Thailand is famously and affectionately known as the “Land of Smiles” as it is one of the most friendly and most easily traveled countries in Asia. This makes Thailand a perfect fit for the independent traveler, and Avanti Destinations along with our local partners can help facilitate all of your travel needs.
When To Go
The climate in Thailand is hot and humid throughout most of the year, making it a great year-round destination for those seeking warm tropical climates. For those seeking a bit cooler temperatures and hoping to avoid the crowds, the rainy season from July to October is a great time to visit.
Before You Go
For U.S. passport holders Thailand allows up to 30 days of travel without a visa requirement, allowing passengers the freedom to pick up and go. Make sure to pack light and save some room in your luggage, as you will certainly want to bring back some goodies from your journey.
Since Thailand is almost on the opposite side of the globe from the US, it may take some time to arrive, but don’t let this discourage you! With plenty of options for entertainment, food, and refreshments on board, your flight will fly by. Because of our long history and great reputation within the industry, we have been able to negotiate some great fares with excellent airlines: Cathay Pacific, Delta, Emirates, and United Airlines.
Once You Are There
Thailand is 11-12 hours ahead of US EST. The local currency is Baht, and your US dollars can be easily exchanged at currency kiosks, banks, or even your hotel. There are also plenty of ATM machines that will work with your cards, so be sure to advise your local bank to activate your card before you depart. Thai people are very friendly so don’t be shy about practicing your Thai.
Where Should You Visit
First timers will want to make sure these three cities are included: Bangkok, a wonderful metropolitan mix of history and culture, Chiang Mai, a city where you can enjoy the rich culture of the Thai highlands on an elephant’s back, and Phuket, a small island where you can find yourself snorkeling with colorful exotic fish in crystal clear water.
What Other Destinations In Thailand Should Be Considered
Beyond Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket, we also recommend Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Kanchanaburi, Lampang, Phitsanulok, Koh Samui, and Krabi. Thailand has great culture, geography, and people. It doesn’t matter where or when you go, you’ll be sure to receive plenty of fun and exotic experiences.
Avanti’s Inside Tip On Thailand
A must see from Bangkok is the historic Damnoen Saduak floating market, located about 60 miles from the city center. Avanti offers a private tour of this colorful hidden gem, where you can experience authentic food, exotic fragrances, and purchase handmade local crafts.