With the “cooler” months of Thailand upon us (November through February), many tourists from around the world descend upon Thailand for its pleasant temperatures, breathtaking beaches, scenic lush nature, delicious food, and friendly hospitality. If you are one of the many who plan to visit Thailand this year for the holidays or beyond, here are a few tips for you to help ensure you maximize your stay in the Land of Smiles. 

Although this time of year does have cooler weather, it can still reach a high of 86F and above, so plan your excursions earlier in the day to benefit from the cooler morning temps. Arriving early also helps you bypass the peak times for tourists at highly visited places such as the Grand Palace.

Slow your pace and take time to meander through the back streets of Bangkok to see a different side to this amazing city. Shop and dine throughout Chinatown, where locals are buzzing around in their daily lives surrounded by amazing riverside architecture.

If you are looking for a once in a lifetime view of Bangkok, make sure you visit King Power Mahanakhon. Thailand’s Tallest Building gives visitors an awe-inspiring view of the busy streets below from the 1030 ft SkyWalk. If you would like to enjoy a drink while there, stop by Bangkok’s highest rooftop bar, as well as the two-tiered observation tower. Take a moment to check out the 678 sq ft glass floor with an impressive 360° panoramic view. Take in the best views and stunning sunsets in plush comfort at The Peak atop the 78th floor. 

Looking for Christmas cheer? Christmas is not a holiday celebrated in Thailand, however many places frequented by tourists, such as Siam Square, CentralWorld and a few 5-star hotels, will decorate with Christmas themes in December. Enjoy their Christmas themed parties, festivals, and parades. On December 5th, a parade in commemoration of the late King Rama IX birthday, also known to the Thai people as Father’s Day, is a sight to be seen!

If you are not traveling to Thailand but are still craving Thai food near Arlington, VA, look no further than Thaiphoon. While you walk and shop at Pentagon Row, stop in and enjoy authentic Thai food in a relaxing and inviting atmosphere with friendly hospitality. We look forward to seeing you soon.