Sponsored Post: Thailand is a great “gateway” country into South East Asia. Not only because Thailand is a major hub to a myriad of South East Asian countries but more for the fact that Thailand provides a unique Western friendly form of R & R. Thailand’s capital Bangkok offers true cultural delights intermingled with modern shopping centres and budget to world class food. The southern islands and beaches provide a great range of activities and night life like the world famous full moon parties and out -of-this-world rock climbing. The North provides memorable treks to the northern hill tribes, cooking and language classes and Buddhist stupas.
Packing for Thailand and other South East Asian countries is relatively easy and only more complicated when you add additional activities. Even during the cool season in November to February temperatures rarely go below mid 20s. Light clothing that is fast drying is always your best option. For longer trips make sure you bring clothes that are rugged and easier to wash. Always bring a decent raincoat especially in the wet seasons (wet season varies on either coast in Thailand). A good pair of long pants, shorts and a bathing suite is a must. Sandals that double as shower footwear are always a good addition to a comfortable pair of walking shoes. Other gear is optional but you shouldn’t leave home without a money belt to hide away your cash, credit cards and important travel docs. Check with an agent for a more comprehensive list.
When to go is always a toss up between great weather and lots of tourists and not so great weather and fewer tourists. November to February is slightly cooler and rains the least plus it is a great period for Thai festivals like Loi Krathong. If you plan to target a specific area in Thailand or South East Asia check the seasonal weather charts as it can vary greatly from area to area.