Thailand is a traveler’s paradise all year round, but there’s something extra special about the fall season. Whether you want sunshine and beach-ing or treks through the lush jungles, this tropical destination offers the best of both nature and chill time for every type of traveler.
Here’s our shortlist of five top tips for planning the ultimate fall Thailand trip.
1. Pick a coast (or two)
Thailand spans nearly 200,000 square miles and has many sub-climates, so you’ll want to decide which part of the country you want to end up on before you start planning your itinerary – and your outfits! Want some fall sunshine and higher-season vibes? Opt to stay on the west coast on the Andaman Sea in spots like Surin Beach or Khao Lak, less than an hour and a half from the capital city of Phuket. Down for mostly sunny skies and some short, tropical bursts of rainfall (plus great deals)? Check out Koh Samui in the southeast during the wetter but still oh-so-fun season.
2. Get to know the traditions before you go
Before you set foot in this magical land, take some time to learn about the local culture. Here, you’ll want to follow customs like removing your shoes before entering temples (and sometimes retail shops), dressing modestly at religious sites, and respecting the monarchy to honor local traditions.
3. See the elephants
Seeing the elephants is a must when visiting Thailand any time of year and the Samui Elephant Sanctuary is one of the best. Insider tip: Book a stay at OUTRIGGER Surin Beach Resort to stay close to the action.
4. Explore post-rain waterfalls
The island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand is known for its beautiful waterfalls. With the rainy season ending in October, the waterfalls are at their fullest and most spectacular in the fall. Explore photo-worthy spots and even swim in some of these once-in-a-lifestime falls. Where to stay: in an elegant, garden-filled sanctuary with colonial charm at OUTRIGGER Koh Samui Beach Resort.
5. Plan for a jungle trek
Khao Lak is a Thailand gem perfect for outdoor adventurers, and fall is the ideal time. Try a jungle trek through the waterfalls and verdant landscapes of spots like Khao Lak – Lam Ru National Park. Don’t forget to wear breathable clothing and sturdy shoes, and bring a reusable water bottle and insect repellent. Stay chic: Indulge yourself in beautiful things on the Andaman Coast at OUTRIGGER Khao Lak Beach Resort, the perfect home base for jungle adventuring and more.
Discover the wonders of Thailand and let the magic of the Land of Smiles ignite your spirit of adventure. Book your stay now for fall fun, Thailand-style!