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FAQS


On Ground FAQs

Question

When should I check in at Bangkok Airport?

Answer

International flights: Check-in counters open three hours before scheduled departure time and close 40 minutes before the scheduled departure time.All gates close 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
Domestic flights: Check-in counters open two hours before the scheduled departure time and close 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. All gates close 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time.Please be aware that during morning and afternoon rush hours, it can often take two hours to reach the airport from a riverside hotel. Plan accordingly.

Question

Where are the THAI check-in counters for Domestic flights?

Answer

Domestic passengers of all classes should enter Entrance 2 in order to check in at Row C.

Question

What documents do I need to present at check-in?

Answer

For international flights, your passport with visa (if required at the destination), and your ticket. For domestic flights, only your ticket and I.D are required.
Also, if you want credit for frequent flyer miles, you should present your Royal Orchid Plus card.


Question

Which items are prohibited in checked and carry-on luggage?

Answer

International law prohibits the placing of magnetised, inflammable, corrosive, radioactive, oxidising, or explosive articles; pressurised gasses, toxic substances, oxygen cylinders, paint, mercury, munitions, and fireworks in checked or unchecked (carry-on) luggage. In many countries, strong-smelling materials, lighter fuel and refills, fresh food or fruit, infected live animals, or weapons must not be taken aboard the aircraft. Such items are subject to confiscation and the owner may be subject to a fine, depending on the country. If you are not certain if an item you are carrying is prohibited, please ask a THAI agent before you arrive at check-in.

Question

What do THAI's lounges offer?

Answer

THAI Royal First Class, Royal Silk Class passengers and Star Alliance Gold passengers flying on any Star Alliance flights are entitled to use THAI lounges at Suvarnbhumi Airport  where they can relax or work while waiting for their flights to depart.

There are seven locations for THAI Departure Lounges. All international lounges are on the 3rd Floor. Royal First Lounge at concourse D, where 1,400 sq.m. have been allocated for First Class passengers with the capacity to accommodate 174 passengers at one time. Facilities include private corners, business center, Wi-Fi internet and shower suites.

Four Royal Silk Lounges are located on concourses D, C and E. In addition, the Royal Orchid Lounge is on concourse E,with separate areas for First Class and Business Class passengers. Facilities include private entertainment seats, family room, business center (Wi-Fi internet) and shower facilities.

Domestic passengers may enjoy THAI Royal Silk Lounge at Concourse A. Facilities include business center, Wi-Fi internet, food and beverage corner.

Moreover, our Royal Orchid Spa at concourse D, Level 3 primarily caters to Royal First passengers with a full range of treatments, including foot-massage and traditional Thai massage (only neck and shoulder). Our highlight is three Spa Suites with Jacuzzi and tropical rainfall where passengers can relax in a tranquil atmosphere.

Star Alliance Gold and Star Alliance Paid Membership cardholders are kindly requested to use Royal Silk Lounges and our Royal Orchid Lounge at Concourse C and E.

Question

Which check-in counter should I use at Bangkok Airport?

Answer

All departing passengers should enter level 4 as check-in counters are located there.

 

International Flights

 

Royal First Class passengers should enter Entrance 1 for check-in at the Royal First check-in lounge. Royal First Class passengers shall be escorted by the staff from curbside through all services.

Royal Silk Class passengers should enter Entrance 1 for sit-down check-in service at Row A.

Royal Orchid Plus Gold / Star Alliance Gold card members should enter Entrance 2 for dedicated sit-down check-in service at Row B.

Group passengers should enter Entrance 2 for dedicated check-in at Row D.

Premium Economy passengers should enter Entrance 4/5 for dedicated check-in service at Row H.

Economy Class passengers should enter Entrance 4/5 for common check-in at Row H/J.

 

Domestic Flights

 

Royal Silk Class passengers should enter Entrance 2 for dedicated sit-down check-in service at Row B.

Royal Orchid Plus Gold / Star Alliance Gold card members should enter Entrance 2 for dedicated sit-down check-in service at Row B.

Economy Class passengers should enter Entrance 4/5 for common check-in at Row B/C

Group passengers should enter Entrance 2 for dedicated check-in at Row D.

Kiosk and Internet Check-in are also available for domestic travel. The kiosks are located between Row B and C. Dedicated bag drop counters for Kiosk and Internet Check-in are provided at Row C.

Before You Fly FAQs

Question

What if I lose my ticket?

Answer

If you lose an entire or a partially-used ticket, please contact the nearest THAI office immediately. Refund or replacement of the ticket is at THAI's discretion and requires your presenting proof of loss. In some cases, you may be asked to buy a new ticket and file a claim for a refund later.

Question

Do I need to reconfirm my flight?

Answer

THAI no longer requires that you reconfirm your flight but please contact THAI to cancel your reservation if your travel plans change. Many airlines still require reconfirmation. If your journey includes a portion on another airline you may have to reconfirm onward journeys at least 72 hours before departure.

Question

What do the codes on my ticket mean?

Answer

The following information are as guideline.

Electronic Ticket Number:  find in “ETKT”

Reservation Code: find in “Booking Reference”

Fare Type: located in the “Fare Basis”

Airline and Flight: printed under “Flight”

Class and Date:  find them in “CL and DATE”  field.

Departure Time: located in “DEP”

Reservation Status:  “ST” lists one of these codes

                        OK: You are confirmed on this flight.

                        RQ: “Requested”. You are on a waiting list.

                        NS: “No Seat”. This refers to an infant not occupying a seat.

 Ticket Validity: Found in the “NVB” not valid before and “ NVA” not valid after.

Question

Can I get special meals on a THAI flight?

Answer

Passengers, who submit their requests two days prior to departure, can be served special menus to suit religious and health preferences.

Question

What if my child must travel on his/her own?

Answer

A children,5-11 years of age,travelling alone is designated an Unaccompanied Minor and will be escorted by THAI personnel, looked after during a flight, and met on arrival, provided the parent has completed the necessary documents prior to the flight and copy of these documents is required to present at check-in counter. An unaccompanied minor handling fee will be charged for international flights.

Question

Are there special children's meals?

Answer

THAI serves special child and infant meals. Requests must be made at least 48 hours before departure. You cannot request specific brands of baby meals or powder milk.

Question

Are there onboard facilities for infants?

Answer

Request them in advance. Infant passengers are entitled to a baby bassinet with the condition their weight is not over 10 kg, height over 67 cm and age less than six months old. They can be attached to bulkhead anchors. Parents can use their own baby car seat provided it has been certified by the government of manufacturer's country and provided the infant is flying on a child's fare ticket. Diapers are available onboard and there are fold-down diaper changing boards in the toilets.

Question

How much would an infant ticket cost?

Answer

The fare for an infant is 10% of the total Fully Flexible Normal fare on each specific route.

Question

How much luggage am I allowed to check?

Answer

The luggage allowance for Royal First Class is 40 kg (88 lbs.); for Royal Silk Class: 30 kg (66 lbs.); and for Premium Economy and Economy Class passengers: 20 kg.(44lbs.).

            Royal Orchid Plus Gold Card Members are entitled to check an additional 20 kg (44 lbs.).

            Royal Orchid Plus Silver Card Members can check an additional 10 kg (22 lbs.) of luggage.

            Infants (not occupying a seat) are allowed 10 kg (22 lbs.) excluding one fully-collapsible child stroller, pushchair, or infant carrying basket.

            For travel to/ from Canada and the U.S.A., the following regulations apply to pieces of checked baggage. The sum of the three dimensions (length+height+width) for each piece cannot exceed 158 cm (62 inches). The maximum weight per piece is 32 kg (70 lbs.) for Royal First and Royal Silk Class and 23 kg (50 lbs.) per piece for Economy Premium and Economy Class.

            A child(2-12 years) occupying a seat is entitled to the same free luggage as an adult passengers.

            An infant (not occupying seat) is entitled to one piece of checked luggage, the sum of whose three dimensions does not exceed 115 cm (45 inches) at maximum weight of 23 kg. Plus one fully-collapsible child stroller or pushchair or infant-carrying basket.

           

            Note: Frequent Flyer Gold Members are permitted to 1 extra piece in any class of services.

Question

How many pieces of carry-on luggage am I allowed?

Answer

Each passenger may hand-carry one piece of luggage the sum of whose dimensions (length+ height + width) does not exceed 115 cm (56 + 46 + 25 cm) (44.85 inches, i.e. 21.5 x 18 x 9.75 inches) and which does not weigh more than 7 kg (15.4 lbs). Pieces exceeding these dimensions must be checked in at the Check-in counter prior to departure. A woman is allowed to carry a purse as well.

Question

What if I need special assistance?

Answer

THAI's Special Unit Officers are stationed at various points around the Departure Hall to aid passengers needing special assistance. Wheelchairs are available. THAI also provides escorts to the airplane for passengers in need of assistance such as, Unaccompanied Minors, young passengers, medical cases.

Question

How can I make reservation for an infant?

Answer

Ticket for infant must be purchased additionally at THAI office except travelling within/from Thailand, Japan, USA, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan (KHI/LHE/ISB), Arab Emirates (DXB), Europe, Philippines (MNL) and Macao (MFM).
  *Infant birth certification or passport is required to present at check-in counter.

Question

Can I present am expired credit card used to purchase electronic tickets at the check-in counter?

Answer

Yes, the check-in counter staff needto check the card number and name on the credit card for reference only.

Question

Can I make advance seat assignment for the domestic sector ?

Answer

Advance seat assignments are not applicable on domestic flights in all class of services.

Question

Can I change the travel dates through website ?

Answer

Change of reservation can be made at THAI city offices or contact THAI contact centrr 66-2356-1111 (24 hours)

Question

How do I amend my ticket after booking has been confirmed?

Answer

Please kindly contact our THAI OFFICE in the city where your journey commences for ticket amendment.

Question

Can I apply for group rates?

Answer

Group booking rates are not applicable through website. They can be arranged at THAI city sales offices only.

Question

Can I upgrade my class on the flight after ticketed?

Answer

The ticket upgrade can be done upon the terms and conditions of the ticket fare type which you have selected during the booking process.

Question

Can I bring my pets? Or sport equipment?

Answer

Yes, please see the details in Baggage Policy Page

Question

How can I purchase tickets for family members or other persons with my credit card or Visa/MasterCard debit card, without needing to accompany them?

Answer

If you are purchasing tickets for family members or other persons with your credit card or Visa/MasterCard debit card, and not travelling yourself, please follow the specified Regulation.

Question

How can I make an online seat assignment?

Answer

Online seat assignment can be made at the same time as online booking in the Traveller details page up to 48 hours prior to flight departure. After online booking is done, online seat assignment has to be made at THAI offices at least 48 hours prior to flight departure. For booking made within 48 hours prior to flight departure, seat assignment may be done at check in counter on the travelling date.

Question

How can I request a cash receipt?

Answer

Cash receipts can be requested at THAI offices within 30 days after ticket is issued

Internet Check-in FAQs

Question

What is this service ?

Answer

This service is THAI online check-in which gives you more convenient check-in for both domestic and international THAI flights departing from the following destinations:

Stations in Thailand

BKK/Bangkok,

 

CEI/Chiang Rai, CNX/Chiang Mai,  

 

HDY/Had Yai,

 

HKT/Phuket, KBV/Krabi,  

 

KKC/KhonKaen, URT/SuratThani

 

UBP/UbonRatchathani

 

UTH/UdonThani  

Stations Abroad 

AKL/Auckland-New Zealand 

 

ARN/Stockholm-Sweden 

 

BLR/Bangalore-India 

 

BNE/Brisbane-Australia 

 

BOM/Mumbai-India 

 

CAN/Guangzhou-China

 

CCU/Kolkata-India

 

CDG/Paris-France 

 

CGK/Jakarta-Indonesia 

 

CMB/Colombo-Sri Lanka 

 

CPH/Copenhagen-Denmark 

 

DAC/ Dhaka- Bangladesh 

 

DEL/Delhi-India 

 

DME/ Moscow- Russia 

 

DPS/ Denpasar-Indonesia 

 

DXB/Dubai-U Arab Emirates

 

FCO/ Rome-Italy 

 

FRA/ Frankfurt-Germany 

 

FUK/Fukuoka-Japan 

 

HKG/Hong Kong-China 

 

HYD/Hyderabad-India

 

HAN/Hanoi-Vietnam

 

HND/Haneda-Japan

 

ICN/Seoul-Korea 

 

ISB/Islamabad-Pakistan 

 

JNB/Johannesburg-South Africa 

 

KHI/Karachi-Pakistan 

 

KIX/Osaka-Japan 

 

KTM/Kathmandu-Nepal

 

KUL/Kuala Lumpur-Malaysia

 

LAX/Los Angeles-USA

 

LHR/London-United Kingdom

 

MAA/Madras-India

 

MAD/Madrid-Spain

 

MCT/Muscat-Oman

 

MEL/Melbourne-Australia

 

MNL/Manila-Philippines

 

MUC/Munich- Germany

 

MXP/Milano- Italy

 

NGO/Nagoya-Japan

 

NRT/Tokyo-Japan

 

OSL/Oslo-Norway

 

PEK/Beijing-China

 

PEN/Penang-Malaysia

 

PNH/Phnom Penh-Cambodia

 

PER/Perth-Australia

 

PUS/Busan-Korea

 

PVG/Shanghai-China

 

RGN/Yangon-Myanmar

 

SGN/Ho Chi Minh City-Vietnam

 

SIN/Singapore

 

SYD/Sydney-Australia

 

TPE/Taipei-Taiwan

 

VTE/Vientiane-Laos

 

ZRH/Zurich-Switzerland

Off-line stations inhibit

BRU/Brussels-Belgium

Internet Check-in

CTS/Sapporo-Japan

 

CTU/Chengdu-China

 

GAY/Gaya-India

 

KMG/Kunming-China                                                   

 

LHE/Lahore-Pakistan

 

VNS/Varanasi-India 

 

XMN/Xiamen-China

Question

How do I use this service?

Answer

It's very easy. If you have electronic ticketed and confirmed reservations on THAI and know the reservation code, or so-called 'booking reference', either Royal or Amadeus, then input this code. The system will process pre-check-in for you immediately. Maximum passengersfor one code is four (adults and children) plus four infants.

Question

Is there any time limit for Internet Check-in?

Answer

Yes, the Internet Check-in is available from 24 hours up to 1 hour before flight schedule departure time.

Question

What tickets can be used for Internet Check-in?

Answer

Electronic ticketed only.

Question

Can I check-in for my companions?

Answer

Yes, if you know their reservation codes.

Question

Are there any restrictions when special needs are required?

Answer

Internet Check-in cannot be used for those requiring special needs such as wheelchairs, medical attention or for children traveling alone. No problem for special meal if you have requested at reservations.

Question

Can I change my assigned seat ?

Answer

Yes, and you can also change your seat on connecting THAI flights, which will be automatically through checked-in for you if the flights are in the same reservation code.

Besides, your THAI return flight in the same reservation code, within 24 hours, will be automatically checked-in too. But if your connecting flight is on another airline, a seat change is not allowed.

 

Question

What if a connecting flight does not display at Internet Check-in?

Answer

For technical reasons some connecting flights may not display. Airport check-in staff will be pleased to assist you with connecting check-in and seating changes.

Question

What is Royal Orchid Plus / FFP edit?

Answer

The Review Check-in page features a button which allows you to navigate the page where you can add or correct your Royal Orchid Plus or Star Alliance frequent flyer program membership number to ensure automatic mileage tracking for yourself or others in the same reservation code.

Question

After I finish Internet Check-in can I make additional changes?

Answer

Yes, after the Review Check-in page has been confirmed (or time-out) additional changes to seating, FFP numbers or even cancel check-in can be made by re-entering Internet Check-in with the same reservation code.

Question

What about my boarding pass and baggage, if I fly on a THAI Domestic flight?

Answer

♦ You are allowed to print your own boarding pass with A4 size paper included your onward/return  flight(in the same booking code)with THAI for up to two sectors, except passengers holding paper tickets or purchasing tickets via web or telephone sale.

♦ Please present your boarding pass, baggage to register, ID card or passport and credit/debit card used to purchase this ticket(if applicable) to a THAI bag drop counter (at Bangkok International Airport Counter C15) at least 45 minutes prior to your flight departure.

♦ If you are unable to print your boarding pass, please contact THAI bag drop counter at the respective airports for issuing your boarding pass.

♦ If you have no baggage to register, please proceed directly to the boarding gate and present your ID card or passport to THAI staff at the boarding gate.

 

Question

What about my boarding pass and baggage, if I fly on a THAI International flight?

Answer

·         Currently, you are able to print your own boarding pass at home with A4 size paper, one connecting flight in same booking code is

          valid.

·         Passengers who hold paper tickets or e-tickets purchased via web or telephone sale are prohibited.

·         There are 37 destinations where home print boarding pass is prohibited, due to the security procedures required to enter those  

          countries.

 

AKL

Auckland

New Zealand

ARN

Stockholm

Sweden

BLR

Bangalore

India

BNE

Brisbane

Australia

BOM

Mumbai

India

CAN

Guangzhou

China

CGK

Jakarta

Indonesia

CMB

Colombo

Sri Lanka

CCU

Kollkata

India

DAC

Dhaka

Bangladesh

DEL

Delhi

India

DPS

Denpasar

Indonesia

FUK

Fukuoka

Japan

HAN

Hanoi

Vietnam

HND

Haneda

Japan

HYD

Hyderabad

India

ICN

Seoul

Korea

JNB

Johannesburg

South Africa

KIX

Osaka

Japan

KUL

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

LAX

Los Angeles

U.S.A.

LHR

London

United Kingdom

MAA

Madras

India

MAD

Madrid

Spain

MEL

Melbourne

Australia

MNL

Manila

Phillippines

NGO

Nagoya

Japan

NRT

Tokyo

Japan

PEK

Beijing

China

PER

Perth

Australia

PUS

Busan

Korea

PVG

Shanghai

China

RGN

Yangon

Myanmar

SIN

Singapore

Singapore

SYD

Sydney

Australia

TPE

Taipei

Taiwan

VTE

Vientiane

Laos

 

 

·        Please present your travel documents, boarding pass, baggage to register and credit/debit card used to purchase this ticket(if

         applicable) to a THAI Internet Check-in counter at the respective airport ( at Bangkok International Airport this is Counter J1/J2) at

         least 60 minutes prior to your flight departure.

   ·        If you cannot print your own boarding pass, please contact THAI Internet Check-in counter at the respective airports for boarding

            pass issuance and travel documents verification.

 

Question

Which items are prohibited in checked and carry-on luggage?

Answer

International law prohibits the placing of magnetised, infilammable, corrosive, redioactive,oxidising, or explosive articles; pressurised gasses, toxic substances, oxygen cylinders, paint, mercury,munitions,and fireworks in checked or unchecked (carry-on) luggage. In many countries, strong-smelling materials, lighter fuel and refills, fresh food or fruit, infected live animals, or weapons must not be taken aboard the aircraft. Such items are subject to confiscation and the owner may be subject to a fine, depending on the country. If you are not certain if an item you are carrying is prohibited, please ask a THAI agent before you arrive at check-in.

Question

How much baggage am I allowed to check?

Answer

If you are traveling solely on THAI for the duration of your journey, please familiarize yourself with our following baggage rules:
The baggage allowance is divided to two concepts:
    1. For travel outside Canada and the U.S.A, the following regulations are:
      -  Royal First Class : 40 kg (88 lbs.); Royal Silk Class : 30 kg (66 lbs.);  Premium Economy and Economy Class passengers : 20 kg (44lbs.).
      -  Royal Orchid Plus Gold Card Members are entitled to check an additional 20 kg (44 lbs)
      -   Royal Orchid Plus Silver Card Members can check an additional 10 kg (22 lbs.)
         ● Child (2-12 years) occupying a seat is entitled to the same free baggage as an adult passengers.
         ● Infant (not occupying seat) are allowed 10 kg (22 lbs.) excluding one fully-collapsible child stroller, pushchair, or infant carrying basket.
    2.    For travel to/from Canada and the U.S.A., the following regulations apply two pieces of   check baggage.
       - The sum of the three dimensions (length+height+width) for each piece cannot exceed 158 cm.(62 inches). 
       - The maximum weight per piece is 32 kg (70 lbs.) for Royal First and Royal Silk Class and 23 kg (50 lbs.) per piece for Premium Economy and Economy Class.
          ● Child (2-12 years) occupying a seat is entitled to the same free baggage as an adult passengers.
          ● Infant (not occupying seat) is entitled to one piece of checked baggage, the sum of whose three dimensions does not exceed 115 cm.(45 inches) at maximum weight of 23 kg  Plus one fully-collapsible child stroller or pushchair or infant-carrying basket
Note: Frequent Flyer Gold Members are permitted to one extra piece in any class of services

 

         If your journey involves multiple airline partners, please be aware that baggage rules may vary. In some cases, the baggage rules that apply for your journey may be those of our partner airlines, please contact your travel agent or our ticketing/reservation agent for further advice.

 

Question

What if my external baggage name tags are damaged or detached?

Answer

THAI will do our best to ensure your checked baggage is always transported on the same flight(s).  Then we strongly encourage you to also place a tag with similar information inside your bag to facilitate identification.  To download and print baggage name card, please click Baggage ID card

Question

What is the latest time to check-in at the airport?

Answer

In Thailand, one hour before international departures and 45 minutes for domestic departures. At airports abroad, check-in times vary, but generally no later than one hour prior to departure.

Question

What happens if I check-in late?

Answer

Your assigned seating may be released for other passengers.

Question

What documents do I need to present at the check-in counter ?

Answer

1. If you are the credit card owner, and had used your card to purchase a ticket yourself, the documents required to be presented during check-in are: your itinerary receipt, photo ID or passport, and the credit card used for the purchase.

2. If the travelling passenger is not the credit card owner, the documents required during check-in include; the new itinerary receipt (for details, see Regulations), and photo ID or passport.

 

Mobile Check-in FAQs

Question

How can I check-in with my mobile phone?

Answer

With THAI’s Mobile Check-in service, use your internet-enabled mobile phone to check-in for your flights by accessing https://m.thaiairways.com. There are online stations both domestic and international.

Question

Who can use Mobile Check-in?

Answer

All passengers holding e-Tickets  except passengers requiring special assistance at the airport.

Question

When can I check-in for my flight?

Answer

Mobile Check-in is available from 24-1 hours prior to your flight departure.

Question

What am I allowed to do?

Answer

You are able to check-in for you and your travelling companions up to four passengers, change to a new preferable seat using a seat map, and receive flight confirmation on your mobile phone. Besides, you have three options to receive mobile boarding pass (travelling from selected cities) through Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) by your service provider, through your e-mail address or collect your boarding pass at the airport.

Question

What is the Mobile Boarding Pass and who can receive it?

Answer

The Mobile Boarding Pass is an electronic boarding pass containing a 2D barcode, used to replace an original boarding pass. Recently, the mobile boarding pass is available for a single passenger having a single flight, holding an electronic ticket which is not purchased via web or telephone sale, for check in to domestic flightsdeparting from Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai. This new service allows you to receive a Mobile Boarding Pass either via Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) or via your e-mail.

Question

Can I receive the Mobile Boarding Pass on my mobile phone?

Answer

Your mobile phone number needs to be registered in Thailand and have internet enabled with ability to receive e-mails and display images.

Question

Can I use a Mobile Boarding Pass if my booking is more than one person?

Answer

This option will not be available if your booking is for more than one person. But you still have the option to collect your boarding pass at the airport.

Question

If I have a Mobile Boarding Pass in my mobile phone, what should I do once I arrive at the airport?

Answer

You have to retrieve the mobile boarding pass from your mobile phone and make sure the entire barcode is visible to be scanned. Then present it at any checkpoints at the airport.

Question

How do I check my baggage with my Mobile Boarding Pass?

Answer

You can proceed to the bag drop counter at the respective airport and display your mobile boarding pass for printing your destination tag. Then, proceed to the security checkpoint. If you have no bag, you can then proceed directly to the security checkpoint and to the assigned gate.

Question

What if I forgot my mobile phone or my mobile boarding pass is invisible?

Answer

You do not need to check-in again at the airport. Just contact the THAI mobile check-in counter and provide your flight information and your boarding pass will be printed. If you have already proceeded to the security checkpoint, you can contact THAI Royal Silk Lounge (business class) or boarding gate for printing your boarding pass replacement.

Royal Orchid Holidays FAQs

Question

Travel Thailand, when's the best time?

Answer

In Southeast Asia there is no winter or summer, only a wet or dry season. The wet season is associated with the monsoons. Travellers are often warned to avoid travelling during the monsoons. Here's the rub. Thailand has two monsoons, the Northeast and the Southwest, and when the winds are blowing on one coast and the weather may be foul, the other coast is certain to have clear skies and be sunny. That's when you choose either Phuket on the west coast or KohSamui on the east coast. So when is the best time to travel in Thailand? The answer: any time.

Also, for a moment, let's consider these monsoons. Monsoons are actually winds, and these winds are what bring the rains. But they are not like the rains we find in Europe and America. When it rains in Southeast Asia, it is generally for short periods of time, an hour or two; nor does it rain every day. There is, actually, an advantage to travelling during the monsoons. The weather is cooler, and when it isn't raining you can be certain the sun will be out and the air will be crisp and clean. This is also a good time to travel for there are fewer travellers, towns and resorts are less crowded, and for certain, prices will be lower.

Aside from the monsoon season, when's the best time to visit a country? Obviously, it's during a festival, and in Thailand that means just about any time. Thailand is, in fact, a land of festivals. There's certain to be one or two festivals of some sort every month, all year long. Some, naturally, are more interesting than others.

An interesting feature about festivals in Thailand is that they are more than just special events; they are an essential part of social life that is performed by Thais for Thais. Foreign visitors are always invited.

Festivals have many inspirations and follow diverse forms. Some of the most important ones revolve around the main religions of Buddhism, Islam and Christianity, while others mark the changing cycle of rural planting and harvest. There are festivals for eating, for traditional sports such as longboat racing, for flowers and fruits, arts and crafts, while others celebrate the hot season, rainy season, or no season at all.

Thais are a fun-loving people and although some of their festivals are serious and solemn, most involve colourful displays of dancing and music, processions and shows, where everyone, locals as well as visitors, can have a good time.

 

Question

You mentioned in an earlier weekly travel feature that the best time to visit Thailand is during a festival. Can you please suggest a festival in Thailand?