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“I visited Thailand twice, in 2011 and 2017. The first trip I took, for a month, had a  impact hard to describe.
What struck me most were not the beautiful beaches or the magnificent temples, scattered everywhere. Most remarkable was the people. A people that, with a culture so distant from our own and often living conditions far from ideal, takes on a position of strength every day, deciding to embrace life with a smile.
This country is still to this day my destination of choice. Nevertheless, as for any  other country we think preparation will mean a huge diferece on any trip, so we prepared this article on Thailand travel tips to help you in that sense. “

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What to do in Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya, considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an island at the confluence of three rivers, Chao Phraya River, Lopburi River and Pa Sak River. Founded in 1350, it was, after Sukhothai, the second capital of the Siam kingdom.

What to do in Sukhothai

Sukhothai is at the origin of what we now know as Thailand. It was after the emergence of Sukhothai, as the epicenter of a monarchy, that the unification of the various settlements, that until then were controlled by the Khmer empire, took place.

What to do in Chiang Mai

Deciding what to do in Chiang Mai will, undoubtedly, be the biggest challenge for any tourist visiting the city. Located in the hilly north of Thailand, a region full of points of interest and natural charms, this city is also the ideal base for exploring the surrounding area.

What to do in Bangkok

Find tips and suggestions to visit Bangkok. A city that is always on the move, with a unique cultural identity and full of surprises. With dozens of temples and thousands of street food stalls, you will not be able to stop, except for an invigorating massage.

Thailand culture tips

       We think that dome of the most important Thailand travel tips are related with the cultural differences. There are some social conventions distinct from Western culture, as well as a few other things that you should keep in mind.
        Here are some travel tips:

  • Respect the monarchy. In Thailand, royalty has an almost divine status. You should not, for example, step on a coin or a note. These have images of the  King and steping on them will be an act of disrespect that will, most likely, provoke a unpleasent reaction from the locals;
  • Alcohol consumption and  purchase  are also subject to different rules. You should not drink in temples nor drink at certain times;
  • Turning the base of the foot to religious figures or persons is considered an act of disrespect;
  • You should always walk with a document of identification, do not throw trash to the ground and avoid any situation that involves drugs. The laws in Thailand are distinct and can be very harsh in some cases;
  • You should go to the traveler’s office to check if you need any vacine before your trip, and once there, never consume tap water.

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When is the best time to go to thailand?

 Thailand is a hot and humid country, having 3 seasons, hot, cold and monsoon.

Where to eat in thailand

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Accommodation in Thailand

  • Dorms: Shared rooms between 100 and 200 bath / night;
  • Double rooms with fan: between 300 and 400 bath / night;
  • Double rooms with air conditioning: vary between 400 and 500 bath / night;
  • Hotels with more luxuries, such as air conditioning, safe and minibar: Varies between 700 and 1000 bath / night;

Note: The prices on this blog or in this article about Thailand travel tips are just indicative. They be subject to changes and vary according to many factors, like the area and season of the year. And remember, if you are for extravagance, there are hotels for all budgets, and that the same room that costs 700 bath in low season can cost 2300 bath in high season.

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How to travel Thailand

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The Visa can be requested on arrival in the country, either by air or by land.

      Documents needed:

  •      Passport valid for more than 6 months;
  •      Visa form completed, usually delivered to us during the flight, or may be requested at the border post;
  •      A recent photograph (4x6cm);
  •      Return ticket;
  •      They can ask for proof of financial means, approximately 20,000 Bath / person but in the two times we visited Thailand (2011 and 2017) it was never required.

    Fee and duration:

  • Fee: About 935 Bath (25 €);
  • Validity: If you arrive by plane you will be granted a visa of 30 or 60 days, depending on the agreement that your country has with Thailand.Note: These requirements and conditions may change, so we recommend that you consult the official institutions( ).



What do i need to take to Thailand

Beyond the basics there are things we should bring:

  • A pair of comfortable slippers and sneakers;
  • A quick drying towel, since the humidity of the country can make the drying take a lot more time;
  • Insect repellent;
  • Padlock for your backpack;
  • Imodium or any other medicine for diarrhea and an anti-inflammatory;
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses;
  • A pen drive with all your important documents scanned. Remember to take your travel insurance documents.

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