Whether you’re looking for a winter getaway or planning months of backpacking, Thailand has something to offer everyone. Rich culture, wonderful cuisine and year-round heat make this a great holiday destination, and all at very affordable prices.
Here are our ten travel tips for the land of smiles![one_half]
- Pack a bag of medicine
Speak to a doctor before you leave, and make sure you get your jabs! Stock up on painkillers, cold medicine and mosquito spray!
- Start in Bangkok
Bangkok is the gateway to South-East Asia, and the perfect place for anyone to start their travels. The chaotic rhythm of the city can be soothed with the swanky bars of Silom and Sukhumvit. Make sure you take a stroll down Khao San Road and check out the river market too.
- Grab a Thai bucket
Whoever decided a beach bucket was a responsible alcohol measurement must have been crazy. In Thailand, they fill these large and colourful containers up with Red Bull and whatever else you please…normally Vodka or Sang Som. Be careful!
- Eat from the street
For just £1-2 you can grab great Thai food that is healthy and tasty. Make sure you sample the Massaman Curry!
- Head North
Many people stick to Southern Thailand, but why not head up North? Breathtaking jungle and mountains, a cooler temperature and interesting tribes are amongst the many highlights.
- Keep it cheap
Thailand can be incredibly cheap, but make sure you browse around all travel agencies and shops for the best deals. This could save you £10 each time you do an excursion or trip!
- Try a different island
Most people head to Koh Phangan or Koh Samui for the Thai island experience, and these places are certainly beautiful, but if you want to travel somewhere a little different or peaceful; try out Koh Chang or Koh Samet.[/one_half] [one_half_last]
- Learn some Thai
Thanks to the expansion of Thailand’s tourism industry, many Thais speak good or at least some English. However, learning a few words always comes in handy. “Mai au khrap” means “no thank you” for a male speaker, as does “mai au khah” for a female, and comes in handy for those over-zealous touts!
- Don’t get scammed!
The scams in Thailand are fairly harmless, but a bit annoying. Watch out for the jewellery scam, where tuk-tuk drivers take tourists to jewellery shops and tailors for petrol commission. This can make for a very weird and boring day.
With so much to do and see, you will never be short of enjoyment in this wonderful country![/one_half_last]