You’ve no doubt heard of the 12 days of Christmas, well we’ve put a slightly different take on that and created the 12 months of Thailand. Most of Asia is within a couple of hours flight time to the Land of Smiles but most of us only explore a small part of the country.
Here’s a list you can aim for – Thailand by month. So you can make sure you see all of this amazing country, although in truth, you can go at any time of the year!
January – Phuket
Boat around Phang Nga Bay, go to James Bond Island and Koh Panyee. Check out the Sino-Portuguese heritage in old Phuket town. Wander through the electric evening along Patong’s Bangla Road, and be entertained by the uniquely local colour. And of course, swim, snorkel and dive to your heart’s content amongst some of the most beautiful waters anywhere. Or just find a great sun lounge and chill completely out.
February – Bangkok
There’s nothing quite like Bangkok. Bustling with people, tuk tuks, sights and sounds – it rarely slows down. Check out the home of the Thai King at the incomparable Grand Palace built in 1782. Take in the glorious sunset on a dinner cruise down the Chao Phraya River, then party the night away at Khao San, RCA and Sukhumvit 11 with the latest DJs spinning some great house music.
March – Chumphon
Explore the 200 kilometres of gorgeous coastline at Chumphon. A great quiet alternative to some of the more popular tropical island style locations in Thailand, you’ll still be well served with water sport activities and more.
April – Chiang Mai
Amongst the forested mountains, Chiang Mai is an ancient city dating back to the 1200s. There’s an array of historic temples and sites, but its also known for as an artistic hub. Fantastic silks, fabrics, clothes and other examples of handmade talent is widely available.
May – Ubon Ratchathani
Take a boat tour along the Mekong River to the spectacular Pha Taem National Park, and fitness enthusiasts will love the Legacy Gym; one of the most well equipped Muay Thai training centres in the country.
June – Chaiyaphum
Impressive towering cliffs and natural attractions, such as the Stonehenge of Thailand, Chaiyaphum is busting with mother nature’s wonders. Check out the Sai Thong Waterfall, and the strange giant rocks of Pa Hin Ngam National Park.
July – Ko Chang
Once the holiday retreat of Thailand’s royal family, Koh Chang is blessed with abundant waterfalls, fishing villages, white sands and blue seas. Take some time out for a sumptuous spa, or attend one of the many cooking classes on offer.
August – Phetchabun
Cooler climates are a treat for the many organic and hydroponic farmers in Phetchabun. Take a wander through the farms and see how advanced the local agricultural operations are. Then visit Sithep Historical Park, featuring the remains of Khmer occupation, and its many historical architectural sites.
September – Kanchanaburi
Visit the incredible River Kwai; made famous during wartime, the banks are now lined with restaurants and accommodation options. Visit the ethically passionate people at Elephant World, a true sanctuary for rescued elephants. Then see the seven-tiered waterfalls in the Erawan National Park.
October – Chiang Rai
The largest, northernmost city in Thailand, Chiang Rai is rich in history. Dating back to the 1200s there’s an abundance of temples, influenced by the many cultures who inhabited it in years gone by. It’s ties to the Tai ethnic culture, the original Lanna, is still present. A strong artistic element runs through the city and many modern interpretations of this unique culture is coming through.
November – Sukhothai
Sukhothai is a fascinating historical centre, and the first capital of Siam. Thought to be the origin of Thai art and culture, it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage City.
December – Udon Thani
Take an early morning stroll through Nong Prajak Park, then explore the great street food and restaurants on the outskirts. Visit the City Pillar Shrine and Wat Photisomphon, then finish off the day with an afternoon at the Udon Thani Racecourse.