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Thailand travel tips
“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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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.
Monsoons – From july to october. At this point you can have excellent beach days, with temperatures around 30 degrees. However the weather is unpredictable. On our second visit to Thailand, in September, we had 4 rainy days in 15 days of vacation. On rainy days we used to visit temples and other attractions. The two great advantages of choosing this season are the prices, at least half of what you will find in high season, and the few tourists, which is reflected in deserted beaches.
Cold season – From november to february, with the average temperature around 31 degrees, it is the best time to visit Thailand, except during december and january, when the amount of tourists is excessive. The rain will not bother you, but you will have to deal with more tourists and prices a bit inflated, compared to other seasons.
Hot season – From march to june the weather is dry and hot. At this time, in places like bangkok, temperatures run through 35 degrees, with 75% humidity. This is a good time for those who are just looking for a beach. We do not recommend for anyone who wants a more cultural approach as well.
Where to eat in thailand
Street Food is generally the best option, you’ll find everywhere and it’s very popular, it has a lot of demand and the food is always fresh. You can eat a pad thai or fried rice for 50 baths. On the street you will also find fruit and fresh juices.
“There are many advices regarding eating salads and having drinks with ice, because of the water used to prepare it. I must tell you that at the begining i followed thoose advices of not having them but, eventually, for convinience i started ignoring them and no harm came to me. Its up to You.”
There’s plenty of them in Thailand, from local cousine to international food. But, for sure, the price will be at least double the price of street food, with dishes from 100 Bath.
7 eleven is always a solution, they’re all over the place and have everything you need to prepare a good sandwich or grab a chang.
Accommodation in Thailand
How to travel Thailand
Airports: The most convenient airports for travelers are Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Phuket and Koh Samui. Among them you can travel the country, in low cost flights, in a very economic way.
- Domestic Flights: For example, a flight between Phuket (south) and Chiang Mai (North) costs approximately 1500 bath; between Bangkok and Chiag Mai, approximately 800 bath; between Bangkok and Phuket, approximately 700 bath.
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- Sleeping Train: For example, a train ticket from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, in the far north of Thailand, can cost between 300 bath and 1200 bath if you want to have your bed. Excelent option to save time and money in accomodation. This trip takes approximately 13 hours.
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- From Bangkok to the border with Cambodia: approximately 250 bath, on a journey that may take 4 or 5 hours;
- From Bangkok to Krabi: between 350 bath and 900 bath depending on the class of bus. The trip may take between 12 and 15 hours;
- Between Chiang Mai and Bangkok: between 400 bath and 800 bath, depending on the class of the bus. The trip may take between 10 and 12 hours;
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- In any area of Thailand you will find scooter rental stands, with the average price around 200 Bath. We advise, however, as this could be missing in any article on Thailand travel tips, that you do not rent a scooter if you do not have travel insurance, as accidents are frequent due to the chaotic traffic you will encounter in Thailand.
The Visa can be requested on arrival in the country, either by air or by land.
- 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( http://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/thailand-tourist-visa.php ).
What do i need to take to Thailand
Beyond the basics there are things we should bring:
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