Traveling to Thailand
Thailand is the travel hub in Southeast Asia. It is the most visited country in the region – and for good reason. When you hear its name, you already think of the beaches, the beauty, the jungles, and the food. Well, your thoughts are perfect.
With its vast jungles, beaches, and amazing food, Thailand has a very well known and appreciated culture.
Typically, passports holders from the United States, the United Kingdom, and the EU receive a free 30-day visa when entering Thailand by plane and fifteen days if entering by land. This visa is easily extended if you wish to stay longer in the country. If you wish to stay longer in Thailand, you can first apply for a tourist visa at any Thai embassy.
- English is the most spoken language in Thailand, much more common since many people are in the tourism industry, it is their way of life. Most people, especially those who work in tourist activities and hotels, will be able to help you. In northern Thailand and more rural areas, chances are you will come across people who don’t speak English. But do not worry. Smiles and a fun game of charades is a great way to get to know the locals.
Festivals and Celebrations
Although we generally prefer to travel across countries during the intervening seasons, we also tend to plan our trips around certain celebrations and festivals that we want to experience. Songkran and Loi Krathong are two festivals in Thailand that are recommended to people. Imagine that you are looking at the sky while thousands of paper lanterns are released in the sky. Seeing it in person is truly a magical experience.
Transport from one place to another is quite easy in Thailand and is quite efficient. Constant travelers to Thailand recommend you book a bus, boat, and train in advance. Booking these saves you tons of time at transportation stations or travel agencies.
Although you should book your transport a few days before, if you are traveling during the high season or holidays, it is recommended that you book in advance.
Word of caution
Animal tourism in Thailand engages in animal cruelty with many tours promoting elephant trekking. If there is one you should know, it is the animal mistreatment that prevails in these establishments. Many tourists flock to the Tiger Temple in Chiang Mai just to get a selfie with a tiger.
Things to see and do in Thailand
Visit the Grand Palace and Wat Pho
Thailand’s royal palace was built at the end of the eighteenth century by King Rama I and is the official living space of the current monarch. It is a striking place filled with many temples, including Wat Pra Kaeo, which houses the 15th-century emerald, Buddha. Nearby Wat Pho is famous for two things: a larger than life gold reclining Buddha statue and a very relaxing massage school.
Relax in Pai
Pai has become a tourist destination in recent years, but it’s still a great place to escape the madness of your big cities. It is a real backpacker town, located in the north of Thailand. It is nestled in green mountains and surrounded by waterfalls and incredible hiking trails.
If you looking for where to stay, be sure to take a day trip to Tham Lot Caves, where you can stop to swim in waterfalls and hot springs on your way.
Stay on the outskirts of town in a charming little bungalow, rent a bicycle, cross the hills and swim in the cool waterfalls.
Go to Phuket
This island is the largest tourist destination in Thailand. You’ll find wonderful beaches and nice activities to partake in on this island. Phuket attracts a lot of tourists, and if you want to enjoy the area, you should meet a qualified tour guide.
Weather seasons in Thailand
When you are traveling to Thailand, remember that there are three seasons: winter, summer, and the rainy season. The rainy season extends from May to November in most regions, which means that trips to Thailand during this period will have rainy days. In the South, however, monsoon rains fall from April to October along the coast of the Andaman Sea and from September to December along the coast of the Gulf of Thailand.