Thailand has always been my favourite travel destination, so much so that my husband and I had a THAI THEMED WEDDING. I guess it’s the combination of the familiar and the exotic, the beaches and the nature, the serene along with the hustle and bustle. Thailand really does have something to offer everyone.
I visited as a backpacker, I went again on a slightly more luxurious holiday and most recently I visited for a work conference. Next time I visit will be with my baby girl!
Thailand has such a vast amount of accommodation and transport options as well as activities that just about anyone can choose this country for their holiday and have an amazing time. Whether you have 10 days in Thailand or a month, you will have no trouble filling your travel itinerary. Whatever holiday-type you’re after, here are my top Thailand tips for you!
Want to visit Wat Po in Bangkok? Hop in a tuk tuk, no problem. But if you want to travel a bit further, say from Bangkok to Chaing Mai or down to the island, I would suggest planning in advance. I have spent hours sitting on the floor at train stations, had to sit on a ‘hard seat’ (i.e. a wooden bench) on a night train and paid over the odds for flights.
Whether budget or premium, transport books up quickly in Thailand, especially during peak seasons, so I suggest booking in advance. This can be especially true for big holidays or events, for example the monthly full moon party. If you want to travel somewhere in peak season, book ahead.
Thailand is unique in that there is accommodation to suit all budgets and traveller types. From a 20 bed dorm in a hostel to a family-friendly 3* hotel to a luxury beach-side villa, you can almost always find something that’s perfect for you. There are so many Thailand deals out there, make sure that you shop around to find the perfect accommodation for you at the perfect price.
Thailand is a country that provides you with an abundance of opportunities to try something new. Whether you want to watch a ping pong show in Pat Pong (something that most backpackers will do-it’s not onlypopular with seedy old men!), taste fried tarantula on Koh San Road or do an elephant mahout course in Chaing Mai, I would recommend that you do something that you will remember during your trip to Thailand.
It’s so easy to go on holiday and to spend the majority of your time in and around your hotel. But if you do this you really are missing out… because Thailand has so much to offer! Try the food (it’s delicious!!), speak to the people (they’re so friendly!) and brave the city traffic (you know you want to try out that moped taxi…). Leave the typical tourist areas and explore Krabi, Chiang Rai or Chonburi for something a littlest different.
I promise, experience the real Thailand and will take away fond memories that you will never forget! Learn how to get a SIM card while you are in Thailand to make your trip even better here.
Keep your wits about you and have a bit of common sense though and you as a tourist can bring many positive impacts to the country. You can help boost the economy and encourage animal conservation by visiting sanctuaries and farms where animals are treated well. The beaches are some of the best I have ever been to (and I’ve travelled a lot), the people really are some of the kindest and the food is some of the most delicious I’ve ever had (and super cheap-bonus!). What ever you do on your trip to Thailand, I can guarantee you will have a fantastic time- enjoy!
Do you have any tips for visiting Thailand? Please leave them in the comments box below!