Thailand is the most popular vacation destination in Southeast Asia. Offering pristine beaches, undisturbed jungles, incredible opportunities for diving, delicious delicacies, warm and welcoming people, a vibrant culture – and inexpensive prices – it’s easy to see why so many people from around the globe choose to travel to the country. Add to that the fact that it’s a pretty easy country to travel around, and Thailand really is a fantastic destination.
If you’re planning a trip to this glorious country and you’ve never been before, you’re going to want to make sure that you are well prepared so that you can have the best experience possible. Thailand is one of my favorite destinations, so I want to share with you some of my travel tips that will help to make your trip to this country an incredible one.
Understanding the Landscape
Thailand offers a very varied landscape. The beaches are, by far, the most popular attraction. In fact, when you picture this country, images of aqua blue water hugging pristine white beaches is probably the first thing that comes to mind.
Beaches aren’t the only thing that Thailand has to offer. There are acres upon acres of lush jungles to explore, too. You’ll find incredible wildlife in its natural habitat (such as elephants,) and so many different specimens of flora that is unlike anything you will ever see in the United States. The jungles are really quite incredible, so I highly recommend that you don’t miss out on doing a hike through at least one.
There’s also bustling activity to be found in the cities. Bangkok is the major city. It’s the heart of the country and it offers some pretty incredible sites and attractions, as well as very friendly people. Make sure you check out the ancient temples, the palaces, the street markets and shops, and the vibrant nightlife (which is one of the craziest nightlife scenes that I have ever experienced.) Of course, you don’t want to miss out on the amazing Thai food.
There are some key travel tips that you should keep in mind if you are planning a trip to Thailand. Here’s a look at some of my tips that I think you will find invaluable when vacationing in this country.
- Reserve your hotel room before you arrive, especially if you are planning on visiting areas that are frequented by tourists. There are some truly fantastic, world-class resorts in Thailand, and if you are planning on taking a luxurious vacation, you don’t want to end up not being able to get a room at one of these resorts.
- If you aren’t planning a luxury vacation, consider staying in a hostel. Not only are they economical, but they are a great place to meet people from around the world. I’ve had some incredible experiences in the hostels in Thailand, and there are tons to choose from.
- Wait until you arrive to book any tours. Whether you are planning on going sightseeing or zip lining through the jungles, I highly recommend waiting until you get to the country to book a tour. There are tons of travels agencies located near the tourist areas and they are looking to sell their tours, so you should be able to get an excellent deal.
My 5 Must Bring Items
Thailand is a truly unique country, which means that you are going to need to bring things with you that you probably wouldn’t consider bringing to any other country. Here’s a look at the top 5 things that I always make sure to have in my luggage when I travel to Thailand.
- A LifeStraw is a must. Thailand tap water isn’t purified enough to meet the needs of Westerners, which means that drinking it could end up getting you sick. Though you can certainly buy bottled water, in the event that you can’t get any, or you want to save some money, make sure you bring a LifeStraw with you. It’s filters tap water, removing elements that could potentially get you sick so you can stay hydrated without having to worry.
- An international power adapter is a must. They use different outlets than we do in the US, which means that you won’t be able to charge up if you don’t have one.
- Travel insurance is essential. In the event that something goes awry, you’ll be thankful that you are financially protected by a travel insurance policy.
- I always bring a travel sheet with me, too. I like staying in hostels, and sometimes, the sheets don’t exactly meet my standards of being clean. With a travel sheet, you will be able to make sure that you have a clean surface to sleep on.
- Comfortable, supportive shoes are also a must. You don’t want to end up with aching feet after trekking through the cities or the jungle.