Hotels in Thailand
Famous the world over for its friendly people, glittering temples, year-round sunshine, glorious beaches and islands, great food and inexpensive accommodation, Thailand is the number one holiday destination for millions every year. There’s a wide choice of destinations, with the capital city of Bangkok the beating heart of the country and the hub of air, rail and road transportation to the rest of the country.
Beachside Phuket and Pattaya are popular for their buzzing nightlife, and more sedate Hua Hin is the perfect family destination. The northern LannaKingdom capital of Chiang Mai is best known for its walled and moated OldCity, crammed with historic Buddhist temples with stunning gilded Buddha images, and far northern Chiang Rai, close by the Burmese border, is no less fascinating for its impressive heritage.
Khon Kaen city is the gateway to the remote northeastern agricultural Isaan region, and Udon Thani lies further to the north on the MekongRiver, bordering Laos. Hat Yai, set in the far south of Thailand and near the border with Malaysia, is rarely visited by tourists.
Getting to or around the northern region is best by air, hire car or bus as there are no train services north of Chiang Mai. Train services in the southern regions are slower than you might expect and can experience delays. In all Thailand’s major cities you’ll find hotels and guesthouses at varied price levels, and rental villas or apartments are a good choice in the beachside tourist hubs.
Thailand’s glorious weather makes it a year-round destination, although the dry, cool season between November and February is best for those who dislike humidity and temperatures as high as 35°C or more. If you’re arriving during the rainy season and planning to self-drive, remember the roads in remote areas may become impassable due to flooding.