why travel solo to thailand?
Thailand conjures images of tropical beaches, world-famous street food and golden temples – complemented by an easy-going, fun-loving national spirit.
Celebrated around the world for its cuisine, you’re likely to be familiar with the flavours of Thailand already. Travel to Bangkok and you’ll feel the culinary dream unfold around you, amid market stalls selling everything from crispy fried banana to piping hot noodles. Built on the banks of the Chao Phraya river, your first impressions may well be of a bustling metropolis of skyscrapers and hyper-development; but Old Bangkok still peeks out between the cracks, in its golden temples, quiet alleys and traditional shop fronts.
Further north, the cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai retain a more provincial charm, marked by traces of the Lanna Kingdom which once ruled the north. The temples here are some of the most unique in the country: hilltop shrines guarded by giant serpents, intricate structures that could have been carved of ice, ultra-modern altars painted in cobalt blue.
Thailand’s south is most famous for its tropical beaches and epic limestone cliffs. Krabi Province, in particular, is a mecca for rock-climbers, attracting adventurous types of all levels. Looking for an active adventure? We can’t recommend Thailand enough.
What's the weather like?
Thailand is tropical and humid for most of the year, but the average summer temperature is 30C (86F), while winter averages 10C (50F).
Average temp in high season
What’s the national language?
What’s the currency?
Thailand’s timezone is GMT+7
Top three activities
1. Kayak through Bor Thor National Park
2. Snorkel through the waters off Bamboo Island
3. White-water raft down the Mae Taeng River
Top five dishes to try
1. Tom yum goong: a sour seafood soup spiced with lime and lemongrass
2. Som tam: a fresh spicy papaya salad
3. Tom kha kai: a sour chicken coconut soup
4. Pad thai: a fried noodle dish with peanuts and lime
5. Khao pad: Thai fried rice
Top places to visit in Thailand
This city in mountainous northern Thailand is home to a community of artists and digital nomads, attracted to the city by its relaxed lifestyle and ancient architecture. Here you can sample Thai food at Kad Ton Payom market, wander through tropical gardens and take in Thai culture in the local galleries.
Krabi is home to the Phi Phi islands, which jut from the sea like giant green boulders, and the beautiful Railay Beach, a spot popular with rock-climbers and only accessible by boat. In Krabi, you’ll find craggy, sheer limestone cliffs and dense mangrove forests, as well as idyllic white sandy beaches.
This heady capital city is abuzz with life. Explore Bangkok the way locals do, by travelling through the city by tuk-tuk, skytrain or traditional riverboat. Head to Old Town to admire the beauty of Wat Pho temple.
Khao Sok’s abundant biodiversity makes it the perfect spot to explore Thailand’s natural beauty. Take a boat ride into a lush habitat of rainforests, caves and limestone islands or grab your hiking boots to see the surrounding countryside by foot.
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