24 Jun 2019
7 Tips to Help you Avoid Tourists in Thailand
- Avoid High Season, which is November to February.
- Timing is everything! For all major sights there is generally a quieter time, figure out this sweet spot and avoid the tourists. Typically in Thailand this means getting to places between 8h00 and 9h00 and then 17h00 and 18h30.
- For Chiang Mai (see our ideal day [LINK CHIANG MAI blog]), which is renowned for Buddhist Temples, try and find tours that specifically aim for older parts of the city, smaller streets, etc.. where you will find many “overlooked” wonders. Also, getting around by bike helps you determine your own stops and how you see the sites.
- If you’re desperate to experience a temple but can’t stand the crowds, try The Silver Temple – which also has dedicated times during the week where you can spend time with the monks.
- To experience a quieter beach in Phuket avoid peak season and head to Freedom Beach.
- In Koh Sumai we recommend Mae Nam. There are bars, cafes, and restaurants but it tends to attract much more chilled out foreigners. Otherwise the small fishing village of Taling Ngam is a great off-the-beaten path place.
- Early mornings are best of any historical park, especially the popular Sukhothai and Ayutthaya.