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12 Essential Thailand Travel Tips

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In recent years, there has been a renewed enthusiasm for traveling to Thailand. This beautiful country offers visitors a multitude of one-of-a-kind travel experiences, from numerous Buddhist temples, beautiful beaches, wonderful ladyboy shows, and friendly exotic cultures, to many amazing jungle adventures. Thailand has so much to offer, but you need to know some cultural differences and travel information before you go. Here we have compiled 12 essential Thailand travel tips for everyone who is going to travel to Thailand.

1. Best Time to Visit Thailand

The best time of year to visit Thailand is from November to March when the skies are clear and the climate is cool. During this time, the temperature stays around 28°C, which is ideal for relaxing on the beaches or visiting the numerous heritage sites. In fact, the climate varies from place to place in Thailand. The west coast of Thailand is better for diving and snorkeling during the winter months (November to February). The best time to visit the east coast is January and February when the weather is mostly good and rainfall is low.

☛ See also: Thailand Weather

2. Is it safe to travel to Thailand?

Generally speaking, it is safe to travel to Thailand. But you are advised to exercise caution, especially when dealing with strangers (both Thais and foreigners) or traveling alone. Attacks on tourists are rare in Thailand, so you don’t have to worry too much.

3. Thailand Tourist Visa

Visitors from most countries require a tourist visa to conduct their own explorations and excursions in Thailand. However, Thailand grants visa-free entry to residents of 57 countries, such as the United States, France, Germany, and Hong Kong, China. Click on How to Apply for a Thailand Visa to see all countries eligible for the visa waiver in Thailand. In addition, citizens of 18 countries can obtain an electronic visa-on-arrival for up to 15 days to enter Thailand, which will significantly reduce the time required to process a visa-on-arrival at airports.

☛ See also: How to Apply for a Thailand Visa

4. Budget on Accommodation & Food

Budget is a crucial aspect when planning a trip to Thailand. Tourists can choose cheap or expensive depending on their preferences. Accommodation is usually the biggest expense. On average, you can spend US$30-50 for a night in a moderate hotel. Some of the cheaper guesthouses cost as little as US$10-20 a night. Food is relatively cheap, especially street food, which usually costs US$1.50-$5. In a restaurant, two courses and one soup will cost almost 500 baht (US$13.3).

5. Prepare some cash in advance.

The currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht, with an exchange rate of 37.723 Baht to the US dollar (at the time of writing this article). While credit cards are certainly convenient around the world, it is much more convenient to pay in cash than by credit card in Thailand. Many restaurants, street stores, and tourist attractions in Thailand usually only accept cash. Don’t worry too much, though, as there are many ATMs in downtown Thailand and at major airports.

Thailand Currency

6. Travel Tips on Thailand Culture

Did you know that the feet are considered the dirtiest part of the body in Thai culture? All visitors are required to remove their shoes when entering Thai temples and other sublime sites. Therefore, you are advised to bring a pair of slippers if you are going on a temple visit that day.

Thailand is a relatively conservative country. Visitors must dress appropriately when entering a temple. In addition to taking off the shoes, visitors are required to wear clothes that cover their shoulders, breasts, abdomen, and knees. It is perfectly fine for you to wear shorts and t-shirts in hot weather, just try to avoid exposing areas like your breast and knees.

In Thailand, the head is considered to be the most sacred part of the body. Hence, you should not touch someone’s head anyway, even if you think the local kids are cute. This would be an act of disrespect.

☛ See also: Thailand Dining Etiquette and Table Manners

7. Don't ride elephants.

The exploitation of animals for tourism has come under the spotlight in recent years and it is definitely something you should avoid while traveling in Thailand. Thailand has so many elephants that elephant riding has been developed as a tourism activity to attract tourists. However, we would like to remind you that riding elephants can put a lot of stress on their bodies and can be extremely harmful.

Why don’t you visit an elephant sanctuary where you have the opportunity to feed and bathe the elephants and also walk through the jungle with them, which is quite a rewarding experience.

Thailand Elephants

8. Plan to travel during Thailand festivals.

Here comes a special Thailand travel tip – schedule your trip during a Thai festival if you can. Thailand is heavily influenced by Buddhism, so there are many festivals associated with it. The Songkran is the most popular festival in Thailand. It is the Thai New Year, when you will witness the largest water fight in the world. The festival starts on April 13 and usually lasts for three days. Join the locals and experience the lively and joyful atmosphere. Some other popular Thai festivals are shown below:

Ghost Festival – June or July

Yi Peng Lantern Festival – November

Phuket Vegetarian Festival – October

Pattaya Music and Arts Festival – December

☛ See also: Thailand Lantern Festivals

9. Mosquito Repellent

Thailand is in a tropical region where mosquitoes are especially prevalent in the summer. Some diseases can be spread by mosquitoes and flies. Thailand has many cases of dengue fever every year, so insect/mosquito repellent is a must. In addition to this, it is a wise practice to cover your skin with clothes whenever possible.

10. Bring your own water bottle.

The tap water in Thailand is not hygienic. Many travelers get sick to their stomachs because of the local water from the tap. You can find water machines (1 THB per liter) in many places in Thailand. Bring your own water bottle, or buy sealed bottled water at the store.

11. What to pack?

What to bring is something you have to think about when you pack your bags. Here we have listed some must-have supplies that will save you a lot of trouble during your trip.

– Shawls for covering skin when visiting temples

– Mosquito repellent

– Sunscreen, sunglasses, flip-flops

– Your own water bottle

– International driving license (if you have one)

– Universal adapter

The weather in Thailand is usually warm. As for clothing advice, we recommend that you bring breathable and quick-drying short sleeves, shorts, dresses, sun protection, and sturdy shoes.

12. Watch out tuk-tuk scams.

Last but not least, be cautious when riding in a tuk-tuk. If the price is very friendly, then you need to watch out for ride scams. The driver may take you to some jewelry stores, or perfume stores, where you will be lured into buying unnecessary items. Shop owners will pay the tuk-tuk driver a commission, so you may be driven around. Avoid tuk-tuks if you can’t tell if it’s a scam.

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