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A Guide to Thailand

By HarryFriday 21st March 2014

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Thailand is an enchanting country, and with its delectable food, beautiful beaches and fascinating culture it’s an amazing place to go on holiday. From riding the thrilling Tuk-Tuks of Bangkok to swimming in the crystal clear sea of the Ko Phi Phi Islands, you’re bound to enjoy every minute of your time in Thailand. We’ve put together a helpful guide to get you ready for your dream trip away – enjoy! 


When to go

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If you’re not a big fan of the summer heat then the best time to go is between November and February – the ‘cool’ season. Cool it may be, but with temperatures still reaching up to 30°c, the weather is still gorgeous. There’s never a bad time to go to Thailand, so whenever you decide to take your Asia cruise holiday you’re bound to enjoy amazing weather.
If you’re a sun lover, then a great time to go is in the ‘hot’ season between March and May. With rising temperatures and beautiful blue skies, this time of the year is perfect for days by the beach or snorkelling – just don’t forget your sun cream!


Bangkok is one of the busiest and most exciting cities in Thailand, with a reputation of being an incredibly friendly destination for all visitors. After arriving in Bangkok, take a quick ride through the city’s bustling streets on a Tuk-Tuk, for a chance to explore a different side of Thailand and for a true Thai experience.
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Once you’ve got to grips with the city, try one of the 50,000 places to eat. Whether you fancy a lunch of fresh Pad Thai, or you and your kids want to dive into a bowl of delicious exotic flavoured ice creams, you’re bound to find a restaurant or café that you’ll love. If you’re feeling brave, try deep-fried and seasoned insects. These critters are actually tastier than you’d expect!
After filling up on the local delicacies, take some time to explore the sights and customs. A good way of doing this is to attend a traditional performance in the district of Ratchadaphisek, where beautiful shows are put on, depicting each of Thailand’s regions’ history.  If you’ve chosen to holiday to Asia in November make sure you and your family make time for the Loi Krathong, the mesmerising Festival of Lights. Release candle-lit lanterns up into the air, and watch as they float up in the sky – a great, evening treat for you and your kids.
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With white sandy beaches, pools of turquoise water and swaying palm trees, Phuket is a holiday maker’s paradise. Because of its fantastic beaches and clear sea, Phuket is one of the best destinations for those of you looking to snorkel. The Karon and Patong beaches both offer great snorkelling opportunities, and with fascinating reefs that are easily accessibly Karon and Patong are perfect for when your kids want to investigate what’s under the water too.
For some family fun head over to Phuket’s Butterfly Farm,  to admire the collection of beautiful creatures such as butterflies, honey bees and a variety of marine life. Your kids will get to watch the many chrysalises wriggle around until striking butterflies hatch out into the air, and sample the honey from the many bees that are kept on the farm – yum! After spending your day admiring these tropical insects, enjoy some tasty Thai food and ice cold drinks at the Butterfly Farm’s Bistro, followed by a quick trip to the farm’s shop, to buy some little trinkets to take back home.

Can’t wait to get to Thailand?

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We don’t blame you; it’s an amazing place with sunshine, beaches and great food – what’s not to love? Take a look at our Asia cruises now, to see how quickly you could be wandering along the stunning beaches of Phuket.

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