If you’re looking to venture out to an exotic and affordable destination, Thailand will tick plenty of boxes. From the mountainous north to the pristine beaches in the south, Thailand is one of the most beautiful countries on the planet, rich in culture and tradition.
Thailand is most popular with females aged 16 to 25 years old and males over the age of 21 years old. The survey tells us people want to party, eat different local food and they want to learn a new language abroad.
Where to go
For city life: Bangkok – Vibrant street life and elaborate temples, the energetic capital city never sleeps
For culture: Chiang Mai – A sprawling city home to one of Thailand’s most sacred temples, Doi Suthep.
For the coast: Koh Samui – Thailand’s second largest island in the Gulf of Thailand, with immaculate beaches and a vibrant party scene
For scenery: Railay – Idylic sandy beaches surrounded by beautiful limestone karsts paint a picture of an island paradise
Seven of the best things to do
- Island-hop in the south – a popular area to do this is the spectacular Phi Phi islands
- Attend the Songkran Festival – the biggest water fight in the world
- Visit The Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew (The Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and Wat Arun in Bangkok
- Check out the street food markets for local cuisine
- Visit an Elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai
- Get your PADI scuba license in the Southern Islands
- Experience a Full Moon party on the island of Ko Phangan
Essentials: what you need to know
When is the best time to go?
- Thailand has a range of climates and a monsoon season
- For the best weather, visit from November to February
- Monsoon/rainy season is May to October
- It gets extremely hot from March to May
Vaccines: For those that want to trek in rural areas, or if you’re staying for longer periods of time, then consider cover against Hepatitis B and Rabies.
Currency: Thai Baht ฿
Time zone: UTC +7:00
- Hello and goodbye: sawasdee (sah-wah-dee)
- Men say hello with: sah wah dee khrap (short and sharp finish)
- Women say hello with: sah wah dee khaaa (a drawn out finish)
- Thai people don’t always shake hands. Instead, they offer a friendly wai — a traditional prayer-like gesture with the hands placed together in front of the chest, fingers pointing upward and head slightly bowed forward.
- When visiting holy places, such as temples, cover your shoulders and legs as a sign of respect
- Not returning someone’s wai is considered rude, and reserved only for kings and monks.
- Food & beverage: none
- Taxi: round up
- Note: haggling on prices in the street is expected in markets, but not in restaurants
Five dishes we love:
- Pad Thai – a sir-fried noodle dish topped with peanuts
- Red pork noodle soup (Kuay Teow Moo Daeng) – it’s only found as street food in Thailand, not in restaurants
- Tom Yum Goong – a spicy shrimp soup
- Mango sticky rice – comes wrapped in a banana leaf
- Sweet Thai crepe – ideal for those with a sweet tooth
Ok, so how do I get there?
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