Thailand was once known to be the ultimate Asian destination for backpackers and travelers on budget, but certainly things have changed. Today, it is home to some of the most amazing resorts, and there’s something for everyone. In this post, we bring the best travel tips for the first-time traveler.
- Go slow. Thailand is a big country as far as tourist destinations are concerned, and we recommend that you include what you can. Start with Bangkok obviously, and you can move to the north or can travel to south. Chiang Mai and Kanchanaburi are places to include if you have more than 10 days.
- Thailand is known for its temples, and if you start visiting each one you come across, you will get bored in no time. If in Bangkok, please make time for two major temples – Wat Phra Kaeo and Wat Pho. Please note that people here are extremely sentimental about their religious practices, so wear modest clothes for places of such interest.
- Enjoy the street food. Street food in Thailand can be very different from what you have tried in other parts of Asia. Nevertheless, trying some of the local items is an absolute must. Buy food from crowded places, because things sell fast and you won’t find stale items on sale. Always drink bottled water.
- Enjoy at a resort. When in Thailand, you must indulge yourself in a good massage. There are many luxury boutique hotels in Thailand, and you can get the bookings done online, which is the best way to find a room of your choice.
- Shop and shop until you drop. Thailand is a great place for shoppers, and you will find almost everything on sale, right from branded stuff to counterfeit products. Do note that the prices are usually very high, so be ready to bargain. Just quote something that’s close to 60% or 50% of the asked price – yes, that’s the margin you can expect. In Bangkok, Chatuchak Weekend Market is a good choice.
If you are not a teetotaler, do try the local beer. Singha is the local one worth finding almost in every place. Please note that wines are expensive here. Contrary to what people believe, Thailand isn’t just about the big cities. Try and check for the smaller destinations, and yes, make time for Yoga if you have a free week with little else to do.