In 2012 I left Germany and started a new life in Bangkok. I've since realised that I found a new home in Thailand. I have been constantly traveling throughout the region and made many lasting memories and friendships. While maybe less developed in some ways, the region is rich in natural beauty and culture and offers one of the greatest culinary kitchens in the world. Many years have passed and I still think that the people are everything and I'm still surprised at the hospitality and friendliness that I have been searching for all my life.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"I am a keen scuba diver, so ask me anything about the best spots to dive in Thailand. Chiang Mai, the "capital" of the North is a place that I visit at least every 2 months. It is surrounded by mountains with great coffee & tea plantations, so it is great to travel the mountains and have a nice cup of coffee or tea in the cloudy hills. During Covid, I had the opportunity to travel to Thailand as I have never before, even the most unusual places that are not your typical destination, like Khanom in Nakhon Si Thammarat or Chiang Khan in Loei. "
How did you get involved in travel?
"That's an easy one: I just wanted to give to others what I found in Thailand. That's what drives me every day 24/7 since I decided to start a new life in Bangkok. So I find great pleasure in taking people by the hand and pass the magic that is Thailand to everyone with an open mind and heart. "
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"Just recently I have been to the Khao Sok National Park, which is a large National Park in the province of Surat Thani. We visited the Cheow Lan Lake which is a waste artificial lake in the midst of the park. As we were roaming the lake with our boat, we spotted a wild elephant herd of 7 on the tip of the lake. I have seen many elephants in Thailand in all sorts of camps, but never in real wildlife, we were just amazed by that sight."
Featured trips & expertise
December is one of the best months to visit Thailand. The temperatures have cooled down so it's not miserably hot, and the rains have stopped just about everywhere (although some of the beaches still get storms, especially on the Gulf of Thailand). It's hot but not scorching and everything is open again. The only drawback: stellar weather draws lots of tourists, so you'll contend with more lines and crowds—still, it's a fantastic time to plan a visit.
November marks the end of the rain, once again entering the high tourist season in Thailand. The beaches along the southern peninsula remain wet and rainy, but the rest of the country sees dramatic drops in precipitation (and temperature), especially toward the middle and end of the month. It's a great time to visit just about anywhere in the country—the weather is rapidly improving, and most tourists haven't yet arrived.
Expect heavy rain in Thailand during the month of August—but that doesn't necessarily make it a bad time to visit. While it's right in the middle of the wet season. temperatures stay warm and the extra precipitation makes the countryside come alive with plants and foliage. Even better, the rain deters many travelers, so you'll have lots of regions to yourself (especially the beaches).
February is one of the best times to visit Thailand. In addition to all-but-guaranteed spectacular weather, it's the month of the famous Chiang Mai Flower Festival, a vibrant three-day celebration full of parades and dancing. The weather is dry and not as unbearably hot as it is during other times of the year. The only drawback is that the crowds are considerably thicker and lodging tends to be more expensive.
January is one of the best times of the year to visit Thailand. High season is in full effect with perfect weather in just about every part of the country. It's cooler than other times of the year, especially up north around Chiang Mai where January ties with December for lowest average temperatures. The Chinese New Year often falls in January, and when this happens, it brings all sorts of delightful festivities and celebrations (the only downside being larger crowds and pricier hotels—book in advance!).