Your Thailand vacation
Thailand is an exotic blend of long, crescent-shaped beaches, remote mountain villages and fast-paced urban fever. In Bangkok, the streets are perfumed with incense and covered in traffic, temples and ultra-modern edginess. Meet pandas in Chiang Mai and party under a full moon in Koh Phang Ngan. Bargain your way through the Damneon Saduak Canal Floating Market, or snorkel the red coral reefs of Hin Daeng.
From the Similian Islands to the hot springs, let Orbitz help you create your Thailand vacation. Our travel guide details insider tips, including the best time to go and top 10 highlights.
Best time to take a vacation to Thailand
The weather in Thailand ebbs and flows between moderate and steamy year-round. Summers are hot and humid, but rainy season (July to October) helps cool the air, and showers are typically brief. Mix festive Thai traditions with the weather in late fall/early winter during Loi Krathong.
Peak tourist times are in August, November through December, and February to March, with secondary peaks in January and July. From mid- to late-spring, June and early fall, Thailand is less crowded, and discount hotel rates are easier to come by.
Insider tips for Thailand travel
Dining and drinking in Bangkok
Check out Sirocco restaurant, famed for its glass-walled bar on the building's edge, or the eclectic Iron Fairies -- a live jazz bar that quadruples as a gallery, restaurant, antique store and a blacksmith's workshop. Bangkok's House of Beer serves labels from all over the world, including local brews.
Mansion 7 (Bangkok)
This boutique shopping mall goes far beyond tradition – experience a spooky setting with industrial-themed bars, unique restaurants, gag gifts, funky fashions and a haunted house.
Muay Thai (Phuket)
Rapidly gaining popularity worldwide, Muay Thai boxing (Thailand's national sport) is an electrifying spectacle to watch. Visit Saphan Hin Stadium in Phuket to see regular matches with well-trained martial arts experts.
Divers and marine life fanatics find nirvana on these pristine islands located about 30 miles from Khao Lak. Enjoy bird-watching on the white coral beaches, warm, turquoise waters and unusual granite formations dotting the landscape.
The Regent Silom Hotel (Bangkok)
If you’re looking for a Bangkok hotel where you can walk to tons of clubs and attractions, and then sink into a comfortable bed, the Regent Silom might be perfect for you. But it’s the Sabai Thai massage (traditional Thai massage, oil massage, herbal compresses, foot and facial massages, manicures and pedicures) that really make this a standout among other highly rated, budget-friendly establishments of its ilk.
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Damneon Saduak Canal Floating Market
This Thai film star was made famous by the James Bond film "The Man with the Golden Gun." Hail a long, narrow boat and bargain with local vendors selling grapes, papayas, oranges and more. Get there by 8 a.m. to beat the crowds.
Thailand's capital city is buzzing with tuk-tuks, markets and eateries. Check out the reclining Buddha at Wat Po, and Thailand's most respected religious artifact: a Buddha carved from single piece of jade at the Grand Palace. Shake up the scene in the Patpong Night Market, the backpacker-friendly Khao San, and Chinatown's curvy network of alleyways and bazaars.
Located high in Thailand's northern mountainous region, this spiritual city is home to restaurants, temples, craft shops and cooking schools. The Chiang Mai Day & Night Safari is home to tigers, flamingos, zebras, peacocks and more. Hand-feed animals on the Jaguar Trail or ride through the zoo after dark.
San Kamphaeng Hot Springs
Discover Thailand's fountain of youth: Hot springs rich in sulfur. Set in a 40-acre parkland of trees and verdant hills, enjoy mineral water bathing rooms, swimming, dining and more. Public transportation is available from the Chang Phuak bus terminal.
East Coast Islands
Backpackers, snorkelers and divers visit Koh Samui and Koh Phangan islands known for their laid-back white sandy beaches and clear blue waters. Check your calendar for a full moon, it's cause for celebration in Koh Phangan. At dusk, huge crowds flock to the beach for a night of dancing, fireworks and festivities.
Mae Hong Son
Time stands still in this misty northern region. Here you'll see mystical scenery, hiking trails and mountain villages, home of the Karen long-neck people. See the Pha Sua waterfall from the Thanon Thongchai range between Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand.
Once the trading capital of Asia, Ayutthaya is now mostly ruins of the city that burned down after a Burmese invasion in 1767. Most of the remains are temples and palaces, officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the area's history and artifacts Ayutthaya Historical Study Center and the new Baan Hollanda.
This secluded beach -- reachable only by boat -- attracts rock climbers, backpackers and adventure seekers to white sand beaches, clear blue water and limestone cliffs. Check out the iconic James Bond Rock and hike the mountainous region.
Koh Phi Phi
Climb steep cliffs to watch amazing sunsets, hire a long tail boat and snorkel in the beautiful waters. While tourism has increased since the release of the Danny Boyle's film "The Beach," Koh Phi Phi offers plenty of relaxation, plus outdoor adventures like backpacking, swimming and more.
Dive into the Andaman Sea from various shelves at one of the world's premier diving spots. Hin Daeng features lush, soft red coral teeming with round batfish, manta rays, barracudas, whale sharks and moray eels.