Travel in Winter

Story by Saisunee Singhathat
Winter, or more specifically cool season, is the time most preferred by Thai and foreign travelers, especially Thai people who would like to be touched by the cool breeze of winter. The four month period, usually from November to February, is when the northeastern monsoon overwhelms Thailand. The temperature throughout the country drops, particularly on highlands and mountain areas in the northern and northeastern regions of Thailand. The southern part, however, is likely to gain a higher amount of rainfalls during the cool season.

The tourists’ favorites for the cool season are mostly natural spots like national parks in the upper part of Thailand such as Doi Inthanon, Phu Chifa, Doi Pha Tang, Doi Mae Salong, Doi Tung Palace, Phu Luang, Phu Kradueng, and Phu Rua.
Apart from sensing the gentle wind at many destinations in Thailand, there are also a number of festivals arranged along the season, for example Chiang Mai Red Cross Fair, Sakura Doi Mae Salong Festival, Winter Flowers Festival at Phu Rua, Doi Pha Tang Festival, and many more throughout the period.

One of the most famous of all events held in the cool season is the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek. The year, the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek is grandly organized to celebrate HM the King’s 84thbirthday and all the Thai royal family members. The fair also shows off the potential of Thai agriculturists and helps boost Thai  Theeconomy and tourism. The Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011 is scheduled to be held from November 9, 2011 – February 15, 2012 at Luang Ratchaphruek Park, Muang District, Chiang Mai.

The grand flora event will feature flower gardens from about 30 countries and more from 20 private organizations. It gathers more than two million plants within 10 main exhibitions. Moreover, there will be Thai cultural shows and performances presented in the event.
Should you need more information, please call the Royal Ratchaphruek 2011 contact center at (66)2 610 2011.