Thailand Travels

Thailand Northern Travel

Surrounded by the tallest mountains in Thailand, Northern Thailand is cooler than the rest of the usually sweltering country and thus particularly popular in December and January. In the mountains at night temperatures occasionally dip below freezing, although in the plains the daily average is rarely less than 25 Centigrade.

Culturally, Northern Thailand shows heavy influences from the neighboring cultures of Myanmar and Yunnan (China). The kingdoms of Lanna (centered at Chiang Mai) and Sukhothai were the first historical Thai nations. Much of northern Thailand was for a long time off limits due to a series of Communist insurgencies and Myanmar's drug battles and civil wars spilling over the border. Both problems have been largely resolved, although caution is still advised near the border with Myanmar in the provinces of Tak and Mae Hong Son.

Thailand Central Travel

Most visitors to Thailand will arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand's largest airport 15 km (19 miles) east of Bangkok. It is roughly a 45 minutes ride from the centre of Bangkok, but heavy congestion could make that trip into 1,5 hours or more. More information about the airport can be found in the Bangkok article.

The easiest way to get into Bangkok is by Airport Express Bus: the ticketing booth at the first floor sells flat 150-baht fixed-fare tickets to Bangkok's four main districts. You can also wait in line at the queue for a metered taxi at the first floor, a trip to the city costs about 250-400 baht. Always use the official taxi stand though, and make sure the meter is turned on, else you might get in trouble later on. In the future, a train line will open from Suvarnabhumi Airport that directly connects the airport with Makkasan station in downtown.

Thailand National Theatre

Thailand�s National Theatre predominantly shows Thai Classical drama and features performances of Khon (drama), where players wear traditional Thai masks. These are truly wonderful productions; extremely ornate costumes, excellent lighting ñ everything you could want. You can see exhibitions of Thai classical dancing and music on the last Friday and Saturday of each month.

The theatre does, however, venture into more international aspects of the medium and it Ă­s worth getting hold of their schedule. Seeing a play at the National Theatre might not be at the top of your priority list.

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