Thailand

For years now, Thailand has been the number one destination for many travelers. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, after all, this super popular Southeast Asian country, located in the Indonesian peninsula, is known as the land of smiles.

It offers everything for all tastes. It has stunning scenery, friendly people, unique culture, fascinating history, delicious food, an abundance of fresh produce, and to top it off, it is relatively easy on the budget. The word Thailand means land of the free, and a sense of freedom is exactly what you’re going to get during your stay. Whether you want to relax, take a short break from everyday reality, enjoy a lush vacation, find your own adventure, or grow spiritually, you will be able to do it there. As the only Asian country that has not been colonized by Europeans, it is now more than welcome to the many people from all around the world who head over to enjoy their ultimate getaway.

Bamboo rafting in green tropical scenery as a tour for tourist in Thailand

Thailand has three seasons: high season from November till March, shoulder season from April till June and low season from July till October.

Top things to see and do in Thailand

Visit Bangkok

Not only is the capital of Thailand, it’s also one of the most visited cities in the world. This vibrant, lively city has many things to offer. Home to close to 14 million of people, it has countless temples that will leave you speechless. Also, when near Bangkok, a trip to the floating markets is a must. Shopping for produce on boats can be a unique experience. Enjoy the diversity it has to offer. And be grateful you don’t have to say its full name, which is Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awana Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. Locals will call it Krung Thep Maka Nakhon or shortly Krung.

thailand bangkok city

Sam Phan Bok

Take a break from the beaches and go see the Thai version of the Grand Canyon. This huge rock islet in the Khong River is located in Ban Pong Pao, Ubon Ratchathani Province. Make sure you visit it during the dry season. It is when the islet will emerge from the water and offer a one of a kind experience. You will be able to enjoy a scenery different from what most people envision when word about Thailand comes up.

Wat Rong Khun

The white temple in northern Thailand

It is a striking white temple you can easily mistake for a scene from a fairytale. Definitely, a must visit. Just like the rest of the province Chiang Rai. It offers many attractions and activities. Its capital may be small, but it has a great, relaxed vibe, and it’s a fun, laidback city. It’s easy on the wallet and it‘s a terrific starting point for your further trips. You should also indulge in the gastronomic delights the region offers with its delicious local cuisine.

Island life

Thailand is always associated with beaches and a long sensational coast. Rightfully so, as its coastline is2,000 miles long and it’s home to 1,430 islands. Be it dreamy white beaches or dramatic, wild coast, islands are waiting to be explored. As the country is very tourist friendly, it is easy to organize trips and do island hopping.

Trekking

Thailand is a perfect place to go trekking. With its beautiful nature and stunning landscape, it offers a bit of everything for everyone. So for all of those who appreciate a tad of adventure and seek for something not so ordinary, exploring this country on feet is a must. This way you will not only get to know the country and its beauty but also get to know the local people.

Indulge in fresh produce

A combination of warm, subtle climate and hardworking people results in an abundance of fresh produce. Enjoy the heavenly taste of freshly picked fruits you can buy from the street vendors at reasonably low price. Choose from fruits you can get all around the globe, such as bananas, pineapples, watermelons, and papayas. But don’t forget to try more exotic fruits that are not so widely available back home. How do durian, jackfruit, pitaya sound like? Beware of durian, though. You will either love it or hate it. And let’s not forget about mangoes and sipping coconut water straight from the young Thai coconut. For all true fruit lovers, fruit festivals are the right answer and a place to be.

Thailand's Original and largest Durain Fastival 2017 at Central Wolrd Bangkok Buffet Thai fruits

Learn Thai food

Thai cuisine is definitely very popular. It’s relatively easy to prepare, very delicious, healthy and nutritional. Seize the opportunity to learn more about it and join one of the many cooking classes. Don’t be shy! Impress your friends when you get back home, not only with your memorable stories but also with cooking skills. Take them on a short exotic trip with typical dishes such as their praised curries, noodles or impress them with delectable Thai desserts.

Work with animals

Animals are a great part of Thai culture. The country is home to some of the smallest as well as the largest wildlife out there. Therefore it is a paradise for all the animal lovers who are willing to dedicate their time and volunteer at one of the many sanctuaries spread across the country. You can work with magnificent elephants, monkeys, or even take care of stray dogs. This way, your holiday will also be very rewarding. Avoid visiting the so-called tiger temples, as animals there are very likely to be drugged and abused.

Typical costs

Accommodation

From bargain deals for the simplest rooms, family friendly places to the finest five-star hotels and resorts, Thailand has everything. Backpackers will find their refuge within the walls of many hostels, that should cost around 4 USD for a simple double room in the outlying regions. Coming closer to the center will increase the price. Expect to pay between 10-12 USD. Prices for high-end hotels and resorts start at around 100 USD.

Cheap bungalows for backpackers on a tropical beach in evening time. Thailand

You can stay at guesthouses, bungalows as those are among the cheapest. Also keep in mind, that the Northern part of the country is usually easier on the budget than the South. Islands tend to be more expensive. Prices may also change and vary according to seasons (please see below some information about seasons).

Food and drinks

Food is relatively cheap and very budget friendly. At a good value restaurant, you can get a meal for a price as low as 2 USD on average, while two people can indulge in a 3-course meal at a mid-range restaurant for 10 USD. Chain fast food meals will cost you around 4 USD.

Domestic brands of beer are notably cheaper. You will pay 1-2 USD and about 3 USD for exported beer. It is best to stay away from tap water and choose bottled water instead. They cost around 0.50 USD. Sodas aren’t any more expensive, expect to pay around the same, 0.50 USD for them. How much you are going to pay for alcohol, depends on where you are going to get it. High-end bars charge more. Buying booze at markets or during the happy hours will help you save some money. Wine, on the other hand, can be a bit more pricey. Thailand has quite a few beverages you definitely shouldn’t miss on, such as Thai beer, Thai Whiskey (which is very different as it’s much more rum-like), and Thai Red Bull (it’s very sweet and uncarbonated).

Thai Street food at the market by Bangsaray Pattaya Chonburi Thailand

Transportation

The best way to get around is by air, which is good value, reliable and fast. There are many airlines to choose from. However, if you want to get to know the country better, you may want to choose a train or a bus. Thailand is known to have very good and reliable bus connections. Trains, on the other hand, are not so fast so it might take a while to get you from one point to another. Either way, you decide to travel around the country, you can rest assured it will not cost you too much as transportation is inexpensive. Just keep in mind that it‘s not always quick.

While planes might be the fastest and most comfortable, you will likely miss a lot of the scenery. Even if it takes longer, you can get some sleep during the night, and catch some amazing views during the day.

Sights

Prices for sights and tours vary. You can plan your own or choose one of the numerous local tours agencies on offer. Tours usually start around 20 USD, while some multiple day trips can cost up to 600 USD.

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