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So You Want to Travel to Thailand? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you’re considering traveling to Thailand, you’re in for a treat. This Southeast Asian country is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and landscapes. But before you book your tickets, there are a few things you need to know. This blog post will discuss everything you need to know about traveling in Thailand!

Thai Culture

Thailand’s history dates back to prehistoric times, when the first settlers arrived on its shores. The country was formerly known as Siam, but was renamed Thailand in 1939 to better reflect the beliefs of its people

Thailand is also known as the land of smiles. The people are very warm and hospitable, so you’ll feel right at home as soon as you arrive in Thailand.

The country has a rich cultural heritage, with many traditional festivals occurring throughout the year. These festivals allow people to immerse themselves in Thailand’s diverse traditions and customs while participating in fun activities such as parades and dances.

When you visit Thailand, you’ll find that most people are very friendly. They’re also very hospitable to tourists who want to learn more about their culture and history.

Best Time to Visit Thailand

The best time to travel to Thailand is between November and March, when the weather is cooler and less humid and there are fewer tourists.

If you prefer warm weather, April to October is ideal – it’s hot and humid, but not as hot as May or June (where it can get as hot as 40°C). Generally, though, it’s better not to travel during these months, as prices skyrocket during this time due to increased demand from vacationers looking for a warm spot!

Avoid June to October when it’s hot and humid, especially July to September when it rains. And if you want to travel during the monsoon season, plan your trip during the dry season if possible.

What to Do

It’s easy to see that Thailand is a fantastic destination. There are so many things to do and discover. I’ve traveled and lived in the country several times. The variety of landscapes, culture and food make it one of the best destinations in the world.

Culture is an important aspect of travel. So before you travel to Thailand and plan your trip, here are some interesting facts about the culture in Thailand that makes it unique compared to other cultures:

Visit Temples

Thailand is a land of impressive temples and the country is known for its beautiful temples. According to Wikipedia, there are a total of 41,205 Buddhist temples in Thailand, of which 33,902 are in operation, most of them in rural areas. However, there are also some beautiful Buddhist temples in Bangkok and other cities in Thailand that are worth visiting.

There are many famous Buddhist temples in Bangkok, including Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Wat Arun (the Temple of the Dawn) and one of the most important Buddhist temples: Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha).

Other popular destinations for Buddhists are Chiang Mai in northern Thailand (with several important temples), Ayutthaya (with Wat Phra Si Sanphet), and Sukhothai (with Wat Sri Nakharin).

Thailand’s temples are among the most beautiful and sacred in the world. They’re also among the most visited places by tourists, so visiting one of these sacred sites is often part of a trip to Thailand.


Thai cuisine is one of the most characteristic cuisines in the world. The cuisine combines Thai and Chinese cuisine, Indian and Portuguese influences, and local ingredients. The food is usually very spicy, but if you’re sensitive to heat, you can ask for the dishes to be prepared more mildly.

The most popular dish in Thailand is Pad Thai, which consists of stir-fried rice noodles with tamarind sauce topped with dried shrimp, bean sprouts, crushed peanuts, or sometimes fried eggs or tofu. It’s usually eaten for breakfast or lunch with other dishes such as Som Tam (green papaya salad) or Larb Moo (minced pork salad).

In Thailand, there’s a wide variety of delicious street food that’s inexpensive and can be found all over the city. Most dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients such as lime juice, chili peppers and garlic, which give them an extra kick!

There are also many excellent seafood restaurants serving fresh seafood dishes such as shrimp fried rice, grilled shrimp or yellow catfish fried in garlic oil. If you’re craving some spice, consider Thai chili basil with vegetables or frog legs cooked in lime.

And if you’re vegetarian or vegan, Thailand is a great place to visit. There are many options for vegans and vegetarians in Thailand, from street stalls to upscale restaurants.

Since Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country, eating meat is still common and most restaurants have at least one vegetarian option on their menus.

Some vegetarian restaurants, especially in the cities, offer imitation meats such as chicken and fish, which are very good. In smaller cities, vegetarians may have to settle for soups, salads, or fruit shakes.


Thailand is known for being a place for those who want to feel good. The country has become a center for meditation, yoga and traditional healing practices. People from all over the world come to Thailand to relax, rejuvenate and heal their body, mind and spirit.


Meditation has been a part of Thai culture for thousands of years. In fact, meditation is such an important part of Thai life that it’s even taught in schools. The inner peace that comes from meditation and other practices is an important part of Thai culture and a big reason why so many tourists flock to Thailand each year. Meditation retreats can last anywhere from a few days to several months. Some people choose to meditate with others, while others prefer to go alone so they can focus on their practice without distraction or interruption. If you’re looking for a place to meditate, there are many different options in Thailand!

Massages are also popular with tourists and locals alike. Dozens of different massages are offered throughout Thailand, including Thai massage (a type of stretching therapy), reflexology (a type of foot massage), and head massage (which focuses on pressure points on the head and face).


Yoga is another popular activity in Thailand. The country hosts some of the best yoga retreats in Asia, so it’s easy to find an instructor to teach you different poses and stretches – all while enjoying some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world!


Shopping in Thailand is a unique experience. You can find everything from traditional Thai handicrafts to modern designer brands, from cheap and cheerful souvenirs to high-end fashion items.

Thailand is a shopper’s paradise with vibrant markets and malls and thousands of stores selling everything from food to electronics.

The selection of products is huge and it’s possible to find almost anything here.

If you want to buy something made in Thailand, you’ll have no problems finding it. The most famous Thai products include silk, jade and elephants (in carved ornaments), ceramics, lacquerware, wood carvings and textiles such as cotton fabrics and silk scarves.

The variety of items for sale can be overwhelming at first glance – there’s so much to choose from! But if you know what you’re looking for, it’s easy to find something suitable for yourself or a gift for someone else.


Markets are also an important part of Thai culture, and they’re great places to buy souvenirs, clothes, and food. Here are some of the best markets to visit while in Thailand:

Chatuchak Market

The Chatuchak weekend market is one of the largest markets in Asia. At this market you can find everything from clothes to furniture to food. It’s open every day from 6 am to 9 am and on Fridays until midnight. According to the Chatuchak Market website, there are over 15,000 stalls here, spread over 35 hectares and 26 departments, including food, art, antiques, fashion and more.

Night markets

  • Patpong Night Market: Patpong is a night market in Bangkok where you can’t only store, but also eat and be entertained. Because of the many stores, bars and restaurants that line the streets, it’s a popular place to visit after dark. The Train Night Market is another popular night market in Bangkok.
  • The Night Bazaar in Chiang Mai is another popular destination for tourists looking for souvenirs and handicrafts at good prices. Here you can find everything from hill tribe handicrafts to clothes made by local designers from recycled materials.

Floating Markets

The floating markets are another great place to store in Thailand.

  • You’ll find a few great ones on the Chao Phraya River, and if you’re looking for authentic Thai markets.
  • Go to the famous floating markets like Damnoen Saduak or Amphawa Floating Market. Here you can buy souvenirs like sarongs, Thai handicrafts, clothes and jewelry at affordable prices after haggling.
  • Many cities like Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Hat Yai also have their own floating market where you can find local products and handicrafts.


There are many different things to do at night in Thailand: Dining out, going to bars and clubs, street parties, full moon parties and live music.

Eat out

In Thailand, there are many restaurants that serve delicious food at affordable prices. You can choose between traditional Thai food and Western cuisine. Popular places to eat out include street stalls where you can buy freshly cooked food, and restaurants with air conditioning and waiters who’ll bring your order to your table.

Eating out is a great way to meet people and learn about the local culture.

Bars & Pubs

The bars and pubs in Thailand are a lot more fun than you’d expect. If you like to party, this is the place for you. You’ll find many different types of bars and pubs, ranging from small, intimate venues to large clubs with loud music and flashing lights.

If you’re looking for something sophisticated to just chill out, there are many rooftop bars to choose from in the city. These include the Sky Bar at the Vertigo Hotel, the Sirocco Sky Bar at the Lebua Hotel, the Moon Bar at the Banyan Tree, and many more. If rooftop bars aren’t your thing and you’re looking for a more modest evening out, then one of the many beer gardens in Bangkok or other cities like Chiang Mai may be just what you’re looking for.

Live Music

The jazz scene in Bangkok has become very popular. There are several jazz bars in the city where you can hear live performances by local bands or international artists who come to Thailand for these performances

Rock music lovers will also find many places in Bangkok where they can listen to their favorite genre

Street Parties

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have fun in Thailand, because there are many street parties throughout the year. For example:

Songkran (Thai New Year)

This festival marks the beginning of the Buddhist New Year. It takes place every year on April 13 and lasts for three days. At this time, people come together and sprinkle each other with water to rid themselves of their sins and bad luck of the past year.

Khaosan Road

Khaosan Road is known as Bangkok’s backpacker district and has been popular with young travelers for decades. It’s filled with bars, restaurants, and small stores selling everything from souvenirs to clothing to food! If you’re looking for a hectic nightlife, this is the place to be!


There’s no shortage of nightlife in Bangkok. The city has a large number of dance clubs that cater to all tastes. Some of the most popular are located in the Sukhumvit area, which is known for its nightlife.

Full Moon Parties

I was lucky enough to discover the full moon parties in the late nineties, when it was less busy and more authentic, and when I’d the opportunity to meet some of the first travelers who attended the first full moon parties in the 80s. Today the full moon parties have become huge and you’ll find a whole army of people on the beach.

Full moon parties take place on Ko Phangan every month when the moon is full.

The party starts at sunset and ends in the early morning around sunrise. Most people arrive on Koh Phangan the day before or the day after to enjoy the beauty of the Thai island before or after the party. You’ll find many accommodations, from bungalows with shared bathrooms to luxury resorts on Had Rin beach, where you can relax between party days. The main attraction of these parties are the fire shows that are held all night long by DJs and local artists, accompanied by loud music from speakers placed throughout the beach area.

If you’re in Had Rin (Koh Phangan) during a full moon party and want to relax and get away from the party hustle and bustle, you can always visit the nearby islands: Koh Samui or Koh Tao until the end of the full moon party. Just make sure you take your valuables with you if you keep your bungalow while you’re away in case of a break-in, which can happen like anywhere in the world when an area is crowded.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai is a martial art and combat sport that involves standing strikes and various clinching techniques. It’s become an international sport and is practiced by many fighters who want to be professional.

Muay Thai fighters are known for their powerful kicks, explosive leg attacks and knee attacks. They also have strong punches, elbows and knees and have great endurance. If you want to get fit, learn self-defense or just have fun, Muay Thai is the perfect choice for you. Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and also one of the most popular martial arts in the world. While it may be difficult to get into a Muay Thai gym, there are many places where you can watch a Thai boxing match in person.

The fights take place all over the country, but the best places to see them are Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok (where both amateur and professional fights take place), Wai Kru Stadium in Phuket, or Omnoi Stadium in Chiang Mai.

Places to visit in Thailand


  • Bangkok – The capital of Thailand, known for its shopping, food, nightlife, and cultural heritage.
  • Chiang Mai / Chiang Mai Province – A large city in northern Thailand with a historic old town, cultural attractions, temples, nature, and much more. Chiang Mai is also a very popular place for digital nomads because of fast internet, cooler weather, and a more relaxed city that’s less expensive than Bangkok.
  • Chiang Rai – Chiang Rai is a small city in northern Thailand, near the border with Myanmar (Burma) and Laos, another gateway to the Golden Triangle.
  • Ayutthaya – An ancient city founded in 1350, the second capital of the Siamese kingdom, with many temples and ruins from its time as Siam’s second capital.
  • Pattaya – Pattaya is popular with Westerners because it offers everything you’d expect from a beach vacation: warm weather, good food, nightlife and resorts along the coast.
  • Hat Yai – A town near Malaysia where there are many people of Chinese descent, but also Muslim communities of Malay origin. Hatyai is only 30 minutes from Songkla, where you’ll find beautiful white sand beaches and great seafood restaurants. Penang is located right on the border with Malaysia. You can easily reach Penang and spend a few days there


Thailand is a paradise for beach lovers. From the beautiful scenery of the islands to the crystal clear waters, there are many beaches in Thailand that you can visit. Here are some of the most popular beaches in Thailand:

Gulf of Thailand (East)

Koh Samet: A beautiful island with many accommodation options and a wide range of activities. The Thai island is easily accessible from Bangkok by road and by boat. It’s also possible to fly directly from Bangkok to Koh Samet airport. The island is popular with locals, expats and tourists and has something for everyone – from secluded spots for couples to party beaches for singles and families. One thing I love about Koh Samet is that it hasn’t changed dramatically in the last 20 years.

Koh Chang: Further away from Koh Samet is Koh Chang, a large island full of beautiful beaches, and you can take a short trip to Koh Wai Island. This is the island of Koh Chang near Cambodia, not to be confused with Koh Chang near Burma.

Koh Samui: Koh Samui is located in Southern Thailand and is the largest island in the Gulf of Thailand. It’s a popular beach destination with a population of about 70,000. Koh Samui has a wide variety of beautiful beaches where you can find some of the best beaches on the island. They’re perfect for relaxing with friends or family, and also offer a good nightlife for those looking for a party.

Koh Phangan: The south of Koh Phangan is known for its full moon parties, while the north is quieter. The island has pristine white sand beaches and is one of the most popular places to stay for digital nomads

Koh Tao: Koh Tao is one of the most popular diving destinations in the world. Koh Tao is surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches and clear blue waters. The most popular time to visit Koh Tao is the dry season (December-April) because there’s less rain and less humidity during this period

Andaman Sea (West)

The Andaman Sea is a popular destination for diving, snorkeling and other water sports. The islands in the Andaman Sea are also popular destinations. These include Phuket Island in Thailand, Langkawi Island in Malaysia and the Andaman Islands in India.

Phuket: This island is located off the west coast of southern Thailand. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in this country. The island offers everything from white sand beaches to spectacular bars and clubs. There are also many resorts on this island that you can visit. You can also go snorkeling or scuba diving here.

Khao Lak: Located north of Phuket, Khao Lak offers visitors a quieter vacation experience than its more famous neighbor. Khao Lak has many attractions to offer, including great dive sites, beautiful beaches and excellent resorts.

Krabi: Krabi is known for its stunning beaches and limestone karst cliffs that rise from the sea. It’s a great place for those who enjoy diving, snorkeling, or exploring caves – but there’s also plenty to do for those who prefer a more relaxed vacation!

Koh Phi Phi: Phi Phi Island is another popular destination for tourists who want to vacation in Thailand. The island has beautiful beaches and clear waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. There are also many resorts here where you can stay during your visit. You can do a lot here, such as parasailing, scuba diving, and even dolphin watching!

Koh Phi Phi is also known for the famous movie The Beach (2000), starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Danny Boyle.

Phang Nga Bay: This bay is located on the west coast of Thailand near Phuket Island. It’s home to some of Thailand’s most impressive limestone formations, including James Bond Island (Phi Phi Leh), whose rock formations have served as the backdrop for many Hollywood movies.

Koh Lanta: Koh Lanta is one of Thailand’s most popular islands and for good reason. This beautiful island has everything to offer, from mountainous jungles to long, golden sandy beaches and clear blue waters. The Thai island is also home to a number of wonderful resorts where you can enjoy a relaxing vacation without having to worry about anything other than what you’re going to order for dinner tonight.

Koh Kradan, Koh Ngai and Koh Muk: For those looking for a more remote option, these small islands off the coast of Thailand near Koh Lanta are just the ticket. They’re known for their pristine white sand beaches and clear waters.


Thai countryside is beautiful and peaceful, with lush green mountains, rice paddies, and waterfalls. The best way to explore it’s by bicycle or motorcycle. You can rent bikes at most guesthouses, and if you don’t have your own vehicle, they can arrange a driver for you.

Nature and wildlife

Khao Sok National Park is one of Thailand’s most popular national parks. You’ll find Khao Sok National Park on your way to Phuket or Krabi, and there’s plenty to see and do here. The park is home to a variety of plants and animals, including elephants, monkeys and crocodiles.

According to Wikipedia, the park is estimated to have more than five percent of the world’s animal species.


Thailand is a land of waterfalls. The tropical climate and mountainous terrain make it a paradise for those who love the sight of waterfalls. There are so many waterfalls in Thailand that it’s hard to choose one. However, there are a few that stand out from the crowd and that you should visit if you have the opportunity to do so

Many of the most stunning waterfalls in Thailand are located in national parks. These parks were established to protect the natural beauty of the surrounding areas. They’re also home to many endangered animals and plants, which you can see up close in the parks’ wildlife sanctuaries.

Erawan National Park is one park I’d recommend you visit for the waterfalls. Erawan National Park is located in Kanchanaburi province, about 125 km northwest of Bangkok. It houses several natural attractions, such as waterfalls, caves, and hot springs. The hike will take you about 2 to 3 hours.

The River Kwai Bridge

The Japanese forces used the bridge to transport supplies between Burma and Thailand.

There are several ways to visit it by train, bus or boat, but you must book in advance. You can also take a tour from Bangkok or Kanchanaburi with one of the many companies that offer excursions from tourist destinations all over Thailand.

Getting Around

Thailand is a large country with a lot to see and do. However, it’s also a relatively small country for getting around. It’s easier to get around in Thailand than in most other places worldwide.

Travel long distances

Transportation in Thailand is very efficient and affordable. There are several options depending on where you want to go

If you want to go from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by bus, it’ll take you about 15 hours. By train, it’ll take you about 10 hours. By plane, it takes less than 2 hours.

Domestic flights

Domestic flights are usually at least twice as expensive as a bus ticket for the same route. If you book early, you’ll get a cheaper ticket. It’s advisable to book in advance, as many airlines offer discounts if you book at least seven days before your departure date.


Traveling by train is one of the easiest ways to explore Thailand, especially if you want to get from one end of the country to the other. Trains run very frequently and comfortably, stopping at numerous stations along the way. The trains also have sleeping cars with beds, air conditioners and toilets on board.

VIP bus

VIP busses are newer and more comfortable, but they cost more than twice as much as regular busses. You can save money by booking VIP busses at the bus station rather than through a travel agency.


The bus system in Thailand is extensive and reliable. There are two types of busses: Local and express busses. Local busses stop at every corner and take longer to reach their destination, while express busses are more expensive, but they follow a fixed route and stop only when necessary.

Minivan: Minivans are another popular mode of transportation in Thailand, as they offer more legroom and comfort than buses. However, minivans tend to be more expensive than busses and trains, so be sure to compare prices before choosing a mode of transportation!

Travel in cities

Getting around in Thai cities is relatively easy. There are cheap and frequent busses, trains, and other public and private transportation.

Skytrain: The Skytrain is a quick and easy way to get around Bangkok. It’s an elevated train that runs above the streets and connects to the subway at several stations. The Skytrain is comfortable, clean, and inexpensive. It’s also quite safe, as most of its travel is above ground and it’s not been affected by many bombings like other forms of public transportation in Thailand. The only downside is that the Skytrain doesn’t serve all parts of Bangkok. Therefore, you’ll have to take a taxi or bus from certain stations if you want to get to a place that’s not near a Skytrain stop.


Taxis are readily available in most cities and other tourist areas such as beaches or markets if you need a quick ride or are looking for a taxi that speaks English (which isn’t always guaranteed). Taxis have meters, so make sure the taxi driver turns on the meter before taking you anywhere, or you may pay more than your ride should cost.


Songthaews are pick-up trucks that have been converted into public transportation! They can be found all over Thailand transporting people from place to place, but I find them most useful when traveling from one place to another

Tuk Tuk

Tuk Tuks (also known as Tuk Tuks) are three-wheeled taxis that are very popular in Thailand. Tuk Tuks are cheap and easy to stop on the street, but they’re also notorious for overcharging tourists and sometimes driving dangerously.

If you take a tuk-tuk, agree on a price before you get in – and then make sure your driver sticks to it!

Travel by river and sea

Thailand is a great country to explore by boat. Boating is one of the most popular ways to get around Thailand, and it’s easy to see why. There are cruises, speed boats, and slow boats.


Cruise ships offer passengers the opportunity to tour Thailand’s islands without ever setting foot on land. The ships usually dock at several ports each day before heading out again in search of new adventures – sometimes getting close enough to shore for passengers to take photos or swim in the clear blue waters at their leisure. A cruise through Thailand isn’t cheap, but it can be very rewarding, depending on how much time and budget you’ve available.


Ferries connect many of the smaller islands to the mainland and are one of Thailand’s most popular modes of transportation. Locals often use them to cross rivers or lakes, and can be found throughout the country. Ferries are also an inexpensive way to cover short distances if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands.

Slow boat

Slow boats are another way to get around Thailand. These boats are much slower than other vessels, giving passengers plenty of time to enjoy the scenery. If you’re traveling alone or with just one other person, this may be the ideal option for you, as you’ll have plenty of time to chat with people who’re also in the same boat.


Speedboats are another type of boat that people use when they want to get from A to B as quickly as possible without having to worry about anything other than getting there safely!

Rental options


Renting a car in Thailand is a great option for anyone traveling. The main advantage of renting a car is that you can travel in your own time and at your own pace. You can stop where and when you want and plan your itinerary according to your needs. However, you need to be careful when driving, as traffic rules in Thailand aren’t as strictly followed as in other countries.


In most places where you can also rent cars, there’s also a motorcycle rental service – this is much cheaper than renting a whole vehicle, so if you’re looking for your transportation.


Biking is one of the best ways to explore Chiang Mai city, as it offers more freedom than walking or renting a car. It also allows you to exercise and get some fresh air! You can rent bikes everywhere in Chiang Mai, but it’s better to rent them in places with detailed instructions on how to ride safely on the roads.


If you have the necessary license and budget, chartering a yacht is a wonderful way to enjoy Thailand’s tropical waters. The country’s coasts offer some of the most beautiful sailings in the world and are perfect for a day trip or longer. You can explore hidden bays and beaches away from the tourist areas, snorkel, dive, swim with dolphins, or relax on board.

Accommodation Types

Thailand is a fantastic destination that’s something for everyone. From beaches to mountains, this country has it all! The same goes for the accommodation types, which range from cheap to luxurious. Prices for accommodation in Thailand are very reasonable, especially compared to other Asian countries like China or Japan.

  • Hotels: Hotels are the most popular form of accommodation in Thailand as they offer guests a wide range of amenities and services. They offer everything from dining to entertainment options at affordable prices.
  • Hostels or Guesthouses: hostels or guesthouses are much cheaper than hotels and can be found in every city and town in the country. Hostels also offer dormitories where everyone shares a bathroom and kitchen. They’re usually cheaper than hotels but not as luxurious as resorts or bungalows. Many hostels also offer discounted tours so guests can explore the area at an affordable price.
  • Bungalows: Bungalows are another popular option for backpackers and budget travelers. These small wooden houses are usually located in rural areas away from tourist hotspots and are often rented out by the owners on Airbnb or similar websites. They’re often cheaper than hotels, but have fewer facilities, so you shouldn’t expect too much from them!
  • Airbnbs: Airbnbs are becoming increasingly popular in Thailand as they’re very cheap compared to hotels. Many Airbnbs also offer discounts for longer stays!
  • Couchsurfing: Couchsurfing in Thailand is a great way to meet locals or foreigners, learn about the culture and have a great time. Many people are hesitant to use Couchsurfing because they don’t know what it’s and how it works.

If you’re new to Couchsurfing, here are some tips on how to make the most of your next trip:

  1. Join the community! The easiest way is through the CouchSurfing app (iOS and Android). You can also sign up on the Couchsurfing website and connect with other travelers before your trip.
  2. Become a member of the community! The easiest way is through the CouchSurfing app (iOS and Android). You can also sign up on the Couchsurfing website and get in touch with other travelers before your trip.
  3. Remember that they’re doing the same for you, and if you’re new and don’t have any reviews yet, your introduction is just as important as theirs (if not more so!). So be friendly, respectful, and engaging when contacting hosts.

Wifi in Thailand

In Thailand, as in many other countries, there’s a large network of wifi hotspots. You can find these hotspots in hotels, cafes, and restaurants. Most of these hotspots are unsecured, meaning they’re open to the public. This allows users to connect to the Internet without paying for it. Most wifi hotspots don’t require a password or login credentials, but some require this information. Due to the high internet penetration, Thailand is one of the best-connected countries in the world. The best place for digital nomads tends to be Chiang Mai, partly because of its fast wifi.

You can also buy a SIM card at most stores and recharge it at any 7-Eleven store throughout the country (except in some remote locations).

What to Learn in Thailand


Learning the language is a great way to make friends in Thailand. Not only will it help you get around Thailand, but Thai people are always happy to help foreigners who struggle to speak their language. Some words and phrases that can be useful to you in Thailand:

“Mai pen rai (mee payn ray)” – “no problem” This is used in response to almost everything, so good to know!

“Sawatdee ka (sah-wah-tee kah)” – “Hello.” A simple greeting you’ll hear all over the country.

“Khop khun ka (kop koon kah)” – “Thank you” You’ll hear this word a lot too!

Suppose you spend a lot of time in Thailand and want to learn more than just the basics. In that case, there are many ways to learn Thai, whether through a course in Thailand, virtual courses, or free online resources like Duo Lingo, which offers free courses for many languages, including Thai.


These courses will teach you how to cook real Thai food. This is the course for you if you want to try authentic Thai dishes. The instructor will show you how to prepare dishes such as Pad Thai and Tom Yum soup. Some courses even include a market tour to see where the ingredients come from and buy them yourself later (if needed).


Diving is one of the most popular activities in Thailand because the country has so much to offer divers of all skill levels. Whether you’re just learning to dive or have been diving for years, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the underwater world in Thailand’s warm waters. Most dive schools offer both beginner and advanced courses, depending on what level you’re at.


Thai massage is world-famous. You can get a traditional Thai massage at any spa or hotel, but many schools offer massages and courses in Thai massage if you want to learn how to give one yourself. The best time to learn is in the cooler months, as students need to be able to lie on the floor for a long time without getting cold.

Yoga and Meditation

Yoga has become very popular in Thailand in the last decade. There are many yoga studios in Bangkok and other cities, as well as on the islands, offering beginner classes and intensive retreats where people come from all over Asia to study yoga for weeks at a time. If you’re interested in meditation as well as yoga, there are many options for that too.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai courses in Thailand come in different price ranges and levels of difficulty. Depending on your schedule and budget, you can choose a short course or a longer-term program.

Rock Climbing

There’s a wide variety of rock climbing areas, including mountains and cliffs, making Thailand a perfect destination for climbers. There are many options if you want to learn to climb in Thailand.

Volunteering in Thailand

Volunteering is a great way to get involved in the community, meet new people and learn more about Thailand. There are many opportunities to volunteer in Thailand, such as with animal welfare organizations and wildlife sanctuaries.

There are organizations in Thailand that need volunteers. Some organizations provide refugees with shelter, food, and clothing, while others need volunteers to teach English or other skills such as sewing and cooking. You can search the internet for volunteer opportunities or contact an organization directly to see if they offer them at their office or camp.

  • Volunteer at an elephant sanctuary

Elephants are revered as sacred animals in Thailand, but unfortunately, they’re often abused. There are many elephant sanctuaries around the country where you can help care for elephants rescued from the tourist industry or abused by their owners. You can also work at an elephant hospital where volunteers provide medical care to sick or injured elephants.

  • Volunteer at an animal rescue center

Thailand is home to many unique animal species that need our help to save them from extinction. There are many animal rescue centers throughout the country where you can volunteer to care for orphaned animals and help them find new homes once they’re ready to be released back into their natural habitat. The work behind a successful reintroduction program can be both challenging and rewarding. So by volunteering at one of these centers, you’ll also gain valuable experience working with animal welfare organizations!

  • Volunteer at an orphanage

In Thailand, many orphanages seek volunteers to care for the children. If you’re interested in this type of volunteering, you should know that it can be emotionally and physically demanding. You’ll need patience and compassion for children who may have experienced traumatic events.

  • Teaching English in a refugee center

If you can speak English fluently, there are opportunities to teach English in refugee camps. This is a great way to make a difference in people’s lives and get hands-on experience working with refugees.

  • Work with street children

Many organizations work with street children in Bangkok and other cities in Thailand. You can work as an English teacher or tutor or help out in administration. Working with street children is a great way to improve their lives.

Volunteering in Thailand has become increasingly popular among travelers in recent years as more and more people realize the tremendous benefits of giving their time and energy to help others.

Thailand offers many beautiful sights and experiences, but it’s also a country that’s been hit hard by poverty, natural disasters, political unrest, and other problems.

Volunteering in Thailand allows you to make a difference in the lives of others – whether it’s helping out at an orphanage or teaching English in a school. It’s also a great way to learn more about Thai culture and meet new people.

If you want to volunteer for some jobs, you’ll need a qualification or experience in teaching or care work. In other cases, you need enthusiasm!

10 Do’s and Don’ts in Thailand

You may not know what you should and shouldn’t do in Thailand, but there are some cultural dos and don’ts that you should know. They’re not hard to follow, but they can make your trip more enjoyable for everyone involved.

  1. Dress modestly when visiting temples, and avoid wearing sleeveless tops or shorts when entering temples. Wear long pants or skirts when visiting temples. Some temples allow shorts and sleeveless tops, but it’s always best to ask beforehand.
  2. Always remove your shoes before entering a temple. Also, take off your hat if it’s one, and don’t touch any of the Buddha statues with your hands.
  3. Respect monks and nuns.
  4. Never touch a Thai person’s head unless asked to do so. This is considered rude because it’s a sacred body part in Thai culture.
  5. Avoid pointing your index finger at others, which the Thais consider rude.
  6. Always be polite when speaking to Thais, and never raise your voice, no matter how angry you’re.
  7. Learn some Thai phrases. A Thai person usually appreciates it when you try to speak their language, so learn a few basic phrases before you come to the country
  8. Don’t write people’s names in red ink on gifts or letters, as this signifies bad luck or death. Use blue or black ink instead.
  9. Don’t point your feet at another person (this includes sitting cross-legged with your feet toward someone).
  10. Offer your seat to the elderly, pregnant women, monks, and others who need a place to sit.

Pack Lightly

The weather is hot and humid year-round, so it’s best to travel light and carry as little as possible.

You can buy clothes almost anywhere in Thailand, but if you want to travel light, you should only take the essentials.

If you take too many things, it can be inconvenient and increase the weight of your luggage.

If you want to travel light to avoid hassle on the plane or train, here are some tips on how to travel light to Thailand:

  • Take a small backpack – A small backpack will help you keep organized and still give you enough space for other things like books, magazines, or other reading materials you need during travel time.
  • Pack only the essentials – Don’t pack too much! You can always buy what you need when you arrive in Thailand.
  • Limit the number of shoes – If you’ve more than two pairs of shoes in your closet, you should leave one pair home. This way, you’ll need less space to pack shoes in your luggage.
  • Choose comfortable clothes – Always go for comfort over style. Comfort is the key to having a great time when traveling with limited space.
  • Use compression bags or packing cubes – These bags help compress your clothes and other items into a small space so they fit better in your luggage or backpack. They also prevent your clothes from wrinkling and are easier to iron when needed.

Take Out Travel Insurance When Booking Your Flight

Travel insurance is an important part of planning your trip to Thailand. It’s your safety net, giving you peace of mind if something goes wrong.

Here are some reasons why people purchase travel insurance when traveling in Thailand:

Medical Care Abroad Can Be Expensive

If you’re traveling outside your home country and something happens to you, it’s important to have travel insurance so you can get treated. If you don’t have insurance, you may have to pay for medical care out of pocket – which could cost you thousands of dollars.

Lost Luggage or Stolen Items

If your luggage is lost while traveling abroad, likely, you’ll never find it again – especially if it’s lost at Suvarnabhumi airport or a train station. Without travel insurance, you cannot know how much these lost items will cost you until they’re gone forever. In some cases, travelers have even been forced to pay for the replacement items with their credit card – resulting in higher monthly payments on top of their other expenses!

Trip Cancelation

Suppose your trip must be canceled or interrupted due to illness or injury. In that case, travel insurance will usually cover non-refundable expenses such as flights, hotels, and rental cars. You may also be able to claim for non-essential prepaid expenses or services that have already been paid for but cannot now be used (e.g., dental appointments).

Travel Delays Due to Weather Conditions

Suppose your flight is delayed or canceled due to inclement weather. In that case, travel insurance will cover the lodging and other expenses incurred due to being stuck at Suvarnabhumi airport.

Natural disasters and emergency repatriation to your country of residence

You may not think that Thailand is a country where natural disasters are common, but they happen. The country was devastated by a tsunami in 2004 that killed over 1,500 people and caused billions of dollars in damage. Travel insurance can cover evacuation if necessary

When buying your travel insurance, make sure you read the policy carefully and that it covers everything you need to

How Long Does It Take to Travel Through Thailand?

That depends on where you’re traveling, how you’re traveling, and how much time you’ve.

If you want to take a short vacation, you can explore the most popular destinations in Thailand in about a week. If you’re planning a longer stay, it’s unlikely you’ll run out of things to do and see.

If you’re planning a short stay (e.g., a week) and want to see as much as possible, I recommend contacting a travel agent or checking the internet beforehand. Nowadays, many travel agencies offer tours of Thailand. They know what they’re doing and have a lot of experience organizing trips like this.

How Much Should I Budget for a Trip to Thailand?

Calculating travel costs can be a lot of work, especially if you’re on a budget. The best way to find out how much you need is to use the Cost of Living Calculator, where you can enter the city you’ll be traveling to and your desired lifestyle.

Is Thailand a Safe Country?

Thailand is one of the most popular travel destinations in Southeast Asia and the world. It’s also considered a safe travel destination. The crime rate is low, and the locals are very friendly and outgoing. You can walk around many tourist areas at night without fear of being mugged or robbed. If you want to explore the city of Bangkok at night, plenty of taxis, tuk-tuks, or motorcycle taxis are available at any time of the day.

The most important thing to watch out for is petty theft and pickpocketing. Ensure you always have your valuables in sight, especially if you’re traveling with a backpack. Also, be aware that many scams in Thailand aim to cheat tourists out of their money – these include gem scams, fake bus ticket scams, bus drivers asking for more money than is printed on the ticket, etc.

There have also been cases of tourists being drugged and robbed during their Thailand vacation. Therefore, it’s best not to accept drinks from strangers or leave your drinks unattended in bars and nightclubs.

Thailand is a safe place to live. The country has a low crime rate compared to many other countries, and violent crime is rare, but use common sense anywhere else.

The following tips should help you stay safe in Thailand:

  1. Avoid being out alone at night
  2. Avoid secluded areas at night
  3. Don’t carry too much cash or jewelry
  4. Don’t walk alone after dark in deserted areas such as parks and beaches (even if they seem popular)
  5. Don’t drink too much alcohol when partying in bars or clubs, as this can make you more vulnerable to pickpockets and scammers who target drunk tourists.
  6. Refrain from wearing flashy clothes and accessories – avoid wearing expensive brand-name clothes, watches, and jewelry, as they’re easy targets for thieves and pickpockets.
  7. If you’re staying at an Airbnb, don’t invite people you don’t know, including Western guests you don’t know.

You can also find more tips on local safety in a Thailand travel guide.

Free Useful Apps for Android and iOS

To make your trip more enjoyable, you can use some useful apps. Below are some of the best apps you can use while traveling in Thailand.

Google Map

This app is great for your trip as it provides you with a lot of information about your location, such as restaurants and hotels near you. It also provides you with directions to your destination. It’s a built-in GPS, which works offline, so you don’t need an internet connection to use the app. It’s free, so it’s highly recommended for anyone who loves to travel!

Google Translate

If you’re traveling to Thailand for the first time, this app is very helpful for communicating with the locals. Since English isn’t very common in Thailand, this app can help translate words into Thai or vice versa!


With Rom2rio, you can get your schedule options as well as prices. You can also check train and bus schedules, compare airline tickets, and learn more about the trip.

Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor is just as useful abroad as in your home country. You’ll find reviews on almost every place in Thailand, including restaurants, hotels, attractions, and more! You can search by city or type of attraction/activity (e.g., museum or beach) and then pull reviews from other people who’ve been there. Trip Advisor also gives tips on what to do in each city based on your interests, likes, and dislikes – making planning easier than ever!

XE Currency

If you’re looking for a currency conversion app, XE Currency is one of the best on the market. This app offers most currencies and gives you the current exchange rate for each one!


With Skyscanner, you can search for cheap flights all over the world! When searching for flights, you can select specific dates or airports, as well as your budget and travel class (i.e., economy or business). The search results will show you the prices of all available airlines, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs!

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