Thailand’s beaches are mythical: tall palms angle over pearlescent sand, coral gardens flourish in the shallow seas and beach parties are liberally lubricated with alcohol and fun. With a long coastline (well, actually, two coastlines) and jungle-topped islands anchored in azure waters, Thailand is a tropical getaway for the hedonist and the hermit, the prince, and the pauper. And in between the kissing cousins of sea and sky are dramatic limestone mountains standing sentinel. This paradise offers a varied menu of playing in the gentle surf of Bang Saphan Yai, diving with whale sharks in Ko Tao, scaling the sea cliff s of Krabi, learning to kiteboard in Hua Hin, recuperating at a health resort in Ko Samui, and feasting on the beach wherever sand meets the sea.
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Language: Thai, English (very little)
Currency: Thai Baht
Best time to travel: The best time to visit most of Thailand is between November and February because it rains the least and it is not too hot. This period is also Thailand’s main season for festivals, like Loi Krathong.
Visa: Required for South African residents