Lonely Planet recommends
travelling to Thailand between February and March
for the best weather.
March - June
Dryer than humid, HOT
Avg. Daytime Temp: 95F / 35C
July - November
Monsoon Season, Cloudy, Humid
Avg. Daytime Temp: 89F / 32C
November - February
Dryer than humid, Cooler than hot
Avg. Daytime Temp: 86F / 30C
Average Daytime Temperatures are for
Getting around Thailand
is much easier than you might think.
Bangkok contains a skytain
(BTS) and subway (MTS) system and is always crowded with
buses and metered taxis. The skytrain and subway alone
can take you near most tourist attractions.
can be used to visit other parts of Thailand outside
of Bangkok and are fast, affordable, and well-serviced.
Trains are comfortable, punctual,
moderately priced, and slow. Although, they have option
of providing sleeping berths.
Motorcycle rentals can be
found anywhere and are very cheap. Be sure to check the
condition of the bike thoroughly before renting as flat
tires can be common. Keep in mind that road rules in Thailand
are not often adhered to and other modes of transportation
are much safer. DO NOT ride a motorcycle in Bangkok!
Rice for Every
Thai food is known for being hot and spicy, but
this is not true for all dishes. All extremes of flavor
can be found in Thai food from spicy, sweet, sour, or salty.
Salads are sour, sweet, and spicy from a combination fish
sauce, lime juice, sugar, and peppers.
Soups can be hot and
spicy or bland depending on how it is to be eaten. Some
soup is meant to be spooned onto rice.
Desserts are usually
a combination of fruits like sticky rice with mangos or
bananas. Other popular desserts include fruit syrup with
crushed ice and coconut cream.
Curries are made from
a curry paste that includes herbs and spices. This paste
is cooked in coconut juice before the meat is added.
It's not just the bargains that make
shopping in Bangkok fun, but the shopping experience itself!
You can spend days exploring huge upscale malls and vast,
bustling night markets.
In markets and generally any place outside of department
stores, shoppers are expected to bargain for a deal. Don't
be shy to ask a seller to lower the price because they
anything and everything about activities and destinations
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