The Ultimate Guide to Thailand
Thailand is visited as a tourist center for is Bangkok historical sights, natural sights and its cultural sights making the country the most visited country in South Asia Let me tell you that Thailand is worth all of the type. I may be biased because Thailand is one of my favorite countries in the world.
Why visit Thailand?
Most people who visit will agree with me that it is an incredible country. Selecting from the many beautiful places to visit in Thailand might be a bit challenging especially if you are not going with a tourist guide. From the mountains in the north to the islands in the south and the mega-city of Bangkok in the middle, Thailand is a country full of diverse landscapes, every flavor of food and surprises around every corner. Plus there are so many things to do in Thailand.
But enough of me talking about how great Thailand is, let me tell you how to plan a trip to Thailand and exactly what to do in Thailand. First let us look at some must know facts about Thailand.
Quick Facts about Thailand
Languages: Thai. English language is widely spoken in Thailand but it is nice to learn a few Thai phrases before you go.
Population: 69 million
Religion: Buddhism (90% majority)
Thailand power voltage is: 220 V; Plugs A & C
Thailand Currency: is the Thai Baht and is around 30 baht to 1 USD
ATMs can be found everywhere but take out large sums at a time as Thailand banks charge a 150 baht ($5 USD) fee above and beyond your bank’s service charges.
SIM Cards are easy to buy in Bangkok. Data is cheap and fast. I recommend buying a local Sim from airport upon arrival.
How to Get to Thailand
Thailand is one of the easiest countries to get to in Southeast Asia. It does not matter if one is travelling from far or close you can always look for cheap flights to one of Thailand’s six international airports in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi and Hat Yai. As I like to plan all my trips myself I personally use skyscanner.net to find the cheapest flights.
I asked someone in Thailand that what is a good weather to visit Thailand? The reply was – We have only 3 seasons hot, hotter & hottest. Thailand is insanely hot throughout the year. By the evening it cools down from about 4:00 pm onward. If you want to go see any sights, the best time to go is first thing in the morning when it’s opening or after 4:00 pm.
Thailand stay from Budget to Luxury Accommodations
For up to date conversions to Thai Bhat check XE Currency.
Thailand is for everyone. It is an excellent tourist destination to visit for any budget. From budget to luxury accommodation, cheap day trips and tuk-tuk rides to high-end shuttles and resorts, you can easily adjust your budget to your lifestyle in Thailand.
Solo travelers can spend as low as $25 USD (820 baht) approximately including food (street food), accommodation (hostel stays), alcohol (at local bars) and activities (night outs & day trips using public transport). One can enjoy in Bangkok and Pattaya without taking any inter country destination.
For a mid-range budget of around $50USD (1,660 baht) a day will get you air-conditioned dormitories. You will be able to eat out at restaurants, book more expensive activities and have the option to fly between cities like Bangkok to Phuket/Chiang Mai/Koh Samui.
If you have a budget of $100USD (3,300 baht) to be spent per day than you can have a Luxurious life in Thailand. One can refer to Booking.com for a suitable accommodation. Sometimes you may experience resorts stay or premium water facing properties for $1000 USD per night and spend your trip like a Royal.
10 THINGS TO DO AND SEE BY LOCATION
Cluster the locations together and you’ll see there’s pretty much things to do near the river, in pocket districts, the town center, and temples. Other things, like the weekend market, Noong nooch garden and floating markets, are much further out.
1 – Get a Thai Massage
Massages are cheap in Thailand and you can get a massage anywhere and they are heavenly. One of the best things to do in Thailand is getting an amazing traditional full body Thai massage or a foot reflexology massage. After a long day of walking and sightseeing, it is a great feeling to have your feet massaged for an hour. If you choose the right place you will leave the massage place feeling like a million dollars, but it will only cost you around 550 B ($10 USD).
2-The Old City in Chiang Mai
If you wish to explore Thailand’s culture and relics of its proud history, Chiang Mai is the place for you. The city was founded in 1296 and draws visitors from across the world to experience its elaborate Buddhist temples. The Old City is where you’ll find the highest concentration of temples.
3- Shopping in Thailand
You’ll come across three types of Markets in Thailand– railway markets (where locals sell clothing and food), floating markets (where you’ll enjoy a slow ride along the water, with market stalls at arm’s reach on either side), and night markets.(Kind of flea markets selling everything).
MBK Centre is one of Bangkok’s big shopping centers. For Asian tourists and Bargain Hunters Indira square is a good place to Visit.You can buy clothes like sarongs, 3/4 pants, skirts, and shirts for as little as 50 bhat. My shopping lists from Thailand comprises of clothes, night lamps, incense and souvenirs.
4- Khao San Road in Bangkok
One of the top things to do in Thailand is exploring the world famous Khao San Road. Most of the tourists tend to find themselves drawn to the bright lights of Khao San Road. Where you absolutely have to do some food tasting of the exotic kind along with some bargain hunting. This bustling street makes for some colourful hippy stalls, lively bars, food-vendors serving fried street food. In this area you can explore the quintessential side of Bangkok, a collection of ramshackle laneways, shining temples and antique shop houses. Avoid staying on Kho San Road, but definitely visit it.
It is among the most popular beaches in the country of Thailand and it is a member of the Phi Phi island. There are so many visitors that come to this beautiful beach to admire the bay’s awesome beauty. You can get a view of limestone karat from the shimmering waters and a foliage coverage rocks almost covering the small white sand bay. This place surely is a great selfie spot
6- Koh Hong
In the mainland of Krabi, there exist a small island that boasts of a spectacular natural lagoon and white sandy beaches. Day tours to fascinate the marine life on this island are quiet famous. If you wish, you may get to view the coral reef and appreciate the underwater world.
7- Relax at a Yoga Retreat
One of the most amazing things to do in Thailand is to indulge at a yoga retreat. Yoga retreats are a popular thing all over Thailand and in a place so beautiful who wouldn’t want to practice yoga by the water on an island. But a full retreat will ground you, spoil you and is easy to indulge in with affordable prices.
8 – Take a TUK TUK ride
When in Thailand you must take a tuk-tuk ride at least once. Just be sure to agree on a price before you get in the Tuk Tuk (they always expect a negotiation from tourists so do it!) and don’t let them talk you into stopping at any shops. Sometimes they try to convince you for their own commission at few shops.
9- Must watch Shows in Thailand
I am a great fan of stage shows and love watching artists perform acts on stage. Thailand has some of the spectacular shows that leave you mesmerized with some great performances by local artists.
Though Thailand has different kinds of Shows for all age groups but I am talking about shows that you can enjoy as a family. Below are my top 3 picks.
1 –Siam Niramit Bangkok
Siam Niramit is a grand Show performed in the centre of Bangkok. Siam Niramit is a state-of-the-art 2000-seat theatre. The show is open every day but I suggest you do the advance booking. Theatre has three restaurants, and an authentic traditional Thai village that visitors can stroll through and meet the artists for photographs. When we bought our tickets we choose to have buffet dinner and entry ticket to the show. It was so worth it!
2- Kaan Show Pattaya
Kaan show is specially for families with young kids. Show is adapted from traditional thai folk tales with creativity and modern technology. Lovely elephants performing with different artists. They allow visitors to take photos with the artists and elephants.I ordered my tickets slightly discounted from the website ‘Get Your Guide‘ but you can find them on ‘Klook’ too. Exchanging the e-tickets at the booth was no problem.It can get quite busy at the entrance before performances, so make sure you arrive at very least half an hour before show time. This is the ideal spectacle to visit with your family and kids.
3-Tiffany Show Pattaya
If you’re Pattaya, you definitely must visit Tiffany’s show. Located in the heart of Pattaya’s main town center near the Marina, Beach front and Terminal 21 mall. From a small bar show it transformed into Thailand’s first transgender cabaret show. Beautiful dances, amazing stage work, outstanding performance. It’s about one hour show. At the beginning and end of the show, the crews will be out for photo taking at the lobby. Form there you could take photos with them from 100 baht. It’s chargeable for taking photos with them…. General photos are free to take at your convenience.
10 -Chao Phraya Princess Dinner Cruise
Experience Bangkok in the evening through Chao Phraya River cruise with a delicious buffet dinner serving Thai and international cuisine with live musical entertainment . Get great views of monuments along the river including Wat Arun and the Grand Palace, and watch the city light up for the night. A relaxing experience with some great food. Make sure to arrange pick up & drop off while booking it.
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Hope you have a lovely trip to Thailand, the country that never lets you out of options.
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