Are you looking for a well balanced Thailand itinerary with a mix of beach, jungle, and city? With these Thailand travel tips, we bring you that and much more. Thailand is a beautiful country and has a lot to offer. Is a great place to see wildlife, vibrant city life and laid down on some unbelievable beaches.
Here we bring you the very best Thailand travel tips you need to make the most of your adventure in Thailand!
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Essential Thailand Travel Tips
Avoid peak seasons on popular spots
Get the required vaccinations.
Bring a water filtered bottle.
Research average price of transports to avoid being scammed.
Beware with monkeys! They do not only steal your stuff but can also transmit rabies.
Choose your food wisely. Nothing raw or uncooked.
Bring sunscreen. You will need it and is one of the few expensive things in Thailand.
Avoid mosquito bites with long sleeve clothes and repellents.
Download maps.me to know where you are even if you don’t have data.
Grab taxi and 12GoAsia might be your best friends to move around.
These Thailand travel tips, are just to give you a quick idea about what to expect and some recommendations. Everything in this list is explained in detail along with this post.
Weather: Hot and humid for the whole year. During the rainy season, the temperature gets higher and the rain is heavy and unpredictable.
Visa: The visa in Thailand is a visa on arrival, this means that you won't need to apply for the visa in advance. With the Visa on arrival, tourists get one month stay for free. If you are planning to stay longer, then you will need to apply for a visa extension from the Thai Embassy. That will cost 1900 THB and you'll need to provide a passport copy and the departure card that you receive when you enter the country. You can check here if you need a Visa.
Safety: Thailand is generally a pretty safe country. There are some places in the very south which are not recommended to be visited. In any case, check here for travel advice about the current safety in Thailand.
In our case, we explored it over two months being in all around the country and never had an issue.
Also, for the best medical advice is worth to check Fit for Travel website. You should seek medical advice on vaccinations and any other advice a professional can provide you with. As it is a dengue area, we recommend you to have mosquito repellent with a high concentration of DEET.
One of the most important Thailand travel tips is that you should have good travel insurance to have all the travel essentials covered.
What to pack: Thailand is in general quite hot so we recommend you to wear light and breathable clothes. Bear in mind that to enter the temples you must wear appropriate attire to show respect, that is: cover your arms, and your knees. In some of the temples, flip-flops are not allowed.
How to move around: Moving around Thailand is easy and not expensive at all. 12GoAsia is by far the best platform/app to use when moving around Asia. They offer plenty of trains and buses at a cheap and reasonable price and are really comfy.
How much cost travel to Thailand?
We spent an average of 28$ per day in our Thailand itinerary, all included. We found easy to keep this budget and we could even have done it for less money saving in accommodation by sharing room in hostels, although we did a mix of budget hotels and hostels. If you want to save even more, keep reading some of our Thailand travel tips below which can save you more money.
How is the average price calculated?
It is the total of all our expenses in Thailand divided by 30 days, which is the time we spent there. That is taking into account:
- What kind of accommodation? We mainly stayed at budget hotels and some hostels spending a minimum of 5$ per person and a maximum of 15 per person in a double room. As you will find out, the price in the islands is slightly higher without meaning more quality.
- How did you move around? 95% of the time by bus, and a train. Buses in Thailand are great, good price and comfy. We also used tuk-tuk for shorter distances.
- What kind of food did you eat? Most of the time we went for local food. And that means mostly street food, which is cheaper and also delicious (most of the time)
- What do you consider entertainment? Alcohol, tickets for attractions, renting scooters in some places...
Choosing the right itinerary to travel through Thailand is not easy since there is lots of stuff to do an see in many different areas of the country.
Normally the easiest way to do it is by separating the 3 main areas: North, Central, and South. The time and visits will depend on what you are after:
- North is great for nature, jungle, trekking, and wildlife
- Central is great for culture, vibrant city life, history, and temples, having even some beautiful natural parks nearby
- South is best for beaches. There are so many islands to choose with breathtaking beaches where to spend your day.
In the interest of time, we really recommend not to rush it. If you want to visit all of them you should plan at least a two weeks itinerary. Although we think it is not enough to cover the 3 main areas.
If you happen to have less time, we recommend you to follow our Thailand travel tips to plan your itinerary carefully and stay a minimum of two days at each place considering also the time you will have to spend traveling.
We spent more than a month in Thailand (in 2 different times), and we don’t think it was enough to visit all these places properly but we know vacations are limited!
If you have little time, one of our top Thailand travel tips would be to use the plane to cover long distances to save you extra time.
You can take a look in detail in this infographic with our suggested Thailand itinerary.
Things to do in Thailand
You might want to check:
If you are planning on going on high season, you should definitively check Get Your Guide for a complete list with top things to do in every stop of your Thailand itinerary. The advantage of doing it is that you can book any tour in advance. If you have limited time, it might be a good idea to take a look, at least to have an idea of the options.
Where to Stay in Thailand
Thailand has a wide offer of accommodation, depending on your budget.
From our experience, the average budget accommodation works great in terms of comfort and price. However, and it happens everywhere, the price in the islands is always higher than in the mainland, but you can still find amazing deals if you know where to look.
We have been in places for around 5$ each in a private room(10$ in total for both of us). And the highest price we paid was 28$ per night in a private room.