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What to see, what to do Thailand?

The 10 good reasons to go Thailand

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The intoxicating markets

From the colourful stalls of the morning markets to the street food of the night markets.

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A natural museum

Landscapes and historical sites follow one another as if in a dream, of extreme beauty.

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Natural parks

Observe wild animals in their natural habitat and see great landscapes.

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Paradise beaches

The south of Thailand has beautiful white sand beaches with turquoise waters.

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Bangkok

A city not to be missed in Asia for its dynamism, population and cultural wealth.

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The unique gastronomy

Tasty and fragrant, it is recognized as one of the most appreciated in the world.

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The temples

Its thousands of temples constitute an extraordinary religious and cultural heritage.

Thai massages

Art in its own right in Thailand and recently inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List.

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The land of smiles

As you move away from the tourist places, smiles are more and more numerous.

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Diving & snorkeling

Amateur or passionate, you will be amazed by the beauty of the country's seabed.

What to visit Thailand?

guide de voyage,  - © Stéphan SZEREMETA

Northern Thailand's must-sees

For all those who wish to discover a more secret Thailand, far from the frenzy of Bangkok and the dream beaches of Phuket, it is recommended to go and stay in the north of the country. The hikes then lead in the middle of rice fields, in green forests where waterfalls appear, on the edge of mountains and in small authentic villages. From the charming regional capital, Chiang Mai, you can head for the surrounding area to be charmed by the ...

Interview

Interview: MY THAILAND

with Yassin ZAITER, owner of Bluerama

Yassin has held various positions within Air France for 20 years. At the same time, this passionate traveler and music lover had always dreamed of creating his own hotel-restaurant in Thailand. After establishing relationships with Thai families from Koh Phangan during multiple trips, Yassin opened the Bluerama, one of the trendiest establishments on the island.

... 

See the video of the interview

Good to know to visit Thailand

Timetable Timetable

Temples are generally open from dawn to dusk, except for some historical temples. Most museums are open between 9am and 4pm with one closing day per week, sometimes two. Some places have an extended schedule on weekends and during school holidays.

To be booked To be booked

Reservations are rarely necessary, except for some guided tours, treks in the National Parks, some shows, workshops and various courses. We systematically inform him if this is the case.

Budget & Tips Budget & Tips

It takes about 100 Baht to enter the main temples (Wat Pho, Wat Arun) and up to 500 Baht for the Royal Palace in Bangkok. Count between 40 and 200 Baht for a museum entrance. There are always discounts for children (under 12s almost always get a 50% discount), and sometimes senior citizens. Entrance fees to the National Parks range from 100 to 400 Baht per day. On the other hand, tickets to shows can be quite expensive and can quickly add to the budget when travelling with the family; count from 500 to 2,000 Baht per person to attend a Muay Thai evening in a stadium, and from 1,300 Baht for a show like Fantasea or Siam Niramit).

Entrance to some temples and historical parks (such as Ayutthaya or Sukhothai for example) are often free during major religious festivals (Loy Krathong, Songkran)

Main events Main events

Thailand has about 25 public holidays a year, the holidays are numerous and follow the Buddhist religious calendar, but also Muslim in some provinces. In addition, there are anniversaries such as Independence Day, National Day, Labour Day or the birthdays of the royal family. The country has many cultural and gastronomic festivals.

1 January: New Year's Day.

In February: Makha Bucha (during the full moon)

6 April: Chakri Day commemorates the founding of the present dynasty, Rama I.

13/14/15 April: Songkran Festival. Songkran is traditionally the Thai New Year, usually celebrated as a water festival.

May 1: National Labour Day. This day is celebrated as a national holiday, although there is not much noise about it.

May: Wisakha Bucha (at full moon). Celebrates the birth, awakening and entry into Buddha's nirvana.

1 July: end of the first half of the year.

July: Asalaha Bucha.

July 28: The birthday of the new king of Thailand is now a new holiday in the Thai calendar.

12 August: the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, this day is also celebrated as Mother's Day.

13 October: death of Rama IX

23 October: Chulalongkorn festival. Celebrating the anniversary of King Chulalongkorn's death.

5 December: Birthday of His Majesty the King, and Father's Day.

10 December: Constitution Day. The country obtained its first constitution in 1932.

31 December: New Year's Eve.

Guided tours Guided tours

Guided tours are mandatory in some National Parks, where the presence of a guide is essential. They are regular in the south of the country, and particularly for the visit of the islands (Phang Nga Bay for example). Some museums and historical parks offer guided tours, sometimes in French. The rest of the time, you will be able to visit the cities or sites as you wish, but the explanations of a qualified guide will often help you to apprehend the culture and the subtleties of a place (city, museum, monument, or historical park).

Smokers Smokers

The legislation is very strict as far as tobacco is concerned.

It is forbidden to smoke in all public places in Thailand, or to throw your cigarette butt on the ground. You can be fined between 2,000 and 20,000 Baht (!). Of course some places like restaurants or tourist bars are a little more flexible, but keep in mind that it is illegal. Since November 2019 it is also forbidden to smoke on several beaches. A piece of advice, refrain from smoking on the beach, the fine can go up to 100 000 Baht and as long as you come across a zealous policeman

... Smoking areas are on the other hand arranged, our advice is to respect them scrupulously.
In the near future, the government even wants to ban smoking in private places in order to fight passive smoking!

Look out! The electronic cigarette, or vaporous, is strictly prohibited in the country. Possession alone is punishable by 5 years imprisonment. Some foreign nationals are even currently serving prison sentences for this.

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