- Superb beaches
- Excellent dive sites
- Beautiful temples
- Exciting cities
- Spicy, delicious cuisine
- Charismatic wildlife
- Great hiking trails
- Historical attractions
Thailand is full of magical beaches, exciting cities, colorful villages and heart-stoppingly scenic regions. Thankfully for vacationers, the country is also crammed with fantastic vacation rentals, with options for every traveler. Some of the best of all are located along the coast of Phuket province, where you’ll find vacation homes beside soft, white beaches and within sight of the warm, azure waters of the Indian Ocean. It’s heaven for beach fans.Rent a vacation apartment in central Bangkok
Sprawling, energetic and absorbing, Bangkok is one of Asia’s great cities, and it has a wide range of rental homes as well. Stay in condos with their own pools and gyms, find standalone houses in the suburbs, or properties just a short walk away from buzzing shopping areas like Sukhumvit Road. Find somewhere quiet or right at the heart of it all by searching on the Holidu database.
One of Asia’s finest tourist destinations, Thailand blends sublime beaches with vibrant cities. It’s a place where you can dive and snorkel in dazzling reef systems; stay at golf resorts, dine on delicious curries, and explore beautiful temples. In short, it’s vacation heaven.Ways to get to rental homes in Thailand
Reaching a vacation rental anywhere in Thailand won’t be tough. The country is well served by international airlines, but you’ll need to transfer if you are flying from the USA. For example, you can fly to Bangkok or Phuket from New York with stopovers in cities like Dubai or Moscow. You can also hop over the Pacific from LA via Tokyo – so there are plenty of options.Finding your way around Thailand
If you touch down in Bangkok, there are buses and Rail Link trains into the city center. From there, you can either rent a car and explore on your own, travel to major cities via air conditioned buses or catch the train to destinations like Chiang Mai (which is a good way to see the interior of the country).
Whether you intend to dive to wrecks and coral reefs, snorkel in the shallows, paddleboard, swim or take the helm of a powerboat, you can do it all at Thailand’s beaches, which are among the best in the world.A great place for history lovers to explore
Beautiful Buddhist temples seem to be everywhere in Thailand, where exceptional attractions include the royal Grand Palace, Bangkok’s Wat Arun temple and Wat Saket – a golden temple that rises majestically above the capital’s suburbs.Great fun for foodies
Thai food has become well-known across the world. Why not visit the source, where you can find out how authentic satay tastes, enjoy huge portions of Pad Thai and test yourself against formidably spicy green and red curries?
While the Grand Palace is an absolute must-see, Bangkok has plenty of monuments, museums and temples to visit, including Wat Pho, with its immense reclining Buddha and the Wat Arun temple complex beside the river.2. Visit an elephant sanctuary
Elephants and Thailand go together like eagles and America. You can see Indian elephants at close quarters by visiting the Elephant Nature Park in the northern part of the country.3. Stop off at some of Thailand’s islands
Thailand’s islands are some of its most beautiful places. In particular, islands like Ko Samui (a major party center), Ko Samet and Ko Tao attract huge numbers of visitors every year, seeking relaxation, secluded beaches and buzzing seafront bars.4. Go Scuba diving at the country’s best dive sites
Thailand is a magnet for serious and novice divers alike. Phi Phi Islands in the Andaman Sea, and the waters around Phuket abound with richly colored tropical fish, and there are places to learn the ropes. Be sure to do so if you can. It’s an unforgettable experience.5. Make a trip to Kanchanaburi
Near the Myanmar border, Kanchanaburi always attracts visitors for its scenic beauty. There are also some historical attractions like the famous Bridge on the River Kwai, and Hellfire Pass – a 500 meter trench dug by British and US prisoners of war to make way for a WW2 Japanese railway.
According to the Global Destinations Cities Index, Thailand’s capital Bangkok is officially the world’s “most visited city”, welcoming around 16 million people every year.
Thailand’s climate is classically tropical, with stead temperatures all year-round (hardly ever dipping below 80 degrees). The seasonal difference is all about precipitation. If you want to avoid epic rain showers, visit the country between March and June (the “hot” season) or from November through February (the not very cool “cool” season).Things to think about before you go
If you intend to drive during your stay in Thailand, that shouldn’t be a problem. However, you’ll technically need to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) before you travel. You might be fine with a simple license, but it’s not worth the risk. Don’t be put off driving though, as in Thailand it’s great to have the flexibility to move around. One beach could fill up fast, while other nearby locations are virtually empty. If you have wheels of your own, you can easily find somewhere less busy to unwind.
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