Thailand is one of the famous destinations of tourists. It is the beautiful country with many amazing tourist attractions. Have you planned to visit Thailand or are you planning to visit Thailand, check out these things you should know before you travel to the wonderful country. Knowing a few simple tips and facts about the country will make your trip memorable and most enjoyable.
Here’s everything you need to know before traveling to Thailand!
Best time to visit –Although, you can visit Thailand all year around, but still you may consider different seasons of the country before you plan your visit. Thailand experiences during the cool and dry season between November and early March. Thailand has a tropical climate. May and June are the hottest months, you should avoid these months. The country experiences a rainy season in the months of July to October. The most pleasant time of the year is from November until March, which can be considered as the best time to visit Thailand.
Public Transportation – Getting around Thailand is not tough. The city has got amazing types of transportation for locals and tourists. Tuk Tuks are the famous 3-wheeled vehicles that are used for short distances. You can easily find one, but do remember to bargain the fare as nothing is fixed. Songthaews are one of the common modes of transport used by locals and tourists for traveling. Songthaews usually have fixed route and fixed fare. These are sort of midsized tram which carries a good number of people who intend to go in the same direction. You can just wave a hand to stop them onthe road, get into it, press the buzzer where you want to deboard and pay the fare. Other means of transport include metered taxis, bus, and Bangkok BTS Skytrain.
Currency – It is good to know the currency of the country you are planning to visit. This helps you in making all financial arrangements hassle free. Thai Baht is the official currency of the country. You can easily withdraw money through ATM machines available in Thailand, but they convert the local currency into the currency of your card, which is more than conversion rate. Therefore, it is advisable to exchange currency before you travel and carry a good amount of money with you.
Language – You may find trouble while communicating, as very few people know English in Thailand. Most of them speak their official language, Thai. Make sure that you learn some commonly used Thai phrases to make your communication with Thai people easier. This will help you while taking cabs or public transport at night while returning to your hotel after enjoying nightlife.
Nightlife – Thailand is world famous for its night life. As the sun goes down Thailand transform into one of the liveliest country of the world. The place has glamorous massage parlors which operate all night, amazing cafes, bars and restaurants, and nightclubs. Thailand is also famous for its night markets. One can enjoy shopping whole night in Thailand, and if you are tired of shopping then there are massage parlors to help you.
What to Wear – Thailand is a tropical country and the weather here is humid most of the year. Cotton breathable cloths and light fabric are best to carry for Thailand trip. It will keep you cool and comfortable in Thailand. Pack pair of your favorite shorts, tees, dresses, scarves, swimwear and light jacket. Choose covered clothes to wear while visiting the cultural temples. You may consider wearing short and stylish dresses on beaches or for casual dinners. Apart from clothing, take comfortable, water resistant shoes or sneakers along with you as you may need to walk in the city. Considering climate of Thailand, do not pack, slippery footwear, it will be tough to walk, if it rains.
Things to Pack – Apart from clothing and footwear, some other things that you will need for your trip to Thailand. The list of these essential items include sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, water bottle, mosquito repellent, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, deodorant, makeup, first aid kit and electronics items such as power bank, headphones, kindle, camera, chargers, selfie stick and universal adaptor.
Respect the King and the Royal Family – As soon as you arrive in Thailand, you will see photos of the King everywhere, whether its hotels, shops, markets, classrooms, homes and so on. There is a king rule in the country. It is against the law to harm or make fun of them. Do not say anything negative about the family. The national anthem is played every day from 8 AM to 6 PM to honor the country and king. Everybody stands still for its duration. Same is expected from tourists too.