Before travelling to Thailand you should check if you need vaccination, visa, to be careful with some zones, important phone numbers, etc. Maybe your country has a website with that information, it is usually the website of your country’s embassy in Thailand. Also, you can check this link The Base Trip where you’ll find most of the information I’ve mentioned.
Other important thing to know about is the monsoon season and which areas are best to visit depending of the weather. Thailand is a large country and every coast has his own climate. In Thailand: Weather & when to go – SelectiveAsia it’s explained when and which areas are more appropriate to go depending on weather/month. Besides, you may keep the celebrations of Thailand (or in the previous link) in mind to plan the trip.
A big question is the transport, How do I arrive to that place and how much is it? You don’t worry, get moving in Thailand is easy. I advise you to check next web pages about transportation in Thailand:
Information, Transport in Thailand – You choose the destination at the end of the page (on ‘Highlights’) and then you click on the icon ‘Travel’.
Official Website of Tourism in Thailand – Destination – You choose destination and read ‘How to go’.
For this trip it could be very useful that you install an offline maps’ mobile application. There are many of them, for example these: MAPS.ME, OsmAnd, CityMaps2Go. All are free and you can download the map of Thailand and add spots on it. Also, you can import your own gpx or kml file. Obviously, you should have internet connection to download the maps 😜.
Finally, the language. This country is very used to tourism. In hotels, restaurants and transport stations people have a basic level of english at least. However, if you go to a not touristic place better make a note with the address and name of that place in case you need to ask someone.
Things to do in Thailand
Thailand, a country with incredible temples, white sand beaches, lush forests, people always smiling and a gastronomy which won’t leave you indifferent. As you can see, there are many things to enjoy the country.
I suggest you to visit, not only essential spots like the most of tourist places, but also special and unique locations. To find locations like those I recommend you a good guide, for example: Thailand Travel Guide – Lonely Planet.
Besides of the temples and the cities that can be visited, an interesting activity is to explore some national parks. In the next links you can book accommodations and find out what to do in each park:
National Parks of Thailand – Booking and Information
National Parks of Thailand – Information
Another very important thing is doing responsible tourism. In these web links The dark side of animal tourism in Thailand – Telegraph and Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand you can read about bad practices of the tourism with animals. You should know which activities or shows you must avoid. There are also some sanctuaries of elephants in Thailand where you can have fun and they won’t disappoint you.
If you like cooking I have one more activity for you: thai cooking classes. You can see several options in Tripadvisor – thai cooking classes.
🔗 Other interesting links to plan your tailored trip to Thailand are:
Nation News – Thailand News
Tripadvisor – Tourism in Thailand
Travelfish – Thailand
Airports in Thailand
Air Asia – Aerolínea
Maps Tourist Asia – SEAcitymaps
Maps 1 Maps 2 Maps 3
My Route – two weeks in Thailand
From March 18th to April 3rd 2016, if I remove the flights we had 14 useful days. The sunrise and the nightfall were at 6.30 AM/PM. We visited these places:
- Bangkok – Mae Klong and Amphawa markets – Ayutthaya.
- Koh Samui – Snorkel in Koh Tao.
- Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park.
- Khao Sok National Park: Cheow Lan Lake and Phang Nga Elephant Park.
You can see the complete itinerary in the post: Itinerary 2 weeks in Thailand.
My itinerary on Google Maps (accommodations, restaurants, cities, transports between cities):
These were the places which I chose for my adventure of almost 14 days. You can see each part of my itinerary with more details in next posts I will publish soon. I missed a visit to the north area of Thailand, essential places like Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai are pending for us. If you can, visit them!
Do you know any website which has helped you to prepare your trip? You can share here and I will add it to the list! 😉