How To Get the Most Out Of Your Thailand Travel Adventure

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Known for its hospitality, pristine beaches, rich culture, fascinating temples, and mouthwatering cuisine, Thailand is one of Southeast Asia’s most precious jewels. Whether you’re staying for a month or a week, Thailand is guaranteed to capture your heart and enrich your soul. To help you make the most out of your trip to the Land of Smiles, we’ve compiled a list of our best tips and recommendations. 

So, without further delay, here’s what you should know before you embark on your Thai Adventure.

Check the weather

The rainy season in Thailand typically takes place from July to October but sometimes the months leading up to the monsoon season, from May to June, can also see some extra rain. If you’re planning a long trip where you’ll be exploring the whole country from north to south, we recommend traveling between the months of December and February when the skies are clear and the weather is nicer. However, if you’re planning for a short trip and want to reduce your travel costs as much as possible, you can visit in October. You might still get some afternoon showers, but October is also generally a good time to visit. Plus, the less-than-perfect weather means you’ll easily find excellent deals on flights, accommodation, and activities.

Consider different accommodation options

Where you stay in Thailand would depend on the kind of trip you’re embarking on as well as how big your budget is. From hotels and guesthouses to hostels and resorts, Thailand has plenty of accommodation options to choose from, however, many travelers have a hard time finding an affordable place to stay in Bangkok. Being the most populous city in Thailand, Bangkok is usually packed with tourists, especially during the high seasons. This makes deciding where to stay in Bangkok all the more difficult. Luckily, the city is packed with plenty of hostels that will not only make your stay a little more affordable but can also help you plan the perfect Bangkok itinerary to guide you through the essential sites including the best clubs, temples, shopping venues, and street food. Before you book your accommodation, be sure to read customer reviews and compare prices online to make sure you end up with the best deal possible.

Wander through Bangkok’s temples

You can’t go to Bangkok and not visit at least some of its temples. Among the most prominent sites there are the palatial grounds. The vast complex is home to magnificently embellish throne halls, tremendous royal residences, and breathtaking Buddhist temples. It’s generally a good idea to visit the Grand Palace early in the morning when there are fewer people there as it can get pretty crammed later in the day. You also can’t miss Wat Pho, commonly known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. It’s right around the corner from the Grand Palace which means that you can easily fit it in your tour. The grand temple features beautiful, intricate detailing and houses a marvelous 46-meter long, gold-plated, reclining Buddha statue. Next, you can hop on a ferry to the other side where you can marvel at Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn. Wat Arun is the tallest temple in Bangkok and although it’ll likely be packed with tourists , no matter what time you go, the mind-blowing view of the city is definitely worth hustling through the crowds. Be sure to dress appropriately for the temples because, despite their royal appearance, they’re still houses of worship that adhere to a strict dress code. This doesn’t mean that you have to wear heavy clothes; a lightweight pair of pants and a top that covers your shoulders will do.

Delight your senses with Thai cuisine

Thai food is one of the most popular foreign cuisines around the world and for good reason. Known for being delicious, healthy, and cheap, Thai food is quite varied; you’re guaranteed to find mouthwatering dishes with distinct flavors anywhere you go. However, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that Thais like their food spicy, too spicy at times, which is why learning the phrases “mai phet” (not spicy) and “phet nit nawy’” (a little bit spicy) can come in handy. Some of the dishes you wouldn’t want to miss while in Thailand include som tom (spicy green papaya salad), gaeng keow wan kai (green chicken curry), khao soi (creamy coconut curry noodle soup), pad phuk tong (stir-fried pumpkin), and pad Thai which is a classic fried noodle dish.

Feed the gentle giants at the Elephant Nature Park

A couple of years ago, riding an elephant was on every traveler’s bucket list. But since then, multiple reports have come out describing how cruelly these animals were treated which is why we strongly advise you to avoid riding an elephant at all costs. The good news is, there are numerous elephant sanctuaries like the Elephant Nature Park near Chiang Mai that rescue these animals from tourist camps, giving them a chance to lead a natural life. By visiting one of these humane sanctuaries, you can see the gentle giants up close while contributing to the conservation and well being of these beautiful creatures.

Go scuba diving in Koh Tao

If you have a lifelong dream of becoming a certified scuba diver, head to Koh Tao where you’ll find the largest concentration of scuba diving schools across Asia. Due to the high competition, the scuba diving lessons there come at unbeatable prices. Moreover, on account of being the furthest from shore in this island group, Koh Tao has pretty laid-back, relaxing vibes where you can enjoy some delicious cocktails by the beach during the day and watch the enchanting fireworks at night.

As you can see, Thailand has a lot to offer. Whether you’re craving a thrilling adventure, exciting nightlife, or just a relaxing beach vacation, you can find it there. Getting to see all the noteworthy sites will depend on how long you’re staying and how deep into the country you’re willing to explore. However, the islands in Thailand are all in close proximity which means that, even if you’re staying for a short while, you can still get to enjoy Thailand’s diversity that combines the perfect mix of endless adventures, exotic cuisines, and rich culture. What more could you ask for?

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