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Quick Facts

💰Currency Thai Baht (฿)
🔄Exchange Rate US$1 = ฿36.1
💬Language Thai
🗣️English Fluency Moderate
🏙️Capital Bangkok
👥Population 69.8 million
🚘Driving Side left
🔌Plugs A, B, C, O
🕑Time Indochina Time (UTC+07:00)
🍽️Must-Try Tom Yum Goong, Pad Thai, Green Curry, Som Tum, Massaman Curry

Backpacker Budget: US$24 (฿ 866)

Hostel Dorm US$7 (฿ 253)
Takeaway Meal US$3 (฿ 108)
Public transport US$1.5 (฿ 54)
Long-distance bus US$13 (฿ 469)
Entrance Fee US$10 (฿ 361)
Beer US$2 (฿ 72)

When to go?

November - February High season: cool and dry weather
March - May Hot and humid weather
June - October Low season: rainy season

What's unique?

Welcome to Thailand, the Land of Smiles! Known for its vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality, Thailand offers a truly unforgettable travel experience, popular with first-time travelers and world-travel veterans alike. Get ready to immerse yourself in a country that seamlessly blends ancient traditions with modern attractions.

One of the highlights of Thailand is its diverse natural beauty. From the white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters of the southern islands to the lush jungles and misty mountains of the north, there's something for every nature lover. Explore stunning national parks like Khao Yai or embark on an adventure to witness majestic waterfalls like Erawan.

But it's not just about nature; Thailand also boasts a rich cultural heritage. Marvel at the grandeur of royal palaces in Bangkok such as the famous Grand Palace, home to Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). Don't miss out on visiting the historic city of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with ancient temples and ruins.

Indulge your taste buds in Thailand's world-renowned cuisine, known for its bold flavors and aromatic spices. From savoring mouthwatering street food at bustling night markets to dining in upscale restaurants offering traditional delicacies, every culinary experience is a delight.

With its enchanting blend of natural wonders, cultural treasures, and delectable cuisine, Thailand promises an unforgettable journey that will leave you craving for more.

Rice field in Pai
Rice field in Pai

Amazing Thailand Adventure
(2 weeks)

  1. 1
    Bangkok

    Explore the vibrant capital city of Thailand with its bustling street markets, ornate temples, and delicious street food.

  2. 2
    Chiang Mai

    Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Chiang Mai by visiting ancient temples, exploring the Old City, and participating in traditional Thai cooking classes.

  3. 3
    Pai

    Relax and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of Pai while exploring its beautiful temples, hot springs, and waterfalls.

  4. 4
    Chiang Rai

    Visit the famous White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) and explore the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet.

  5. 5
    Krabi

    Relax on the stunning beaches of Krabi, go rock climbing on limestone cliffs, and take a boat tour to the beautiful nearby islands.

  6. 6
    Koh Phangan

    Experience the vibrant nightlife and attend the famous Full Moon Party on the beautiful island of Koh Phangan.

  7. 7
    Koh Tao

    Go scuba diving or snorkeling in the clear waters of Koh Tao and explore the coral reefs teeming with marine life.

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai
Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai

Fun Fact

Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia that was never colonized by a European country.

FAQ

Is Thailand a safe country for tourists?

Thailand is generally a safe country for tourists. However, it is important to take normal precautions, such as avoiding isolated areas at night and keeping an eye on your belongings in crowded places.

What are some popular tourist destinations in Thailand?

Some popular tourist destinations in Thailand include Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi, and Ayutthaya.

What are some essential phrases in Thai?

Some essential phrases in Thai include "Hello" (Sawasdee), "Thank you" (Khob khun), "Yes" (Chai), and "No" (Mai chai).

What's the best way to get around Thailand?

The best way to get around Thailand is by using domestic flights, trains, buses, and taxis. Tuk-tuks and motorbike taxis are also common in cities. Outside of larger cities, renting a motorbike is a great option that gives you the freedom to travel on your own pace.

Travel Tips

  • Money Cards are accepted at most places
  • ATM Fees All ATMs charge fees. Bring USD or EUR cash, exchange rates at some places are excellent (e.g. SuperrRich is better than Visa/Mastercard rates), but don't exchange at the airport
  • Do greet people with a wai (pressing your palms together) as a sign of respect.
  • Do remove your shoes when entering someone's home or a temple.
  • Do dress modestly when visiting temples or religious sites.
  • Do try to learn a few basic phrases in Thai.
  • Do respect the king and royal family.
  • Don't point your feet at someone or use your feet to gesture.
  • Don't show public displays of affection.
  • Don't disrespect Buddha images or symbols.
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