The kingdom of Thailand has long been known for its beauty, warmth, and very friendly inhabitants. The population of Thailand has been welcoming tourists from around the world for many decades and is the most advanced country in South East Asia. From the blue waters of its coastal resort cities south of its capital of Bangkok to the mountainous northern regions, Thailand has a wealth of places to entice the traveler. The experiences a person can have are very diverse, and depending on your preferences, there is something for everyone visiting Thailand. If you are traveling for adventure, fun, romance or cultural experiences, this is the destination for you.
In Thailand, the time does not change due to winter and summer and is, therefore, the same all year around.
The currency in Thailand is known as Baht, and generally, the exchange rate for a tourist is generous. Combined with that, the cost of accommodation and the price of food makes it a very cheap option for travelers. Check out the current currency rate here.
Unlike some of its close neighbors, there is never a problem with access to your funds as ATM’s are on nearly every corner and money exchangers abundant. Western Union and other money transfer companies are as prolific as any western society.
All hotels, guesthouses and most businesses accept Visa, MasterCard, and Amex but it is always best to check before offering a card to pay a bill. You should still have some Baht on you in case that you are not allowed to pay by card.
In general, Thailand is very cheap like its Asian neighbor countries. Big cities like Bangkok and the rest of the South is more expensive than Northern Thailand when it comes to accommodation and food. But Thailand is, in general, more expensive than the surrounding countries like Laos and Vietnam, which is often even more pricey during the good travel months of November to March.
Also, the islands are considered to be much more expensive than the mainland. But it is worth spending the money. Expenses on food are relative love, but accommodation is often found to take up much of your budget when traveling here.
In the big cities the most formal system is metered taxis, but outside the city, fares are set in advance or require negotiation. In Thailand, you can use Grab, Thai Taxi or Easy Taxi as an alternative in the bigger cities, as they are cheap and easy to order by using an app.
Another way to get around is by a tuk-tuk, which is a three-wheeled pedicab that is typically found in small towns where the traffic is light and old-fashioned. You should bargain about the price before departure as tourists are often overcharged.
In many cities in Thailand, the motorcycle taxis can be hired for short distances. You will find them near street intersections, and they usually wear numbered jerseys. You will need to establish the price beforehand.
Thailand has a 220volt system and is generally very stable in the capital and main centers. The power outlets are most often features as a two-prong round or flat sockets, which is most known as the European style. It is, however, prudent to pack an adaptor as in some outlying areas only two-pronged outlets may be available. Adaptors are relatively cheap and available in most electrical retailers
Excellent. Thailand is serviced by some of the cleanest, most up to date hospitals and clinics in the world. Treatment is cheap and so good that foreigners can mix a pleasurable holiday with a medical treatment they require, at a much lower price than in their homeland. Their services are so good that travelers are often medivaced to Bangkok from neighboring countries.
Celebrating the Chinese new year is a festive and fun period to visit Thailand. In Bangkok you will see that people are dressed in red, partying in the streets and celebrating this occasion. The date shifts every year but always fall in mid-January to start February.
The biggest festival and celebration is the Thai new year called Songkran Water Festival, which is from 13-15 of April. The three-day festival where the first day is marked with people engaging in massive water fights in the streets. Bring a water pistol and have fun!
In late June to July, a three day Ghost festival is celebrated in Dan Sai on the border of Laos, to bring attention to the spirits of the dead. The festival is called Phi Ta Khon. It is a three-day celebration, where you will find fireworks, games, and parades where people are dressed up as dancing spirits.
The most beautiful celebration is the Loy Krathong (lantern festival) that is celebrated in November. It takes place the night of the 12th full moon every year, where people traditionally release decorated lanterns on the water and glowing paper lanterns into the sky at night.