Thailand is a country best known for its world-class cuisine, ornate Buddhist temples, and enchanting off-the-beaten-path attractions.
Unfortunately, planning a trip to such a remote destination can be both logistically and financially challenging.
In a lucky turn of events, though, recent economic, social, and meteorological changes have made this fall the best time to visit the epic Southeast Asian country.
You’ll Get More For Your Money
The Thai baht has recently gone through one of its weakest seasons in the last 15 years, promptly taking over the title of “the worst currency in Asia.”
The Thai government isn’t taking any measures to make the Baht stronger, as decreased prices are positively affecting exports and tourism.
That’s why, according to Bloomberg, the Baht is expected to lose even more value as the year goes on, making this a time when your U.S. dollars can stretch a lot further in Thailand.
Let’s take a practical example.
A monthly bus pass is estimated to cost around 1,125฿.
If you were to get the pass in 2021, that would translate to roughly $38.25. However, the same pass now would only cost ~$30, marking a 22% decrease.
I know that the $8 you’ll save on a single bus pass might not look like a lot.
However, when you take into account accommodation, travel, and food costs, spending 20% less might make all the difference in you being able to afford a trip to Thailand at all.
An Abundance Of Events
The best thing about visiting Thailand this time of year is that you can use all the freed-up travel budget to attend all of the exciting events planned during fall time.
Those who want to experience the country beyond its scenic views and actually enjoy part of its culture will love Loy Krathong, set to take place on November 27th this year.
The lantern festival is not only a sight to behold but also one of Thailand’s most significant events, as it symbolizes letting go of all one’s hatred, anger, and defilements.
Check out this article for the rest of the major highlights of this year’s event calendar.
Those interested in outdoor recreation will be spoilt for choice.
Divers and snorkelers will find that the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand make for the perfect setting for their underwater adventure, whereas wildlife enthusiasts will have the time of their lives visiting renowned National parks like Khao Yai and Kaeng Krachan.
Hikers and trekkers, on the other hand, will want to head up north, where places like Chiang Mai and Chiang Ra feature scenic trails fit for all experience levels.
Unlike most other international hotspots, Thailand’s busiest tourism season isn’t summer.
That’s because the country boasts a tropical climate with scorching high temperatures from March through August.
Now that the temperatures have subdued, though, Thailand is the ideal destination for a warm fall getaway.
If you’re planning on visiting the Southeast Asian country this October, you can expect highs of 90 °F (32 °C) and lows of 77 °F (35 °C).
I want to note that while the rainy (or monsoon) season is coming to an end, it’s still important to check weather forecasts beforehand to ensure you don’t book your trip during days with heavy rainfall.
On the flip side, now that the country has already experienced most of its yearly precipitation, you’ll find that greenery is currently at its lushest.
If you’re planning on visiting the gorgeous northern regions of Chiang Mai and Pai, you’re in luck!
The already gorgeous landscape becomes even more scenic this time of year.
One unexpected perk of the weather becoming cooler and drier is that you’ll encounter fewer mosquitoes and other insects while exploring the great outdoors, which can otherwise put a real damper on your sightseeing excursions.
Thailand’s peak season starts in late November or early December and lasts till February.
Planning your trip now gives you a leg up when it comes to enjoying the country’s most famous attractions without having to navigate through chaotic crowds.
Not only does this mean that you’ll have extra space to roam around and take distraction-free photos, but you’ll also be able to enjoy a more authentic Thai experience interacting with locals and partaking in all those exciting cultural activities.
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