One of those places with something for everyone is Thailand, who has quickly grown to be one of our favorite nations in Southeast Asia. Travelers from all over come here for the beautiful and diverse scenery, laid back atmosphere and the opportunity to experience things that the other nations in the area can’t.
While Thailand has a long, glorious history behind its rich culture and beautiful landscapes, it also has its fair share of positive and negative buzz as well.
However, the beaches, tropical weather, amazing dining and its great people are nothing to complain about. It’s also got its fair share of great nightlife packed into Bangkok, Pattaya and the infamous island of Koh Samui.
If you’re planning a trip to Thailand, then you’re in luck, because we’re going to talk about some of the top things to do while in the country. We’ll cover Bangkok, Pattaya and the island of Koh Samui, and in an effort to create this article as complete as possible, we’ll cover the main attractions, accommodations and sights and their cost, so you can easily plan your trip.
Below is the complete guide to an amazing trip to Thailand in brief:
TRAVEL TO THAILAND:
Thailand is the right place for any time of the year, but you’ll want to avoid holiday periods and the rainy season, which is between May-August. Some of the busiest times to travel are in December, January and February as well as June through September. If you can, plan your trip during their shoulder season, which is spring or fall; this way it will be much cheaper than traveling around their peak times.
Of course, if you’re looking for a beach destination that’s cheaper during high season, then head to Phuket or Koh Samui during high tourist times and peak seasons. You’ll still get great weather in February/March or October/November.
VISAS FOR THAILAND:
There aren’t any additional visa requirements or fees for Thailand. There are only a couple of things you’ll need to bring with you, including your passport and a photo ID such as your driver’s license.
The length of your stay is up to 2 weeks, but it’s best to plan around 4 weeks to experience the country and its people. You may be able to extend another week if you have a specific purpose or are planning on staying longer than the time allowed by the government.
If you’re planning on working in Thailand, then you’ll want to speak to the Thai Embassy in your home country about how long that will take.
DINING IN THAILAND:
In Thailand, there are a lot of great restaurants to choose from and you can find cuisine from all parts of the world. For example, you’ve got Thai-Chinese and Thai-Chinese-Japanese restaurants that cater to travelers.
You can enjoy great Thai seafood in a number of places including Bangkok, Samui and Chiang Mai. If you prefer Western cuisine, then head to Khao San Road in Bangkok where you’ll find everything from hot dogs to Italian restaurants. Thailand offers a variety of foods, so have fun trying them all out!
The cost of meals varies greatly across the country depending on where you go; however, Bangkok and its surrounding areas tend to be more expensive than other parts of Thailand.
In Phuket and Bangkok, the food is great and the prices are extremely reasonable. You can easily find food with all kinds of flavors and cuisines that can satisfy any palette out there.
SIGHTSEEING IN THAILAND:
There are so many amazing and incredible things to see in Thailand, so it’s difficult to pick just a few. While traveling in Thailand, you’ll definitely want to experience the most popular tourist destinations including the temples at Siem Reap, Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya; however, if you’re looking for other things to do and places to visit, then here’s a list of some incredible sites that you won’t want to miss on your trip:
One of the top things on your list will definitely include adventure activities such as zip lining up in the Mountains.
ACCOMMODATIONS IN THAILAND:
Thailand offers its travelers a wide range of places to stay, from cheap and budget hotels to luxurious resorts. We’ll talk about the most popular areas in this article and give you an idea of what you’ll be spending on accommodation.
i) Bangkok: If you’re planning on visiting Bangkok, then you have at least 3 types of accommodations to choose from: luxury, mid-range and budget.
ii) Luxury: There are many great luxury hotels in Bangkok ranging from 5-star to four star that cater to affluent travelers. These places offer everything from modern amenities and luxurious amenities to fantastic dining and great service.
iii) Mid-Range: If you’re looking for something a little cheaper than the luxury hotels, then Bangkok has some wonderful mid-range accommodations. These range from all-inclusive to budget type places that offer great value for your buck.
Bangkok is one of the most expensive locations in Thailand and is more expensive than other regions on this list. However, it’s still a top destination in the country, so if you’re traveling here with a tight budget, then including Bangkok on your trip won’t break the bank.
Koh Samui: If you’re looking for a beach holiday and want to get away from the tourist crowds and high prices, then head to Samui, a popular resort island in the Gulf of Thailand with stunning beaches and plenty of fun activities. In this well-known vacation spot, you’ll find plenty of luxurious resorts to choose from ranging from 4-star to 7-star.
The beautiful islands of Koh Samui will feature on your holiday itinerary. Koh Samui is one of the most popular islands within Thailand; however, it’s still one of the most expensive places in the country.
Cost of Travel to Thailand
If you’re planning on flying to Thailand, then you’ll be pleased to hear that flights within the country are pretty affordable compared to other countries in Asia.
On Kiwi.com’s Flight Price Index, which was published in August 2016, the average price per 100 kilometers in Morocco was $20.11, indicating a sharp increase in flight rates there. And that trend might persist as more tourists travel to Morocco for its beaches, bazaars, and desert landscapes. 10.4 million tourists, a record number, visited the nation in 2016.
If you’re heading overland to Thailand, then you’ll need a visa for their borders.
You’ll also have to consider the quality of your flight and whether you’ll be flying with a budget airline. The prices get more expensive as the quality of your flight gets lower.
It’s best to fly through Bangkok or one of the other major Thai cities; however, if you’re doing it overland, then you may want to consider flying through a popular hub such as Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
SO, GUYS, NOW HAVE YOU DECIDED WHERE TO GO NEXT ON YOUR ADVENTURES?
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Finally, if you’re interested in taking a multi-city tour around Thailand, then check out the ITAT’s services. They offer some of the best multi-city tours throughout Asia, so check them out and decide which tour is right for you!