November to February is undoubtedly the best time to visit Thailand, hot and mainly dry, though northern areas can become cool in the evening with lows of around 15 ºC (59 ºF). The islands in the Gulf of Thailand - Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao - are at their best at this time. Each of the islands have a different character, and you can chose depending on your wish, whether it is diving, sunbathing, family-fun or nightlife, the Thai islands offer something for everyone. January is dry and one of the best moths to visit the stunning Khao Sok National Park to explore the rainforest and see with the resident Asian elephants. Chiang Mai and the charming town of Pai, in Thailand's north, have a cooler, some say more pleasant, climate than Bangkok and the south. Go from December to February for lovely sunny days of around 29ºC (84 ºF) and cooler evenings when the temperature dips to 13ºC (55ºF) - and even lower in the highlands, so a few warm clothes are recommended if you're trekking.
This multi-day festival in the Northeastern province of Surin celebrates the country’s national symbol: the elephant. The event showcases the raw strength and intelligence of these majestic animals, with spectacles such as elephant tug-of-war and ball games, as well as a huge procession through the streets of this otherwise sleepy town.
Location: Surin, Thailand
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If anybody has ever visited or traveled through Lopburi, just north Bangkok, they’ll have noticed one rather peculiar thing about this town: its abundance of monkeys! As an act of appreciation, one day in November sees over 6,600 pounds of fruit, veg and sweets being donated for the primates to well and truly gorge themselves on.
Location: Lopburi, Thailand
Loy Kratong (floating decoration) is undoubtedly the prettiest festival in the Thai calendar. On the full moon of the 12th lunar month, locals flock to the river to release their homemade floats, containing flowers and candles. Over the surrounding three or four days, the night skies are brilliantly lit by lanterns and fireworks.
Location: Countrywide, Thailand
137 Pillars: The Luxury Traveler‚Äôs Choice for Exploring Chiang Mai
Author : Annapurna Mellor
The 137 Pillars in Chiang Mai is a chance to get away from it all without missing out on the pleasures of the city. It's quiet, it's quaint, and it's brimming with luxury