Preparing for a Trip to Thailand

Stephan Popescu October 4, 2012 24
Preparing for a Trip to Thailand

Ask any adventure virtuoso, backpacker or avid traveler to list some of their most exciting adventures and odds are that you’ll have more than a few of them whose trips will have had stops in Thailand. From the vibrant streets of Bangkok, to the cultural riches of Chiang Mai and the natural beauty that engulfs Thailand’s national parks and beaches, Thailand is a dream destination for anyone looking to get off the beaten path. But before you charge your trusty camera or dust off that backpack that’s been hiding in your closet, here are five tips to follow to make sure that your experience in Thailand is one for the ages.

Travel Light

Over-packing for a trip is never a good thing, but that especially holds true when visiting Thailand. Odds are that when you’re visiting Thailand you’re going to be very HOT. You’re not bundling up for an Arctic adventure and with laundry services available on the cheap, the last thing you want to do is carry a heavy backpack in the sweltering heat. Plus, you want to save room in that backpack for all of the clothes you’ll be buying in Bangkok and trust me, you’ll be buying a lot. It doesn’t matter whether you’re visiting the Chatuchak or Khao San markets, or stopping by the Suan Lum Bazaar in the evening, because you will definitely end up haggling your way to a new wardrobe.

Toiletries

Bringing a set of toiletries is a must no matter where you go, but you’ll find that adding a few extra things to go along with your shampoo and toothbrush will make your trip to Thailand that much more enjoyable. To start off, make sure you bring a lot of napkins/tissues and some hand sanitizer to boot. And when I say a lot, I mean A LOT! You’ll find that not only do most restaurants in Thailand not have napkins at their disposal; neither do any of the toilets/stalls you’ll be using. While food in Thailand is absolutely delicious, your stomach may not always agree. That’s why packing some multivitamins and anti-diarrhea tablets is always a good idea. Finally don’t forget to bring insect repellent. If you don’t, you might become every mosquito’s new favourite dish.

Drink Bottled Water/Try the Street Food

No matter how hard you try to fight it, the heat in Thailand will beat you. But before you try and find a local fountain to quench your thirst, remember that water in Thailand is not the as safe as the water back home. Do yourself a favour and make sure you always buy a bottle of water instead. It may cost you a little more but it will be worth it. Of course the street food in Thailand (and Bangkok especially) is another story. In fact your best meals are likely to come from your local street vendor so make sure to stop by or you’ll end up having missed out on some of the best meals you’ll ever have.

Know your culture

Every place you visit will have a different set of customs and this is especially true when visiting Thailand. Before you leave, make sure to check up on some of the most important Thai customs as the last thing you want to do is to offend the locals! Making sure you smile, not pointing at anyone’s feet and dressing appropriately may seem inconsequential but winning over the locals is sure to bring you some inside knowledge to make your trip that much more memorable. And whatever you do, please remember to NEVER mock the Royal Family!

Come prepared!

Finally, when traveling to Thailand, it’s important to always come prepared. If you’re planning on figuring things out when you arrive in Bangkok then you’re going to be in for a rude awakening. Make sure you’ve purchased maps of your destinations beforehand, made a photocopy of your passport and figured out a general template of what you want to do beforehand. Thailand can be very fast-paced and exciting, but if you’re not prepared you can easily get left behind.

Now that you know what you need to do to conquer Thailand, you’re one step closer to having the experience of a lifetime! Thailand is one of the most exhilarating and thrilling places in the world and whether you’re there for a week, a month or a year, Thailand will be an experience that will last a lifetime.

24 Comments »

  1. Paul Peterson October 4, 2012 at 11:33 am - Reply

    It has been 40 yrs since I lived in Thailand but I believe the culture rule w/ feet is ‘don’t point your feet at anyone’, most importantly, their head. Also, never touch another persons head. Thailand is wonderful! Enjoy!

  2. Jeane October 6, 2012 at 1:51 am - Reply

    Very nice post, I love reading this post, this is full of information and tips to get to prepare to visit Thailand, the land of Bangkok. Thank you for these tips. These are very useful.

  3. nick October 6, 2012 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    You say pack light but bring toiletries. You can vuy all that stuff there and for dirt cheap too. You can find OFF bug repellent in Tesco-Lotus or Big C department stores. Also Imodium is sold at Boots drug store 6 pills for 25 baht. Also If you need extra tissue just grab a roll from the hotel.

  4. Laurie October 10, 2012 at 12:01 am - Reply

    Great story with some really good information for travellers to Thailand. Learn a few basic words will help also. hello/goodby etc GREAT POST

  5. coral January 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    I’m booked to go to Thailand in March for the first time and reading this has got me really excited, can’t wait to experience it.

  6. Sirish January 23, 2013 at 11:53 am - Reply

    This is a very useful information. Planning for the next month anyways.

  7. Marie June 21, 2013 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Looks like Paul beat me to it, but yes, the cultural rule is “don’t point your feet at anyone”. Also don’t use your feet to close doors, or pick up things. Feet are lowly. :)

    I was in Thailand twice, in 1995 and 1997, and hoping to go back next year!

  8. Jesse June 22, 2013 at 9:15 am - Reply

    I LOVED Thailand! GAdventures delivers & our guide Prasit was SUPER! One trip was not enough, I can’t wait to go back.

  9. Pengobatan Hepatitis June 28, 2013 at 2:44 am - Reply

    Awesome.. ^^

  10. Loren July 1, 2013 at 7:40 am - Reply

    Thailand is astonishing place to visit. Everything is soo beautiful. I have been there twice for my work but enjoyed alot in my free time and I love these places krabi area, koh phangan, pai/soppong, kanchanaburi, bangkok.
    Thanks

  11. Obat ISPA Untuk Anak July 1, 2013 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    great post…

  12. Ryan July 8, 2013 at 1:02 am - Reply

    Nice blog post.. if anyone is looking for more info about Thailand, head over to my blog. I’ve lived in Thailand for 4 years and would be happy to share my knowledge… This post on Dos and Don’ts might be useful: http://bit.ly/182Yunu

    Thanks

  13. Scott H July 22, 2013 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    I’m going probably in January! Thanks so much for the information

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  15. Ivo September 8, 2013 at 5:35 am - Reply

    Nice suggestions, thanks

  16. Jessica Kourtis October 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    I am going to Thailand next week and am very unsure of the appropriate way to dress. I know how hot it will be so I have tank tops/shorts but I was told that this is frowned upon? Is this true or does this only apply to visiting temples, etc?
    PS: BEYOND EXCITED!!! :)

  17. Colleen Setchell November 26, 2013 at 4:03 am - Reply

    There are some great tips here :-)

  18. xylem March 24, 2014 at 3:12 am - Reply

    Absolutely breathtaking! I’d love to go there soon. =D

  19. Andy April 15, 2014 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Good tips for safe travel))

  20. Dussel_Brad! May 31, 2014 at 2:39 am - Reply

    Oh I have visited this place! Thailand is a beautiful place and a synonym of peace for me. I had a little knowledge about the cultural richness and vibrant spirit of the country before I visited but would say that it is certainty a place to be. Glad I came across this post, If feels really good after reading something of similar thought. It is nostalgic :)

  21. Eloise Damien June 5, 2014 at 5:02 am - Reply

    Hi Stephan, do you have a breakdown of all the travelling cost you had when you were in Thailand?

    • Stephan June 5, 2014 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      Hey Eloise, it really depends on where you’re going, how long you’re staying for, if you’re backpacking or not, etc…

      Assuming you’re backpacking, I would probably say to budget around $40-$50 dollars a day (not including flights there of course). Some people may say this is a bit high as Thailand is cheap, but I usually prefer to be safe and budget just a bit more in case!

  22. Eagle August 5, 2014 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    I’m looking to stay in the chiang mai area long tern any advice

  23. Eagle August 5, 2014 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Hey Eloise you can stay in chiang mai hotels for as little as $16 US night clean room hot warn shower, eating $1.50 per meal and a doller will get you all the way a X town

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