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Destination: Thailand

Thailand
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Destination: Thailand

Thailand

What can I expect from Thailand?

Thailand was the first country in Asia I visited and I instantly fell in love. Nicknamed the “land of smiles”, Thailand attracts with welcoming locals, a vibrant culture and incredible natural wonders. Whether it’s Chiang Mai in the north, Bangkok in the center or Phuket in the south, Thailand is beautiful in every corner.

The best time to visit Thailand is usually during the cool and dry season between November and early April. However, the climate varies throughout the country and you can visit all year round – just be prepared for sweltering hot temperatures in summer.

Things to See and Do in Thailand

  • Visit the Grand Palace
  • Explore Phi Phi Islands
  • See Wat Arun Temple
  • Join the Yi Peng Festival
  • Visit the White Temple
  • Scuba Dive & Get Certified
  • Visit a Responsible Elephant Sanctuary
  • Go See a Floating Market

Typical Costs When Traveling

Accommodation – It’s very inexpensive to find good accommodation when in Thailand. Budget travelers will find hostel beds for until 10 USD per night, while those wanting more comfort can even book luxury hotels at affordable rates.

Food – Thai food combines strong aromatic components with a spicy edge making it very popular worldwide. Seven Thai dishes appeared on a list of the “World’s 50 Best Foods”: tom yam goong, pad Thai, som tam, massaman curry, green curry, Thai fried rice and mu nam tok.

Transportation – When traveling in Thailand tuk-tuks quickly will become one of the prefered modes of transportation. A tuk-tuk is a motorized development of the traditional pulled rickshaw. Overnight buses and trains are also popular for long-distance travel. It’s very cheap to get around but beware of scams and be sure to purchase your tickets in the official stations.

Suggested daily budget

40 EUR / 45 USD

(Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hostel, eating out a little, cooking most of your meals, and using local transportation.

Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!)

MY THAILAND TRAVEL GUIDE

My favorite places to visit in Thailand include Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai and the islands in the south. With so many beautiful destinations to choose from it can often get overwhelming to plan a trip – especially if your time is limited. The below articles are a great starting point to get inspired to visit Thailand.

Keep in mind to travel mindfully and respectfully – not only when in Thailand but all the time. In Thailand in particular, especially show respect when visiting their local temples and palaces. Most places of worship will ask visitors to dress modestly. That means shoulders and knees covered. Be sure to dress appropriately, bring something to cover up or rent a scarf at most tourist sites for a small fee.

TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR THAILAND

I’m always surprised how many people travel without travel insurance. For me, it’s as essential to travel as buying a plane ticket, backpack or accommodation, and I never go without it.

Although China is relatively safe, unexpected natural disasters can always happen and I’ve witnessed people getting laptops and phones pickpocketed first hand.

Adequate insurance not only provides you with medical coverage (if you get sick or break your leg), but also covers things like your camera full of epic shots getting damaged or stolen, your flights getting cancelled, or you getting caught up in a natural disaster.

In short, it’s an insurance against potential issues that arise when you’re traveling and can save your life (or at the very least, a lifetime of debt).

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