Thailand is a beautiful country with an amazing culture and many, many things to do. If you are about to travel to Thailand and you want to know how to make the most out of your trip, you should continue reading:
- Learn the specifics about Thailand
Before you actually arrive at the airport in Thailand, you are going to want to be as prepared as you can. While a simple Internet search can solve any particular queries you have about the country, here is some of the most essential information you need to know:
- Currency: The official currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht. You should consider checking the exchange rates with your local currency to make an appropriate budget.
- Visa: While the situation varies a little bit depending on which country you are from, you should know that several countries require a visa to enter Thailand. Make sure you do the proper research and complete any process necessary to obtain your visa if you need one.
- Language: Since Thailand is a very popular touristic destination, you should encounter several people who speak English, but the official language is Thai.
- Public transportation: Public transportation in Thailand is efficient and cheap, so you should have no problem finding an affordable way to get from one place to another.
- Budget: While any budget greatly depends on the kind of experience you are looking for, you should know that in general, Thailand is a cheap country to visit, since eating at the street can cost as low as two or three dollars and regular restaurants will only set you back around ten to fifteen dollars.
Thailand is a very culturally rich country, and if you are planning a leisure trip, you should definitely consider visiting it during the festival months, since they are breathtaking and an unforgettable experience you should definitely experience if you can. These are the two biggest festivals in the country:
- Loy Krathong: Also called the Festival of Light, Loy Krathong is a must if you are able to visit Thailand during November 14-16. Thousands of people gather around rivers or lakes to pay homage to their goddess of water, and they do this by placing thousands of lit candles on little baskets on the water. People all around the country also lit sky lanterns that fly over the sky at the same time and in big amounts to make for a truly unforgettable image.
- Songkran: It is also known as the Water Festival, and it is an incredible experience you must see for yourself if your trip to Thailand is scheduled around April 13. While the traditional celebration of Songkran includes going to temples to pray and give food to the monks, many young people gather in the streets to have friendly water fights to wash their sins away. Streets in cities all around the country are filled with people with water pistols and water balloons celebrating, drinking and throwing water at each other for days. For this festival, you should consider bringing a waterproof camera or phone and be extra careful not to get injured.
- Visit only reputable animal parks
Animal tourism is a major part of a trip to Thailand, as there are several touristic agencies that include trips to visit elephant or tiger sanctuaries. The only problem is that there are several sketchy sanctuaries that care only about profit and they drug or mistreat the animals to make them more docile. If you really want to experience taking a selfie with a tiger or an elephant, you should do your proper research and only go to reputable sanctuaries that guarantee the safety and well being of their animals.
- Learn to scuba dive
Thailand is actually one of the best and cheapest countries in the world to learn how to scuba dive.
Since Thailand has an astonishing richness of marine life, there are several places where you can get PADI certified while you go scuba diving. This is truly one experience that you simply cannot miss when you are travelling to Thailand.
Also, if you are not a fan of getting inside the water for any reason, you can always go on a trip on the ocean in a boat with glass floor. Thanks to the clarity of the waters around some islands in Thailand, you will be able to see tons of fish and sea life without getting wet.
- Try the local cuisine
One of the best parts about travelling to any country is to try the local cuisine. While you might be a little scared at the beginning since some things might be incredibly different to what you are used to, you should try at least some things to gather new experiences.
Finally, if you do decide to try the local food, you should try it at the street stands instead of restaurants. While restaurants are definitely a safer choice if you have a sensitive stomach, the real taste that makes the experience unforgettable is in the thousands of street stands. Besides, most of them are incredibly clean and will pose no risk at all.
Now you know it. If you are going to Thailand, following these 5 little tips is guaranteed to help you make the best out of your trip!