Best time to go to Thailand

The best time to visit Thailand is from December to March, when this part of Southeast Asia is in its dry season and there’s less chance of being caught in a monsoon. At that time, the mercury hovers between 31oC and 34oC, with sea breezes knocking the heat down a couple of degrees in places like Phuket and Khao Lak. Avoid June to October – the rainy season – if you’re wanting to work on your tan.

Passports and Visas

British citizens must have a valid passport to visit Thailand. By law, you must carry your passport with you at all times. British passport holders arriving by air may enter Thailand for 30 days without obtaining a visa in advance of arrival. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit


Don't forget to arrange your travel money and insurance before you go.

Health and safety

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you’re away. For the latest health and safety information, visit

Further Reading

  • Overview
  • Things To Do
  • Key Facts

    • Capital - Bangkok
    • Language - Thai
    • Timezone - GMT +7
    • Population - 69,518,555
    • Currency - THB:Thai Baht
    • Flight Time - 12 hours from Gatwick

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