Mushroom Rock on James Bond Island

Mushroom Rock on James Bond Island

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Thailand - General Info

Photo by Oatz (Wikimedia Commons)Phra Borommathat, Nakhon Si Thammarat Photo by Oatz (Wikimedia Commons)

Each year Thailand is visited by millions of visitors who are attracted by its pristine beaches and warm seas, as well as its culture and lifestyle.  Motorhome rental and campervan hire holidays are just beginning to ‘take off’, so if you’ve visited the country before and are looking for something a little different, or you’ve travelled to all the usual places and are searching for a different experience then try Thailand.

Thailand is not just about the beaches of places such as Phuket and Hua Hin, there’s the north of the country famous for the Golden Triangle and its hill tribes, cities, and forests.  One great benefit of motorhome rental or campervan hire is that everything is reasonably priced and the service is excellent, so your hard-earned money will go a long way.

The country is largely tropical with three distinct seasons, cool, hot, and rainy, although many people from Europe and the northern hemisphere find it hot and humid all year round!  The ‘cool’ season is from November to February, this is when the temperatures are at their lowest, if you are travelling in the north you will definitely need something warm to wear in the evening as temperatures fall into single figures, but if you are in the south or on the islands you probably won’t even notice.  March until June is considered the ‘hot’ season which isn’t a problem is you are sitting on a beach in the shade of a palm tree with a nice breeze blowing, but if you’re in the capital you will definitely notice the heat.  The last season is the ‘rainy’ season which is from July to October, with the worst of the rains starting around September.  This is when the monsoons hit the country, but it doesn’t necessarily mean constant rain for weeks on end, this may just be one of those afternoon storms that bring welcome coolness.  As with the weather anywhere there are regional variations, so be prepared!

Good to Know

The standard of the roads in Thailand is much better than its neighbours, well that’s good you’re thinking, unfortunately the driving standards are not so good.  Driving whilst under the influence of alcohol and other substances is quite frequent, so is speeding, and that includes public transport so you’ll be glad you’re driving yourself in a motorhome rental or campervan hire.  Traffic drives on the left hand side of the road, well, that’s the theory, but be aware that many people drive on the other side even without lights at night, so caution is advised.  The good news is that all road signs are in both Thai and English.  Before you travel to Thailand you must arrange an IDP or International Driving Permit in your country of residence, this can be done through a local motoring organisation.

A motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday is an exciting experience in Thailand; you can travel the country and see some wonderful sights as well as being able to easily get off the beaten track.

10 Fantastic Places to Visit on Your Campervan Holiday

Thailand’s top ten places to visit are pretty debateable, after all there are so many very different things to see and do here, and it depends on what kind of experience you’re after.  Here is a mixture of culture, beach, and city attractions which are ideal for first time visitors to Thailand on a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday.

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Fantastic Roadtrips on Your Campervan Holiday

Here are two fantastic trips to try out on a motorhome rental or campervan hire adventure in Thailand.  Both run from Bangkok, one to the north, the other to the south, so why not combine the two!

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Getting off the Beaten Track

It’s quite difficult to find a beach in Thailand that is considered off the beaten track for visitors travelling in Thailand on a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday.  Most of the undiscovered areas are on the small islands, so unless you have an amphibious vehicle you’re not going to get very far.  You can however find some areas on the mainland which definitely fit the bill, here are just a few ideas to try for yourself.

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Motorhoming in Bangkok

Nobody in his or her right mind is going to drive a motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicle through the centre of Bangkok, but as this is probably the place where your flight will arrive, it has to be mentioned.  If you are spending time in the city it is best to stay for a few nights in a hotel before collecting you vehicle and then starting out on your explorations.

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Motorhoming in Chonburi

Chonburi is a province on the Bay of Bangkok.  It’s an area of mountains, fertile plains, and in the south, warm and clear waters.  There are many tourist attractions for visitors with a motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicle as well as quiet and busy resorts.

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Thailand Geography

Thailand is officially called the Kingdom of Thailand, the south is surrounded by the waters of the Andaman Sea, the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, to the north west Myanmar (Burma), to the north east Laos and Vietnam, and to the north east Cambodia.

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The Best Thai Beaches

Thailand is renowned for its white sandy beaches, and whether you enjoy a private secluded spot or a beach that’s buzzing with people and activities you won’t be disappointed on a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday in the region.  Some of these beaches are on islands, so you won’t be able to take you vehicle across, but hey are good for either a day trip or a place to relax at the beginning or end of you holiday.

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