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Are you a first-time visitor to Southeast Asia? If you’re like most tourists, your first trip will most likely be to Thailand. Thailand is Southeast Asia’s travel hub. Most travelers to the area fly into Bangkok and use it as their home base while backpacking across Southeast Asia.

Thailand, as amazing as each of the subcontinent’s top destinations is in its own right, offers a little taste of the region’s most compelling features, from pristine white-sand beaches to bustling cities and towns overflowing with cultural attractions to hiking trails meandering through tropical forest and rice paddies.

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Traveling To Thailand: Quick Views

Currency: Thai Baht (THB) (current exchange rate)

Electricity: 220V/50Hz (North American plug and two-prong round)

Primary Airports: Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), Chiang Mai (CNX), Phuket (HKT)

Water: is not safe. Water supplied in jugs at restaurants, on the other hand, is always filtered.

If you can’t drink bottled water, try a SteriPen or LifeStraw, especially in remote locations.

Internet: The internet in Thailand is quite dependable. It’s hardly the fastest in the world, but it gets the job done, and most cities can guarantee a high level of uptime. If your hotel’s internet doesn’t function, there are at least a dozen cafés in the city offering fast internet and decent coffee.

Visas: U.S., UK, and EU passport holders are usually granted a free 30-day tourist visa if they come by air, and a 15-day tourist visa if they enter by land. Check here to see whether you need a visa. And I’ll show you how many people use double-entry and student visas to remain longer.

Festivals of Note: The late-fall Loy Krathong festival in Chiang Mai is spectacular. Chiang Mai’s Bo Sang Umbrella Festival (January). The Chiang Mai Flower Festival is an annual event held in Chiang Mai, Thailand (February). Songkran Water Festival (April), Hua Hin Jazz Festival (June), Phuket Vegetarian Festival (September/October), and Bangkok Vegetarian Festival (September/October).

Safety: Southeast Asia is a relatively secure area of the world in general. It’s one of the first destinations I suggest to solitary travelers and newcomers. Thailand has the most established tourist network in the area and is often used as the starting point for Southeast Asian backpacking journeys. If you’re not careful, opportunistic crimes like stealing and pickpocketing may occur, but a violent crime against visitors is uncommon. There are also scammers (see the section on “potential concerns”). The most serious hazard here is traffic accidents, not a crime.On the road, anything may happen. I strongly recommend World Nomads travel insurance; for a comprehensive evaluation, see my top suggestions for choosing decent travel insurance.

Local SIM: It’s simple to get service for your phone, and it’s also inexpensive. This SIM card tutorial will show you how to obtain one, how to top it up, and how the entire process works.

Food Considerations: Thailand offers a diverse range of culinary experiences for visitors of all types. With only a few terms under your belt, you can discover vegetarian meals rather quickly. If you’re a meat enthusiast, Mark’s website is your best bet for finding the greatest places to dine in Thailand. Also, if you intend on consuming street food, be sure you follow these food safety guidelines. Additional vegetarian restaurant choices may be found in the city guides.

Accommodation: While the links in the city guides below take you to a hotel booking site, many of them are also available on Hoste if you want to save money. When it comes to booking hotels in Southeast Asia, Agoda is by far the finest option. While they provide lodging all around the globe, their coverage and ratings in Southeast Asia are the finest. Although I prefer Agoda for most of my reservations, Booking.com is a good backup for selections and reviews, and it offers an extra incentive if you join up via our web: a discount on your first booking. Check out my complete guide on choosing decent places to stay if you need more assistance deciding where to stay each night.

Transportation: Thailand’s transportation infrastructure is well-developed. You can be confident that if you want to go there, you’ll be able to do so via public transportation. There is a railway system (which is the slowest but cheapest mode of transportation) as well as a vast network of long-distance buses that reach every part of the country.

Buses, taxis, songthaews (shared public truck-taxis), and tuk-tuks are also available inside the cities. Traffic accidents, on the other hand, are a big issue with a high death rate. Be cautious, especially if you are renting a motorcycle and are unfamiliar with the local traffic rules. Uber is a service that operates in major cities (although it comes and goes as local officials crackdown on it).  I have a website devoted to transportation in Thailand, which includes information on how to get about the country’s main towns and landmarks, as well as onward travel to other parts of Southeast Asia.

Budget: Once on the ground (i.e., excluding flights), backpackers seem to spend about USD 30 per day, whether as single or pair travelers. Every day is different. The north is cheaper than the Thai islands, but if you wish to go about it, the very minimum budget is roughly $30. That is if you genuinely want to live like a traveler. On an average of $40-50 a day, you can get a lot of bang for your money. This implies a fancier hotel (perhaps with air conditioning) and, most importantly, if you intend to eat more than street food every day. If you’re considering relocating to Thailand, here’s a breakdown of the cost of living.

Inspiration for Pre-Trip Reading: Thailand-Related Books

Thailand Fiction and Nonfiction Books:

Mai Pen Rai Means Never Mind: This is a lighthearted and light narrative of a 60s housewife who relocated to Thailand and observed the people and culture before tourism developed. Her wisdom has stood the test of time and is a joy to read.

Sightseeing: Thailand is a place caught between two worlds: the one that visitors see and the one that is grappling with economic and social challenges. This book examines all perspectives in a scholarly and engaging manner. The short narrative style is great for carrying with you and reading while traveling.

Bangkok 8: A Royal Thai Detective Novel (Bangkok 8: A Royal Thai Detective Novel):

Many people like this fiction novel because it’s a quick-paced whodunit that reveals a lot about Bangkok’s sordid underbelly. If you prefer nonfiction, Thailand Confidential is equally fast-paced and examines a comparable element of Thai society.

Online Reading and Podcasts:

Traveling the Durian Trail:: This stinky fruit is famous across Southeast Asia and has a cult following among visitors. The flavor is strong, and you should read it. And you should try to get a taste of it while you’re in Thailand.

The Worst Party in Asia:: The Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan is well-known folklore among the Thai islands. This location is the start of a party scene that spans SEA for many travelers, yet there is a darker aspect to it. Please read this item before proceeding.

Trafficked into Slavery on Thai Trawlers to Catch Food for Prawns: The connection between Thailand and Burma (Myanmar) is difficult, and this essay touches not just on that, but also on a side of the global fishing industry’s influence on Thailand that is barely under the surface.

Foreign Fighter and Fighting + Otherwise: Two excellent insights into the Muay Thai boxing scene, as well as the hows and whys of so many foreigners taking up the sport.

The Last Days of an Ancient Sword:: A lovely piece that examines the traditional processes of smithing the Dha, an ancient sword.

King of the Dump: The NGO landscape in Thailand is vast, but also convoluted, according to King of the Dump. This is an interesting read on a tiny region and the challenges and gray areas that accompany supporting communities.

Thailand News: Jodi from Legal Nomads has prepared a fantastic Twitter list that aggregates the most recent important information on Thailand’s news and activities.

Recommended Guidebook: Thailand National Geographic Traveler. This is the finest resource for mapping out your route and itinerary. I often use the Lonely Planetfor transportation details, but the NatGeo book has a fantastic emphasis on Thailand’s culture and activities that can help you plan a delightful vacation. I also have a whole website on Thailand transportation if you want to familiarize yourself with your choices.

Riding Elephant In Thailand
Riding Elephant in Thailand
Food For Sale At A Street Food Market In Chiang Mai During Chinese New Year Festivities.
Food for sale at a street food market in Chiang Mai during Chinese New Year festivities
Chiang Mai Silver Temple
Chiang Mai Silver Temple

Thailand Socially Responsible Travel

Let’s discuss socially responsible tourism in Thailand and the broader potential in Southeast Asia. This subject has several facets. Volunteering, contributing to beggars, and engaging in ethical activities are all examples of good deeds. It’s a difficult scenario.

Animal tourism has a negative impact, and ethical tourists should look for alternatives. Try out these responsible travel suggestions to decrease your influence on the locations you visit for more general standards of responsible travel. I also recommend that all tourists read this article on giving to young beggars; you will encounter this quandary, so it is better to be prepared.

Let’s get started with some things you may wish to try, as well as some alternatives that are just as enjoyable! Finally, there are some pointers on how to be a responsible volunteer.

Riding Elephant

If you’ve always wanted to ride one of these gorgeous beasts, you should learn about their care and what it takes to break an elephant’s will sufficiently for it to do feats. It’s a tragic business, and in the SEA, it expanded with tourists. Thais have always utilized elephants for hard work, such as clearing land and forests.

They earn more money from tourists, though, which has resulted in a vicious circle of overworked and tortured animals. On the other hand, feeding an elephant is expensive, and tourism (including elephant rides) helps mahouts pay to properly care for their animals. It’s a tricky situation.  But there are alternatives!

There are various elephant sanctuaries in Thailand and Cambodia that allow responsible travelers to interact with elephants. Travelers appreciate the opportunity to be responsible.

They are doing a fantastic job to provide these elephants with a haven and a tranquil existence. To arrange your vacation, visit the Save Elephants Foundation.

Getting Close to a Tiger

This is a difficult situation. In Thailand, two major groups provide tiger encounters.

Tiger Temple is located in Bangkok, while the Tiger Kingdom is located near Chiang Mai.

You should NOT pay a visit to Tiger Temple. NatGeo has an exclusive on their habit of providing the black market with tigers (tiger bones are in high demand in China’s black market).

The Tiger Kingdom, which is located near CM, sells adult tigers to zoos all around the globe that are too old to be used at the park. There have been no complaints, and their tigers seem to be cheerful and well-fed.

They lose points in my opinion for offering little instructional value, but they don’t seem to operate under unethical conditions (unlike the Tiger Temple). Before you schedule a vacation, do your homework so you know where you stand on the issue of viewing wild animals in captivity.

Taking Part in Human Tourism

The Karen Padaung Village Tours in the north and Ping Pong Shows in Bangkok, Phuket, and other regions are the two most prominent and touristic examples of this. The ladies wearing the rings around their necks are Karen villagers. It’s lovely, but spending your money there is a bad idea. They are Burmese refugees trapped in Thailand as a living zoo for visitors to photograph.

There are alternatives to a packaged trip to see these ladies, such as excursions through hill tribal settlements and homestays. This area is plagued with sex trafficking, and by all accounts, concerts like these—and visitor demand—exacerbate the issue.



Many vacationers want to volunteer or support socially responsible enterprises. There are several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and prospects for this sort of travel.

However, not everyone is doing an excellent job. Consider this list of independently validated volunteer opportunities in Thailand.

Providing Assistance to Responsible Businesses

Consider visiting some of Thailand’s ethical businesses during your vacation. One of the simplest ways to plan a vacation with a good effect is to support social entrepreneurs. This includes selecting firms who use the funding to benefit local communities, provide training, support, or safeguard natural resources. Everything from getting a massage to selecting a hiking guide is available via firms devoted to social impact.

Visa Extensions and border run

A frequently asked issue is how to extend your stay in Thailand beyond the free 30 days granted upon arriving by flight. To remain longer as a tourist, you must do so in 60- or 90-day increments. With a few extra loopholes tossed in for good measure. There are two choices. Whether you remain for 90 days or six months.

Six-month visa

Unfortunately, the double-entry tourist visa was phased out in November 2015. Foreigners used to remain here for six months. According to outdated information, you may get these double-entry visas in adjacent nations. This previous procedure has been replaced by the “multiple entrance tourist visa,” which is valid for 6 months but must be exited every 60 days to be reactivated. Furthermore, you must now prepare ahead of time since you may only get this from your home country, and there is a cash requirement, which seems to be applied differently by various consulates.

90-day single-entry visa

This single entry visa is valid for 60 days and may be renewed for another 30 days at a fee, although it is simple to do so at the immigration office. This will allow you to stay in Thailand for three months. You must apply for this at a Thai embassy before arriving in Thailand. When you arrive, you make your first “entry,” which is valid for 60 days.

You pay a charge and prolong your stay in the immigration office for another 30 days before leaving at the 60-day milestone. This implies you’ve now been here for 90 days. You must depart at this moment. You must pass a boundary. And the rest of Southeast Asia is lovely.

Visit Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Myanmar. Take a low-cost AirAsia flight to explore the area. Alternatively, conduct a border run by being stamped out of Thailand and returning the same day. However, without the extended visa, your return will be limited to 15 days by land and 30 days by air.

They will note the dates you must depart the country on each entry/extension—adherence is required or you will be fined and scolded, and you may not be able to get another extended visa. Also, since this information is subject to change, please double-check the Thai Embassy website for the most up-to-date rules.

Because these visas are solely for tourism, you can only have a limited number of them in your passport. If you want to reside in Thailand, you must examine a different set of difficulties if you are using a tourist visa. They will most likely only give two or three visas before presuming you are residing there illegally. They will not grant another long-term visa to your passport at this time. However, if you’re merely on a sabbatical, you’re in the clear.

There are various visas available that allow you to work and study lawfully. If you are learning Thai, you may be eligible for a student visa. English language instructors are often able to get a work visa. Retirees must be of a certain age and earn a certain amount of money. All of these elements are subject to change at any time. While I try my best to keep this material up to date, I recommend that you read visas’ topics on this website for the most up-to-date information and answers to frequently asked topics.

How to Get Around Thailand

Thailand Transportation Basics

Although we have a whole website devoted to transportation in Thailand, if you’re just visiting the most popular areas—Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and so on—then follow the simple instructions below to plan how you’ll get throughout the nation by land and air.

These are the most common backpacking routes and modes of transportation in Thailand. If you’re considering a backpacking journey to Southeast Asia, you’ll almost certainly begin in Thailand, landing at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. The airport is around 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the city center, and there are three options for traveling into the city center: airport shuttle bus, taxi, or Airport Link train.

What is the best way to get from BKK to the city?

Are you staying near Khao San Road? Taking the airport shuttle bus is a good option.

Do you want to stay near Sukhumvit or in the city center? Alternatively, you may use the Airport Link rail or a private taxi

How to Get From Bangkok to Other Thai Destinations

Thailand has a well-developed transportation infrastructure. There is a railroad network (the slowest mode of transportation, but typically the cheapest), a vast network of long-distance buses that reach every part of the country, and many budget airlines that make travel north or south fast and painless (and often quite cheap if you travel carry-on only, especially).


Chiang Mai: Between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, there are several rail alternatives.

Train 7 is the cheapest option (641 THB for second class). If you choose to save money on a hostel bed or hotel room, pick train 13/14 (791/881 THB for second class) or train 9/10 (941/1041 THB for second class ticket), both of which have new Chinese-built sleeper carriages.

Ayutthaya: Take a train from Bangkok’s Hualamphong station to Ayutthaya for around 20 THB in third class.

Hua Hin: Your best option is to train 43 (102 THB).

Phuket: Your best option is to train 43 (230 THB)

Krabi: Train 43 towards Surat Thani (279 THB).

Kok Samui: You must take the train to Surat Thani (248 THB / USD 7.50), then a cab or bus, and finally a boat, which may cost up to 400 THB (USD 12).

One thing to keep in mind while using the train is that it seldom runs on schedule. It is typical for your train to depart late, so carry food, drinks, and a nice book or anything to keep you entertained.


Chiang Mai: If you’re staying on or near Khao San Road, a ‘tourist bus’ runs overnight (300–500 THB). You can also take a ‘VIP” bus (600–900 THB), which leaves from the bus terminal near Mo Chit BTS. Best to book your tickets in advance, in person. **The overnight bus from Khao San Road is notorious for theft, never leave money, electronics, or valuables in your stowed bags.**

Ayutthaya: The best option is by van. While space is limited, the drive is short and the fare is about 240 THB.

Sukhothai: You’ll need to take a long-distance bus from the terminal near Mo Chit BTS. Fares to Sukhothai start at 346 THB.

Hua Hin: Instead of a bus, you can take a van from Ekkamai BTS for about 180 THB.

Phuket & Krabi: You can take a comfortable ‘VIP’ bus from the Southern Bus Terminal for about 643 THB. To get to the Southern Bus Terminal you can take a city bus (#79), but it is best to take a taxi. Similar to traveling north, it is best to go to the terminal yourself to book your tickets a couple of days in advance.

Budget Airlines:

Flying is the quickest, although not always the cheapest, a method to go from Bangkok to Chiang Mai or other Thai locations. Fortunately, there are a few low-cost airlines to select from.

The majority of flights will depart from Don Mueang Airport (DMK), which may be rather congested (currently passengers are encouraged to arrive three hours early due to new security measures). Air Asia and Nok Air are the most popular airlines that operate out of Don Mueng Airport (DMK). Bangkok Airways, which operates out of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport, is another popular alternative.

Chiang Mai: Air Asia begins at 830 THB one-way, Nok Air begins at 899 THB, or Bangkok Airways begins at 1,200 THB and departs from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport (BKK).

Phuket: 950 THB for Air Asia, 799 THB for NokAir, and 1,390 THB for Bangkok Airways.

Krabi: 950 TH for Air Asia, 799 THB for NokAir, and 1,490 THB for Bangkok Airways.

Koh Samui:  you will need to fly to Surat Thani and then take a ferry to the island. This is available as a package via the airline. This service is available via Air Asia for around 1,540 THB. Nok Air has a comparable bundle for about 1,599 THB.

It is crucial to understand that low-cost airlines often charge additional costs for seat selection, checked luggage, and other services. Always read the guidelines thoroughly before booking your travel to avoid being shocked by additional costs at the airport.

Once you’re in a new city, you can take advantage of some of the fun types of local transportation, such as canal taxis, songthaews, and tuk-tuks—everything here’s you should know before using local transportation, including potential scams and how to flag down ones that are heading in the right direction!

Best Things to Do in Thailand

Five of My Favorite Thailand Experiences:

Perched on a little seat, chowing down on vegetarian street food while speaking with friends.

Chiang Mai’s Sunday Night Market offers low-cost massages.

Getting up and personal with elephants at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai.

At Loy Krathong and Yi Peng, I was able to see the gorgeous lantern and Krathong release.

Volunteering to assist Burmese refugees in their pursuit of higher education.

Top 20 Things to See and Do in Thailand

1 - Visiting Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun in Bangkok

Thailand’s royal palace was erected towards the end of the 18th century by King Rama I and serves as the present monarch’s formal home (though he no longer lives there; it is now only used for festivities). It’s an eye-catching location rich with temples, notably Wat Pra Kaeo, which houses the 15th-century Emerald Buddha.

Grand Palace
Grand Palace
Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand.
Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand.

Wat Pho is well-known for two things: a massive golden reclining Buddha statue and a highly relaxing massage school.

Wat Arun (commonly known as “the Temple of Dawn” )is best known for its huge prang, a Khmer-style tower on the Chao Phra river bank. That prang, with a height of more than 80 meters, is Thailand’s highest.


2- Visit Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park, located in southern Thailand, is consistently recognized as one of the greatest in Thailand, with fantastic hiking, camping, limestone karsts, cooling rivers, and a shimmering lake. There are semi-difficult treks, plenty of animals, walking lanes, and breathtaking sunsets. The admission fee to the park is 200 THB (6 USD).


3- Hop around the ancient capitals

Thailand’s three ancient capitals – Sukhothai, Lopburi, and Ayutthaya – are located between Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Visiting them on your trip north from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is a unique way to travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. You’ll learn about ancient Thailand and experience rural living at its finest. Ayutthaya is my favorite.


4- Relax on tropical islands

Thailand has a million and one magnificent tropical island. Some are overdeveloped, while others simply have a single bungalow. You’ll find everything here.

Some of the greatest islands to visit include Ko Samet, Ko Tarutao, Ko Lanta, Ko Chang, Ko Tao, Ko Jum, Ko Lipe, Ko Phi Phi, Phuket, the Similan Islands, and Ko Samui.

5- Participate in Full Moon party

Full Moon Party - Things To Do In Thailand
Full Moon Party

If you like partying, there is no better place to go than the world-famous Full Moon Party.

The Full Moon Celebration is a massive festival-style party that includes a lot of drinking, dancing, and drugs. Because each club has its sound system, you’ll hear different music screaming onto the beach every few feet. The beach is lined with vendors selling drinks, fire dancers performing performances, and little kiosks offering glow-in-the-dark face paint.

Sure, it’s quite touristic, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable, and it’s as much a part of Thailand as everything else.

6- Trek across the jungle.

Northern Thailand has some fantastic jungle hiking chances. Make a multi-day trek a priority.

The shorter walks aren’t as enjoyable, and seeing hill tribes is like visiting a rural poverty Disney World. Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are the most popular departure places. Don’t plan any trips ahead of time; you may schedule these kinds of activities via the hostel or hostels nearby. You will pay extra if you book online ahead of time.

7- Scuba dive in the Similan Islands

Scuba Dive In The Similan Islands - Thing To Do In Thailand

Because of the crystal-clear seas and spectacular marine life, scuba diving is a popular sport here. The cheapest location to learn is on the island of Ko Tao, which caters primarily to divers.

While you can dive all around the nation, the Similan Islands have the greatest diving.

If you dive here, be sure to view Elephant Head Rock, since the reef there is home to a plethora of fish, snappers, rays, and turtles. Day tours begin at 5,900 THB for two dives, including equipment and park fees.


8- Learn to cook

Thai food is excellent and quite simple to prepare if you know what you’re doing. Cooking classes may be found across the country, but the greatest are in Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Even if you don’t intend to cook at home, it’ll be a wonderful experience since you’ll get to spend the day cooking and eating delicious meals. The cost of a class ranges from 1,000 to 1,300 THB.

9- Explore the Khmer temples in Isaan

Many temples have been erected across the Isaan area, all along the old roadways that link Angkor (the Khmer Empire’s capital) to the surrounding towns. The most important of them is Phimai, which is positioned near the end of the old roadway.

It was built in the 11th century and is one of Thailand’s greatest Hindu Khmer temples.

Only a few kilometers apart, two additional spectacular Khmer temples (Phanom Rung and Muang Tum) may be located in the Buriram province. Muang Tum is located at the foot of a hill, whereas Phanom Rung is constructed on top of it.

10- Take the day train

Taking the day train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is not only less expensive, but it also provides a far nicer view of the countryside than the night train. Sure, you “waste” a day, but you get to explore the countryside, witness how Thais travel by train and eat from vendors who come on and off at each stop. The day train is still one of my favorite things to do in Thailand. Just make sure you have a good book with you since the ride will be 10-13 hours!

11- Visit Elephant Nature Park

While you may ride an elephant in Thailand, if you see how they are abused to give these rides, you may reconsider this immoral pastime. Volunteering at or visiting the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai is an even better chance to get up and personal with the creatures. It’s a fantastic facility that allows you to give back to the community while also helping these wonderful creatures. You’ll understand why you should never ride an elephant after seeing it here. Adults pay 2,500 THB for one-day admission.

12- Admire Wat Doi Suthep

This magnificent Buddhist temple is located in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, 16 kilometers (10 miles) from Chiang Mai. A tram or a 300-step climb will take you to the pinnacle of Doi Suthep, where the gleaming gold temple tower awaits. The temple was built in the 14th century and has unique Buddha relics. Don’t leave Chiang Mai without seeing Wat Doi Suthep; it’s too wonderful to miss. There is no admission fee.

13- Visit the Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle
Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle is located at the confluence of the Mekong and Ruak rivers. It is also the meeting place between Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar, and it was historically famed for opium manufacturing. You may take a boat down the river to the Golden Triangle Park, where you can see some of the numerous Buddha sculptures, picturesque overlooks, and marketplaces. It is about 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) from Chiang Saen.

14- Party on Ko Phi Phi

Party On Ko Phi Phi

Ko Phi Phi is one of Thailand’s most famous tourist destinations. There are many reasons why visitors come here, from the notorious Maya Bay (made famous in the 2000 film The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio) to the monkeys on the appropriately called Monkey Beach, to the diving and nightlife. The island, which was destroyed by a tsunami in 2004, has been restored and expanded to an even larger degree than previously. While I don’t like Ko Phi Phi, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand. You’ll have to decide for yourself if it’s right for you!

15- Relax on Ko Lipe

This semi-off-the-beaten-path island in southern Thailand is one of my favorite locations on the planet. The incredibly friendly people of Ko Lipe bring in the daily catch for excellent fish feasts.

The beaches are lovely, the water is warm, and the island is reasonably priced. I arrived for three days and stayed for a month.

It has gotten increasingly developed in recent years, and it is no more the tranquil little island it once was, but it is still much less developed than many other locations in Thailand. Furthermore, you are close to a magnificent and unspoiled national marine park where you may snorkel and enjoy some private beaches!

16- Shop at the floating markets

Floating Markets Thailand
Floating markets thailand

Thailand is teeming with marketplaces. The floating markets, which can be seen across the nation, are perhaps the most comical of them.

Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi and the Taling Chan Weekend Floating Market in Bangkok are two of the greatest.

At floating marketplaces, rickety boats are stacked high with colorful wares and meals, making for wonderful picture opportunities!

They’re touristic, but they’re nonetheless interesting to view up close.

17- Backpack Kanchanaburi Province

This location is home to a beautiful forest ideal for hiking, but its past is very gloomy.

The famed Death Railway, which connects Myanmar and Thailand, goes through here and was built by prisoners of war and civilians during WWII.

Approximately 90,000 Southeast Asian civilian forced laborers and over 12,000 Allied POWs died during the railway’s construction. The iconic bridge across the River Kwai, constructed using POW labor and the subject of both a film and a book, is also situated nearby. While visiting is a somber reminder, it is also an important part of Thailand’s history.

18- Motorbike through Northern Thailand

There are several scenic roads for motorbiking around the nation, but notably in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Many visitors hire bikes and explore the landscape for a day or many days. The Mai Hong Son Province provides a fantastic loop that begins in Chiang Mai and ends in Pai.

Note: If you’re hiring a motorcycle, make sure you’re comfortable driving it and never (ever) drink and drive. Accidents happen all the time.

19- Relax in Pai

Pai has risen in popularity as a tourist destination in recent years, but it is still an excellent spot to get away from the chaos of the bigger towns. It’s set amid rolling green mountains in Northern Thailand, surrounded by waterfalls, and close to fantastic hiking paths. Take a day excursion to Tham Lot Caves, where you may bathe in waterfalls and hot springs on the way. Stay in a wonderful tiny cottage on the outskirts of this backpacker town, get a bike, and ride through the hills, bathing in the cold waterfalls.

20- Go to Phuket

Phuket is Thailand’s most popular tourist destination. On this island, there are excellent beaches and amazing activities, and if you stay away from Patong Beach, you may escape much of the overdevelopment and overcrowding. Phuket attracts a lot of people, so if you truly want to experience the place, stay away from the major attractions.

Thailand Travel Costs

Accommodation: Thailand is very cheap, though the north is vastly cheaper than Bangkok and the southern islands. Cheap guesthouses may be found for as low as 300 THB (9 USD) per night in cities and 200 THB (6 USD) per night in the countryside, however, accommodations in major cities such as Chiang Mai and Bangkok start about 400 THB (12 USD) per night.

Expect to spend 600 THB (18 USD) or more per night on the islands or a better hotel with an air conditioner. The price of a basic cottage is the same. Hotels start about 1,350 THB (41 USD) per night and go higher from there. Big resorts on the islands start at 1,700 THB (15 USD) per night for a beach bungalow. Dorm rooms, which are becoming more common around the nation, cost between 100 and 150 THB each night.

Airbnb is also increasing in Thailand, with a fair number of cities offering a decent range. A shared room costs roughly 350 THB (11 USD) each night, while a complete apartment costs around 700 THB (21 USD) per night.

In Thailand, booking your lodgings online via companies like Agoda or Booking is frequently cheaper than showing up in person. While some restaurants allow you to haggle on prices, most don’t (unless you are booking long term).

Online booking websites give significantly greater savings than what you’ll receive if you simply turn there, so always book online if possible!


Food: Thailand has a very low cost of living. Street food may be as cheap as 20 THB (0.60 USD), but expect to pay about 35-50 THB (1.05-1.50 USD) for each meal if you want something satisfying. You can eat for 120-170 THB (4-5 USD) every day if you stick to local street cuisine.

Most western items (burgers, pizza, spaghetti, etc.) cost between 170-340 THB (5-10 USD), while prices at nicer western places might be more.

Because food is so inexpensive, there’s no need to go grocery shopping unless you’re seeking pre-made salads or fruits. Visit each city guide to find out what foods to eat in each place!


Given that their primary clients are tourists, Western cuisine establishments may be more expensive than Thai food. In addition, some of the components must be imported, which adds to the higher prices. Most Western cuisine pales in contrast to the original, therefore it’s better to avoid it entirely. You didn’t travel all this way to eat a bad burger or pizza, did you?


Activities: Depending on the activities, day excursions range from 500 to 1,200 THB (15-36 USD). A day of jungle hiking costs 1,000-1,685 THB (30-50 USD). Keep in mind that if you go as a group, you have greater bargaining power.

Most national parks and museums charge 50-100 THB (1.50-3 USD) to enter (as a non-Thai, you will always pay a higher amount). A PADI diving certification course (which is highly popular in Thailand) costs roughly 10,000 THB (300 USD), however, it often includes accommodation.

When you arrive, always plan your trips and activities. Stick with travel agencies that sell on the ground (they’re simple to discover, and your guesthouse will almost certainly have one). If the first travel agent refuses to bargain, go on to the next. Tours are usually more costly when booked online.

Thailand Travel Guide: Money Saving Tips

Thailand is a low-cost country where it is difficult to overspend. There are, however, a few items that will blow your budget (such as alcohol, tours, and trips to the islands). If you’re on a strict budget (or just want to save money), here’s how to save even more money during your trip.

  • Go local – Living like a native is the simplest method to save money in Thailand. Travel by local bus, eat street cuisine and drink local beer. In Bangkok, the typical Thai lives on less than 7,750 THB per month, and significantly less in the rural. Keep things basic to keep them cheap.
  • Eat street food — Thailand’s tastiest cuisine is available on the street, and it is a fraction of the price of a restaurant dinner. If you’re on a tight budget, stick to street food.
  • Take advantage of happy hour — many happy hours in Thailand offer half-priced beverages and 2-for-1 deals. If you want to go out to a pub, drink just during happy hour.
  • 7-Eleven sells beer – Buying beer from one of Thailand’s numerous 7-Elevens and drinking it outdoors can save you a lot of money on your bar bill. It’s generally half the price of drinking in a bar.
  • Don’t book tours in advance – Do you want to learn how to cook? Going zip lining? What about a jungle trek? Dive? Wait until you are in Thailand before making any reservations. Travel agencies may be found throughout the tourist districts, eager to offer their excursions. While you may book these trips online before you come, you will pay much more. Instead, make your reservation before you arrive so you may bargain for a lower price.
  • Stay with a local – Nothing beats free accommodation. Couchsurfing links you with locals who not only provide you with a free place to stay but also can introduce you to all the amazing locations to visit. Just be sure to submit your requests as soon as possible!
  • Pack a water bottle with a purifier — Because tap water in Southeast Asia is unfit for human consumption, a water bottle with a purifier is essential. LifeStraw is my favored bottle since it contains built-in filters that guarantee your water is always pure and safe (it’s also excellent for the environment).

Where to Stay in Thailand

Looking for a place to stay in Thailand? Here are my top picks for locations to stay in Thailand. (For further recommendations, see the city guides.)

Best Cheap Hotel in Thailand

Best Hotel In Thailand

Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. villa upgrade, breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and USD 100 resort credit).

Soneva Kiri ( Koh Kood)

Accolades: Soneva Kiri also features in my top 10 lists of the world’s most amazing beach resorts, the world’s most outrageous hotel experiences,  the world’s most remote luxury hotels, the best private plunge pools in the world, the world’s most beautiful hotel beaches, the world’s best luxury hotels, the world’s best family resorts, and luxury hotels with private airports.

Resort Rosewood (Phuket)

Accolades: Rosewood Phuket also features in my list of the best new hotels of 2017.

Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. villa upgrade, breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and USD 100 resort credit).

Six Senses Yao Noi (Phuket)

Accolades: Six Senses Yao Noi also features in my top 10 list of Phuket’s best ultra-luxury hotels.

Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and a complimentary 50-minute massage for up to two people, per room).

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle (Chiang Rai)

Accolades: Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle also features in my top 10 lists of the world’s most expensive hotels, the world’s most remote luxury hotels, and the most luxurious glamping sites.

Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and USD 100 spa credit).

Amanpuri (Phuket)

Accolades: Amanpuri also features in my top 10 lists of Phuket’s best ultra-luxury hotels, the best Aman hotels in the world, and the world’s most insanely beautiful hotel beaches.

Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and one lunch or dinner for 2).

Banyan Tree (Phuket)

Accolades: Banyan Tree Phuket also features in my top 10 list of Phuket’s best ultra-luxury hotels.

Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and one lunch or dinner for two).

The Siam (Bangkok)

Accolades: The Siam Hotel Bangkok also features in my top 10 lists of the best luxury hotels in Bangkok, the world’s best city hotels, and the world’s best urban resorts.

Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, welcome gift, daily breakfast, USD 100 food & beverage credit, early check-in, and late check out).

Four Seasons Resort (Koh Samui)

Accolades: Four Seasons Koh Samui also features in my top 10 lists of the world’s most spectacular cliffside hotels and the world’s best spa and health retreats.

Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and USD 100 spa credit).

Keemala (Pluket)

Accolades: Keemala also features in my top 10 lists of the best luxury hotels in Phuket and the most instagrammable hotels in the world.

When to Go to Thailand

Best Time To Go Thailand

While Thailand is not a large nation, climate and temperature do differ depending on where you are in the country. In general, the best time to visit Thailand is between November and March.

From November through March, the high season (cool/dry) is in effect. Temperatures are generally 30°C (86°F) or higher at this time of year (yes, that is “cool” in Thailand).

If you intend on visiting the north around this season, keep in mind that temperatures may drop drastically at night. Please bring warm clothes!

The shoulder season lasts from April through June and is quite hot. Temperatures may be excruciatingly high for individuals who are not used to them. Daytime highs will be over 35°C (95°F).

The northern region gets pounded by the monsoon around the end of May, bringing regular bouts of rain (though the weather is still warm). The rainy season, which lasts from July through October, is the low season. Rainfall may range from light showers to catastrophic inundation.

The wettest months are June and August, although things slow down around October. Although there may still be occasional afternoon rains, October is typically an excellent time to come.

How to Stay Safe in Thailand

Thailand is a secure area to backpack and travel – even if you’re traveling alone, and especially if you’re a solitary female traveler. Tourists are seldom attacked violently. People who get in trouble here are mainly associated with drugs or sex tourism, so if you avoid those, you should be OK. Solo female tourists should feel comfortable here, while typical care should be taken (always keep an eye on your drink at the bar, never walk home alone intoxicated, etc.)

Petty theft (including bag snatching) is possible, so keep a watch on your valuables at all times, particularly while using crowded public transit.

There are certain usual scams to be aware of, such as unmetered taxis, but for the most part, this is a safe area to visit. Read this page on typical travel scams to avoid for more information on common scams to avoid.

Dial 191 for help if you are in an emergency (112 from a mobile device).

Always go with your gut feeling. Make duplicates of your papers, including your passport and identification. Send your itinerary to loved ones so they know where you are.

The most crucial piece of advice I can provide is to have enough travel insurance. Travel insurance will cover you in the event of sickness, accident, theft, or cancellation. It provides extensive coverage if anything goes wrong. I never leave the house without it since I’ve had to use it several times in the past.

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Bangkok Travel Guide

I’ll be the first to acknowledge that I haven’t spent nearly enough time in this city to compile a complete guide. Instead, these are the tourist attractions, as well as the gems discovered by my ex-pat friends over the years.

The city is massive, and it has an excellent transit system (you can travel anywhere by metro, or via metro to a taxi/motorcycle-taxi). Many of the backstreets feature secret cafés and pop-up street food vendors that you can only locate by exploring or going on street food tours.

Another excellent alternative is to get a Nancy Chandler map of Bangkok before your trip. These maps are very detailed, colorful, and show a whole other perspective of the city.

Things To Do in Bangkok

  • Wat Pho and the Grand Palace: One of Bangkok’s most gorgeous palaces, including various wonderfully designed religious structures and temples. The holiest is Wat Phra Kaeo, which houses the 15th century Emerald Buddha. The most iconic feature of Wat Pho is the reclining Buddha statue.
  • Consume the street food: Excellent street food is one of Thailand’s greatest features.
  • You might plan a formal street food tour or create your own using the materials at Migrationology. He knows all there is to know about dining properly in Bangkok. He also provides information for vegans in Bangkok.
  • Weekend Market in Chatuchak: A football-stadium-sized market where you may spend hours wandering. Also, if you need presents, this is a fantastic place to get them. There are also lots of places to dine!
  • The Lumpini Park: It is Bangkok’s biggest park, including biking and jogging routes, games, picnics, and rowboats. The ideal location for getting away from the city.
  • The Royal Elephant Museum: If you still have your Grand Palace ticket, you may visit this museum for free. Elephants play an important part in Thai people’s lives. Learn more about the meaning and religious beliefs associated with this animal.
  • Tour the Bangkok canals: Cruise along the Chao Phraya River to view the historic bridges and wooden residences on stilts. This tour provides several scenic sights, including the Khlongs of Thonburi.
  • Jim Thompson’s House: This is an option if you have time in the city. It’s a teak-style home that provides useful information about living in Thailand. Jim Thompson was a silk dealer who went missing in the 1950s.
  • Mansion of Vimanmek: If you like museums, this royal palace is home to the Thai National Heritage Museum, which displays antiques, ancient pictures, china, and relics from King Rama V’s reign. There are also several gardens and waterways to explore on the estate.

Places to Eat and Sleep

  • Grab a cup of coffee and connect to the internet. Nomadic Notes’ James is a coffee-shop enthusiast, and he has a terrific list of his favorite places to drink coffee and work in Bangkok.
  • Stay at a wonderful location: Bangkok has a plethora of lodging options. Consider Lub I Silom Hostel for a low-budget option, Amara Bangkok for a mid-range option, and Hotel Muse for a wonderful starting point for your quest.
  • Khao San Road isn’t my favorite section of town, but it has the best rates and is the city’s backpacker hotspot. I stayed there on my first trip to Bangkok, but now I prefer the lodgings in the city’s other areas.

Thai Islands Travel Guide

There is a lot to do on the Thai islands, and this is simply a broad summary of the attractions on all of them. You may (and should) check into specific advice for each island you want to visit.

However, this may give you an idea of what you can do down there on that damp piece of paradise known as the Thai islands.

  • If you’re a first-time diver, consider diving in Koh Tao. This location in Thailand’s Gulf is ideal for novices seeking their Padi Open Water certification. I can’t think of a more beautiful place to learn to dive.
  • Scuba dive in the Andaman Sea: Because the reefs are so near to the surface, you can snorkel almost everywhere. Ko Surin is an uninhabited island where you can camp and dive all day.
  • Kayak in the seas of the Andaman Sea: It’s simply so lovely here that it doesn’t matter whether you’re above or below the sea. Amazing lagoons, tropical animals, and coral reefs await you.
  • Koh Yao Noi, a secluded island, provides a more pleasant kayaking experience.
  • Climb the rocks on Railay: I learned to rock climb in Laos, but Matt has persuaded me that the next time I’m in Thailand, I should try it on the Thai islands.
  • In Krabi, try some of the best street food. Finding excellent street cuisine is like finding the Holy Grail. The islands have a lot of tourist-oriented eateries, so discovering a hotspot of good street meals is always pleasant.
  • Do not go to the Full Moon Party: This monthly party is well-known on Koh Phangan, but it has a terrible side that is not worth supporting. Consider that the majority of the islands have a strong party scene, with superb music and beverages available everywhere from Railay to Krabi to Koh Tao.
  • Stay in a wonderful location: The Thai islands provide a plethora of lodging options. Consider the Thalassa Hotel on Koh Tao, Villa Diva Star on Koh Yao Noi, Avatar Railay Resort on Railay, and The Pelican Residence & Suite on Krabi for well-located intermediate accommodations. isn’t my favorite section of town, but it has the best rates and is the city’s backpacker hotspot. I stayed there on my first trip to Bangkok, but now I prefer the lodgings in the city’s other areas.

Chiang Mai Travel Guide

I lived in Chiang Mai for nearly a year and it’s one of my favorite places in Thailand. The city is known as the “Rose of the North,” and it is the epicenter of Lanna Thai culture. There is a wide variety of dishes available, including traditional Northern Thai cuisine, Issan food, and food from nearby Burma. Northern Thailand is home to a large number of Burmese refugees, and their influence can be felt not just in the food, but also in the variety of development activities and volunteer possibilities. There are several day outings and weekend vacations available. If you don’t mind not being near the ocean, this is a terrific area to stay for a while—or at the very least, come visit! Check out my cost of living in Thailand piece, which is one of my most popular, if you’re considering making there your base. Here’s a much more in-depth guide to Chiang Mai. It has more photographs and information on everything.

The Nancy Chandler Chiang Mai map is also fantastic. It’s quite comprehensive, and it provides a whole new approach to exploring the city. I strongly advise you to pack one of these before you depart. I was in shambles by the time I left Thailand; I used it constantly.

Things to Do in Chiang Mai

  • Spend an afternoon at Wat Doi Suthep. This is one of Thailand’s most holy temples, and it’s also one of the most beautiful, constructed straight into the summit of a neighboring mountain. It’s easy to get here from the city—red songthaews depart from the mountain’s base every 15 minutes or so when they’re full.
  • Explore Wat Chedi Luang both during the day and at night. One of my favorite temples in the city, as well as a distinguishing component of the Chiang Mai skyline. This was previously the revered Emerald Buddha’s residence (now in Bangkok). Because the chedi’s top was shattered in an earthquake, it’s now a magnificently deteriorating relic of Lanna Thai history.
  • Find food at the night bazaar. If you’re in town for a while and have time, the night bazaar is a sensory overload and a popular tourist destination. It sells a variety of delicacies and goods, so you may spend the night shopping with the many street sellers. Every day of the year, the night bazaar is open.
  • Sip coffee at Akha Ama. This is my favorite social venture in town, and their coffee is fantastic. If you’re very fortunate, you may be able to snag an available space on a Coffee Journey.
  • Get a massage at Lila Thai Massage. The former head of the women’s jail started this chain in the city to assist women in reintegrating into Thai society. It’s a good cause, and they provide an excellent massage.
  • Support ethical elephant tourism at the Elephant Nature Park. For a variety of reasons, riding elephants should not be on your bucket list. There are, however, great options that will still bring you in close touch with elephants. The Elephant Nature Park (ENP) outside of Chiang Mai is maintained by a loving lady who rescues elephants from cruelty and provides them with a peaceful home in the CM Valley. I suggest either a day trip to the ENP or a weeklong volunteer vacation on the grounds to interact more closely with the elephants. They have a variety of elephant and wildlife programs in various parts of Thailand and Cambodia. There’s more on it here.
  • Go ziplining in the jungles outside of the city. Book with any of the city’s numerous businesses (Flight of the Gibbon or possibly Eagle Trekkers) and you’ll be ziplining into Thailand’s trees. My niece and I spent a day doing this and had a great time.
  • Spend Songkran and Loy Krathong. Chiang Mai is the finest place to enjoy both of these lovely Thai festivals. (And there are many more throughout the year in Chiang Mai, from the Umbrella Festival to the Flower Festival.)
  • Take a cooking class. Northern Thailand offers a diverse cuisine, making it the ideal place in the nation to attend a culinary lesson. Many schools take you to marketplaces, and others even take you to their farms. Isn’t my favorite section of town, but it has the best rates and is the city’s backpacker hotspot. I stayed there on my first trip to Bangkok, but now I prefer the lodgings in the city’s other areas.

Places to Eat and Sleep

  • Stay in a wonderful location. There’s a lot of housing in CM, so you should be able to find a nice location at a reasonable price. Consider Sabai Hostel for a low-budget option, Kham Phai for a mid-range option, and De Naga for a wonderful starting point for your quest.
  • Eat dinner at Chiang Mai Gate. Every week, I ate here many times. It’s a popular area for cheap street cuisine. There are a few vegetarian options as well as plenty of meat options for individuals in your party who want something different. It’s a fantastic mix of residents and visitors, and it’s a perfect area to try a little bit of everything Chiang Mai has to offer. The ideal evening: Begin with a smoothie, then eat a meal and finish with mango sticky rice!
  • Eat at the Sunday Night Market. This market demonstrates that you don’t have to “go local” to have a good time. It’s touristy as heck, suffocatingly crowded after 7 p.m., but a lot of fun for a Sunday night. Get there early (between 5 and 6 p.m.) for supper at the Wats, which is situated at the east end of the walking street (near to Thae Pae Gate).
  • The UN Irish Pub is a great place to have a drink (or have a pub night). This is a great location for ex-pats and travelers alike, located within the moat (24-24/1 Ratvithi Road). Thursday quiz evenings are often crowded (and shockingly difficult!).
  • Find a good coffee shop or coworking space and camp out. Chiang Mai is home to a large number of expats and digital nomads who work from cafés. This list includes the finest of the best in the city.
  • Grab some tasty veggie Thai dishes. In the city, there are a few strictly vegetarian eateries that are great. Here is a list of my favorite vegetarian eateries.
  • Take Thai cooking classes. Lah taught my niece and my private Thai lessons, and she was fantastic. However, if you want to study Thai only to obtain a student visa, you must enroll in one of the language schools. Iisn’t my favorite section of town, but it has the best rates and is the city’s backpacker hotspot. I stayed there on my first trip to Bangkok, but now I prefer the lodgings in the city’s other areas.

Thailand Travel Guide: The Best Booking Resources

When I travel, these are the companies I prefer to utilize. They continually have the greatest prices, provide world-class customer service and exceptional value, and outperform their competition. They are the companies I use the most and are always the first stop in my search for travel offers.

  • Skyscanner – My favorite flight search engine is Skyscanner. They look for tiny websites and low-cost airlines that major search engines overlook. They are without a doubt the best location to begin.
  • Momondo –  This is my second favorite flight search engine since it searches so many different websites and airlines. I never book a flight without first checking this site.
  • Hostelworld – This is the greatest hostel lodging website available, with the most inventory, the finest search interface, and the most availability.
  • Agoda – Aside from Hostelworld, Agoda is the greatest hotel booking site in Asia.
  • Booking.com – The greatest all-around booking site, always offering the cheapest and lowest prices. They have the most affordable lodging options. In all of my testing, they consistently offered the lowest rates of any booking website.
  • Couchsurfing –  This website enables you to stay for free on other people’s sofas or spare rooms. It’s an excellent method to save money while meeting locals who can teach you everything about their city. The site also includes events where you can meet people (even if you aren’t staying with someone).
  • Intrepid Travel –  If you want to go on group excursions, Intrepid is the way to go.
  • They provide fantastic small-group trips that utilize local operators and have a low environmental impact. You’ll also earn unique discounts with them as a reader of our blog!
  • Grassroots Volunteering – Grassroots Volunteering maintains a list of reputable local volunteer groups that retain the money in the community for volunteering.
  • Get Your Guide or Klook– They are a massive online tour and excursion marketplace. They offer a plethora of tour choices accessible in cities all around the globe, including culinary workshops, walking tours, street art lessons, and much more! Klook is very good for Asia Tours
  • SafetyWing – Safety Wing provides easy and cost-effective coverage for digital nomads and long-term travelers. They feature low-cost monthly plans, excellent customer service, and an easy-to-use claims procedure, making it ideal for individuals on the go.

Thailand Gear and Packing Guide

If you’re going on a road trip and need some gear recommendations, here are my recommendations for the best travel bag and what to pack!

Venture Pal 40L Lightweight Packable Travel Hiking Backpack Daypack

The Best Backpack for Travelers

What is the best backpack for long-term travel? The Venture Pal 40L Lightweight Packable Travel Hiking comes highly recommended by me. It’s lightweight and comfortable, has a front-loading design, and fits neatly in an airplane’s overhead bin

Size: 40-45

Straps: thick and comfortable, with compression technology that draws the burden of the pack up and inwards, making it seem lighter.

Features: removable top lid, large front pocket, hydration compatible, curved hip belt.

What to Pack for Your Trip


    •     1 pair of jeans (heavy and not easily dried, but I like them; a good alternative is khaki pants)
    •     1 pair of shorts
    •     1 bathing suit
    •     5 T-shirts (Icebreaker Merino is my preferred company)
    •     1 long-sleeved T-shirt
    •     1 pair of flip-flops
    •     1 pair of sneakers
    •     6 pairs of socks (I always end up losing half)
    •     5 pairs of boxer shorts (I’m not a briefs guy!)
    •     1 toothbrush
    •     1 tube of toothpaste
    •     1 razor
    •     1 package of dental floss
    •     1 small bottle of shampoo
    •     1 small bottle of shower gel
    •     1 towel
    •     Deodorant


Small Medical Kit (safety is important!!!)



Female Travel Packing List


    •     1 swimsuit
    •     1 sarong
    •     1 pair of stretchy jeans (they wash and dry easily)
    •     1 pair of leggings (if it’s cold, they can go under your jeans, otherwise with a dress or shirt)
    •     2-3 long-sleeve tops
    •     2-3 T-shirts
    •     3-4 spaghetti tops
    •     1 light cardigan



    •     1 dry shampoo spray & talc powder (keeps long hair grease-free in between washes)
    •     1 hairbrush
    •     Makeup Kit
    •     Hairbands & hair clips
    •     Feminine hygiene products (you can opt to buy there too, but I prefer not to count on it, and most people have their preferred products)

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