Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The best time to visit Thailand to grab a cheap deal

As the end of January draws near, there is only one more month of really good weather in Thailand and I thought I would share some ideas for traveling here out of the main tourist season.  Of course, deciding to take a vacation in Thailand anytime between November and February may be great for the weather, but it may not be too good for your pocket. Because the weather is so good, the period between November and February is the peak tourist season and as a result the islands and beaches are quite busy and everything is more expensive.

If you are not bothered by rain and don't mind the a few cloudy days then choosing to come on vacation during the low season (March to October) could save you a considerable amount of money. Not only are flights cheaper at that time but many hotels and resorts will offer cut price accommodation and long-stay packages. Arriving in the low season also means that there are fewer tourists around and so there will be more room on the beaches and you will not necessarily have to book a hotel room in advance.

During the rainy/monsoon season there will be many rainless days and with temperatures in the south falling no lower than around 25°C, a beach holiday is still a good option. The oceans off the coast remain warm all year round. However, when swimming or snorkeling etc please pay attention to any warning flags and seek advice before entering the water as the seas can be dangerous at this time of the year due to strong currents and rip-tides.

Even if it does rain there are plenty of ways to keep yourself amused during the low season, below are just a few ideas:

Learn to cook Thai – it's a great time to explore the Foods of Thailand. There are many excellent Thai cooking schools around, ask for details at your local tourist information outlet. More on Foods of Thailand.

Snake head FIsh (Pla Chon)

Shop – throughout Bangkok and in many of the major towns you will find plenty of undercover shopping malls and markets offering cheap deals and end of season sales.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

White water rafting – with it being the rainy season the rivers are full and fast, perfect conditions for maximum thrills.

Trekking – Discover Thailand's natural world by trekking through one of country's 102 national parks. The diverse range of tropical vegetation is not only wonderful to explore it also provides plenty of protection from the rain, and the lower temperatures make the rainy season an ideal time to explore this beautiful Kingdom.  Learn about Kao Yai National Park...

Khao Yai National Park

Kick boxing – get fit and learn a martial art by taking Muay Thai lessons, there are many training camps throughout Thailand, or if you prefer to watch, why not visit a Muay Thai stadium and witness a professional fight?

Visit an aquarium – the Thais are big fans of fish, wherever you look you will find lakes, ponds, tanks and even bowls full of colorful tropical fish. There are large aquariums in Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, and Phuket with the biggest of all being Siam Ocean World in Bangkok.

Siam Ocean World

Take a trip to a spa – pamper yourself and soothe away any troubles with a wonderfully relaxing Thai Massage.  Lear more about Thailand Spas...

Visit a museum – Thailand is rightly proud of its historical past and many towns will have museums or sites of an historical nature that will metaphorically transport you back into the world of ancient Siam.  Learn about the Thailand National Museum...

Erawan Museum

Visit a hot spring – hot springs by nature are hot all year round, but there is something special about sitting in a natural hot tub with the steam rising around your ears while the cooling rain pours down your face.

Northern Roads

Kite surfing – strong winds during the monsoon season make the beaches of Phuket, Chumphon, Hua Hin, Koh Samui, Pattaya and Koh Phangan ideal for extreme sports like kite surfing.

Surfing – sssh, don't tell anyone but during the rainy season the swells are high enough that it is even possible to surf off the coast of Phuket and from the island of Koh Kraden.

Go diving – with warm waters all year round there is never a bad time to go Diving in Thailand, as long as the seas are not too rough, who cares if it rains – after all you can't get any wetter!  Learn more about Diving and Snorkeling in Thailand...

Snorkeling at Koh Rok in the Andaman Sea

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