Thailand Travel Tips

Thailand which is known for its beaches, beauty, jungles and food, is of the main travel destination in South East Asia. With its lush jungles, famed beaches, world-class diving, amazing food, and cheap prices, Thailand interests visitors from all walks of life. In Thailand, you can find cheap guesthouses and resorts that charge $10,000 a night in this country – sometimes even next to each other. Overall, Thailand speaks for itself.

Destination Guide for Thailand

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a culturally rich city in the northern part of Thailand, which is full of culture, friendly people, beautiful landscapes, and amazing ruins. It is located in the mountain area and is considered as the main hub for activities for most travelers who visit this part of the country. In a country known for its food, Chiang Mai is in a league of its own.

Top Things to See and Do in Chiang Mai


  • Tour all the temples - Wat Chiang Man, Wat Phra Singh, Wat Suan Dok, Wat Chedi Luang, and Wat Jet Yot.
  • Bargain at the night bazaar
  • Take a cooking class
  • Go jungle trekking
  • Visit the Elephant Nature Park
  • Go zip lining
  • Eat a kantoke dinner
  • Cruise down the river
  • Chat with monks
  • Celebrate the Yi Peng Festival
  • Go whitewater rafting
  • Shop at Warorot Market
  • Eat, eat, eat!

Bangkok

Bangkok is known around the world for its chaotic, crowded streets, cheap prices, wild nightlife, and traffic. Many travelers come here and either love or hate it. I used to hate it because of its pollution, noise, and crowds, but when I got to know it more, I changed my mind and even lived here for a while. Underneath the surface, Bangkok has a lot to offer travelers. It’s a city that slowly reveals its secrets and if you spend a little extra time here, you’ll find that this seemingly ugly city has a lot of beauty.

Top Things to See and Do in Bangkok


  • Visit the Grand Palace and Wat Po
  • Explore Lumpini Park
  • The Royal Elephant Museum
  • Visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market
  • Temple hop

Ko Phangan

It is located in the Gulf of Thailand and is one of the premier destination in Southeast Asia. Travelers started discovering this island in the 1980’s, and due to the fame of the Full Moon Parties, it has been popular ever since. There are a lots of beautiful beaches, where in you can party hard and enjoy your trip to this beautiful destination. You can even head to the northern or eastern beaches on the island. They tend to be a lot more low-key and relaxed.

Top Things to See and Do on Ko Phangan


  • Swim in a natural mountain pool
  • Go snorkeling
  • Lay in the sun
  • Do yoga
  • Enjoy the famous Full Moon Party
  • Rent a kayak
  • Watch (or learn) some Muay Thai
  • Learn to cook
  • Tour the temples
  • Visit the waterfalls
  • Learn to dive

Phuket

Phuket is one of the most visited destination in Thailand. This is where you see a beautiful beaches, tiny towns and authentic Thailand. This is the place to find great beaches and amazing water activities that sets it apart from other destination in Thailand. As Phuket draws a lot of tourists, the best way to enjoy your stay is to get out of the main spots.

Top Things to See and Do on Phuket


  • Cruise around Phang Nga Bay
  • Visit the temples
  • Skip Patong
  • Watch some Muay Thai
  • Head to Khao Phra Thaeo
  • Get your beach time on Hat Karon
  • Stop at the Thalang National Museum
  • Enjoy the viewpoints
  • Rent a bike
  • Explore Sirinat National Park
  • Make a trip to the Similian Islands

Ko Lipe

Ko Lipe is located on the southern part of Thailand and is known for its picturesque beaches, friendly locals and amazing seafood. The beaches are beautiful, the water is warm and the island is cheap. A lot of development has happened in the past few years and is now not know as the little sleepy island. However, it’s still way less developed than many other destinations in Thailand, making it still one of the best in the country.

Top Things to See and Do on Ko Lipe


  • Visit the National Park
  • Go hiking
  • Hit the bars
  • Relax on the beach
  • Go on the Ko Adang Excursion
  • Go diving & snorkeling
  • Get a massage
  • Take a Batik course
  • Eat your heart out
  • Check out the buddhist temple
  • Go kayaking
  • Spend time fishing
  • Go sailing

Ko Phi Phi

Ko Phi Phi is one of the most popular tourist islands in Thailand. From the famous Maya Bay Beach to the Monkey Beach to the diving and nightlife, there are reasons people assemble here. Destroyed by the tsunami in 2004, the island has been rebuilt and developed to an even greater extent than before.

Top Things to See and Do on Ko Phi Phi


  • Enjoy the nightlife
  • Dive the King Cruiser Wreck
  • Feed the sharks
  • Snorkel in Maya Bay
  • Hike to Phi Phi Viewpoint
  • Dive at Hin Muang
  • Hang out on Monkey Beach
  • Visit Bamboo Island
  • Go deep sea fishing
  • Go rock climbing
  • Watch the sunset by kayak

Typical Costs

Hotel Accommodation

Staying in Thailand is easily affordable, wherein you can find hotel or guesthouse as per one’s budget and requirements.

Food

In Thailand, once can easily get good food at cheaper price as compare to other South East Asia countries.

Local Transport

Transportation services are also affordable in Thailand and one can choose any as per their budget. For example, Local buses, Metro, Skytrain, taxi or Tuk-tuks.

Money Saving Tips

Go local

The easiest way to save money in Thailand is to simply live like a local. Take local buses, eat street food, and drink local beer.

Eat street food

Speaking of street food, don’t be afraid to eat it. It’s safe — sometimes it’s even safer than restaurant food.

Take advantage of happy hour

Thailand’s many happy hours have half-priced drinks and 2-for-1 specials.

When is the best time to visit Thailand?

Thailand is a place which you can visit anytime of the year, but the perfect time to visit any place in Thailand would be during November and early April.

In the south, the climate differs between the eastern and western coasts. The West Coast is more favourable during winter months and diving & snorkeling here will be at its best during this period. Whereas, the weather on the East Coast is good for most of the year, with the lowest rainfall in January and February and the highest in November.

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