving or on foot, watch the traffic. Thai roads are busy, and driving standards tend to be a little ‘random’. While renting a scooter might seem like a good idea at the time, taxis and rickshaws are a better option.
- Alcohol can only be sold from 11am – 2pm and 5pm – midnight.
- Be sure to try the street food. While there are plenty of restaurants to enjoy on your holiday to Thailand, the best food is often found at street vendors and carts. It can be very spicy, but delicious.
- Don’t touch anyone on the head. In the Thai culture, the head is seen as sacred and even ruffling a child’s hair could cause offence.