Traveling to Thailand

The ease with which one travels through Thailand, coupled with extraordinary hospitality make Thailand one of the most visited countries in South East Asia. The cherry on top of the sundae is the abundance of culture and mouth watering food which will have you coming back for more.

Thailand has plenty to offer eager visitors. Get the true meaning of the word cosmopolitan in Bangkok, learn about Buddhism in the ancient capitals of Ayutthaya and Sukothai, cultivate a love for (affordable) diving on Koh Tao or learn about the plight of the Thai Elephant in one of the very few (!) ethical elephant sanctuaries in Thailand.

Hop on a tuk-tok or Songthaew and wizz around the plethora of temples each city has to offer. Indulge in copious amounts of Pad Thai and Mango sticky rice and never skip out on a local market! 

 

Thai Monks

Travel around Thailand

There are a few things you can count on when traveling in Thailand: There is always some form of transportation around – regardless of the time – and you will never go hungry.

Fly: Although travel by train and bus is often the cheaper (and more scenic) option, both take considerable time. Domestic flights can be an easy way to see more, in a short timespan.

Thailand by train: If you have time, take the scenic route and travel around Thailand by train. Trains are on time, comfortable (choose between 1st, 2e and 3e class) and have on-board dining experience (either a dedicated food-carriage or streetvendors hopping on and off the train as it stops. Check routes and tickets online.

Thailand by bus: Traveling around different parts of Thailand by bus is easy and comfortable. Tickets can be bought at the main busstation, from the bus driver or even online.

 

Discover Thailand with a few useful tips

  • Tipping in Thailand: Not customary, (always appreciated though).
  • Tourist Simcard Thailand: Can be purchased directly at the arrivals hall in the airport from one of three providors dtac, AIS, and TrueMove. Show your passport and have your picture taken (new law since 2017) to receive your sim. Simcards are valid for 7 (299 Baht) or 15 days (599 Baht).
  • Thai Temple dresscode: The general rule is to cover knees and shoulders for both men and women. Additionally women should cover their cleavage. Thailand can be very hot in summer, bring along a simple sarong to cover up your summer outfit when visiting temples.
  • Vegetarian Thai Food: Being a vegetarian in Thailand is very easy.

 

Places to visit in Thailand

phra-nakhon-si-ayutthaya

AYUTTHAYA

Sukhothai Thailand

SUKOTHAI

diving in koh tao

EXPERIENCE:
DIVING IN KOH TAO

elephant sanctuary in Thailand

EXPERIENCE: ETHICAL
ELEPHANT SANCTUARIES

Key facts about Thailand

Capital

Bangkok

Main Languages

Thai

Population

69.8 million

Currency

Thai Baht (฿)

Main religion

Buddhism

Time Zone

UTC+7

Plugs types

A, B, C

Driving

Left side of the road

Number Tourist Police

1155

 Practical information for visiting Thailand

HOW TO GET THERE

Fly: Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok; Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) in Bangkok; Phuket International Airport (HKT); Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)

ACCOMODATIONS

Find a list of comfortable accomodations ranging from local guesthouses to luxury hotels.

BUDGET

Average Daily Budget: $60
Meals $15 a person; hotel accomodations $20- $60; activities and transportation $10

WHEN TO GO

November to April
November to February: Mild Weather
January to March: Visit the islands
November to April: Go Scuba Diving

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Depending on the country of origin visitors can stay for up to 90 days; costs depending on the country of origin

TOURS & ACTIVITIES

Snorkling on a tropical island, Tuk Tuk tours, explore local markets, daytrips from Bangkok and so much more

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