Thailand travel – 10 tips and suggestions

Thailand travel - 10 tips and suggestions

Thailand travel – 10 tips and suggestions

Thailand travel – 10 tips and suggestions for enjoying your visit

It is over whelming visiting Thailand and large urban centers like Bangkok and almost get lost in the jungle and strange cultural and day to day activities. There is so much contradiction and confusion to traveling in Thailand and there’s no usual straight forward answer to make travel related activities. To make your visit to Thailand smooth and effortless, take a look at the Thailand 10 tips and suggestions I have outlined for your visit and hopefully it will be a wonderful and smooth vacation.

 

Traveling by tuk tuk in Loei province

Traveling by tuk tuk in Loei province

 

1. Taxi service – Don’t agree tourist price and ask for the meter to be turned on. Also don’t agree to having them take you someplace where you can find great deals, they always get a kick back from these visits. If things look sketchy or the driver doesn’t respond to your requests, just pick another taxi so you can avoid all the hassles of getting to your destination. Here’s some cool tips by a local on taking taxis in Bangkok courtesy of Thaifai

 

 

 

 

 

2. ATM’s – ATM’s are available everywhere in Thailand but surprisingly they don’t all work well with international banks. Make sure you notify your credit card company of all the locations you will be visiting in Thailand in advanced. Also look for the ATM’s that do carry the various trade symbols on credit card so it will be able to accept your ATM card and dispurse your cash.

 

 

3. Bargain and negotiate – It’s part of the culture to bargain for things outside of shopping centers and typical stores, but in the outdoor markets and typical tourist spots always make sure you bargain to what you think what you are buying is worth. Here’s a video on how to haggle like a pro courtesy of my friend Christine Kaaloa

 

 

 

4. Etiquette and avoid the taboos – It’s worthwhile to learn a little about Thai customs and typical etiquette while visiting the country. There are a few basic requirements, mostly when you visit cultural places and what to wear or do when you visit a historic place or how to greet people. Here is a fairly good guide on basic etiquette and cultural practices in Thailand you can review before you travel.

 

Flying regionally in Thailand - Thailand travel - 10 tips and suggestions

Flying regionally in Thailand

 

5. Flying around Thailand –  It is faster and cheaper to actually fly with the various regional carriers and international carriers through different destinations in Thailand instead of business or other transport services. Check online using popular online sites like Skyscanner, Kayak or Momondo which allow you to search the more popular air travel consolidators for flights around the country.

 

 

 

Traveling by long tail boat in Thailand

Traveling by long tail boat in Thailand

 

6. Enjoy being on the water – In many places around Thailand, being on the water with any of the local crafts like a long tail boat will give you a different take on they way the locals travel and to also enjoy the landscape in a different perspective. This also can take place in many urban environments like Bangkok where the canal waterways are extensive and fun to explore some of the cool and quirky neighborhoods of the city.

 

 

 

Taking a tuk tuk in Bangkok

Taking a tuk tuk in Bangkok

 

7. Try a tuk tuk – The very popular tuk tuk taxis are cheap and quick rides outside of taxis in urban and rural areas. Usually easy to flag down these typically don’t have meters so you need to negotiate up front what the fee will be. Check the tip above taxis and apply some of the tips.

 

 

8. Avoiding scams in Thailand- Unfortunately you may come across a variety of scams at popular sites, markets and areas around Thailand. The best thing is to just avoid any contact or communication and just smile and continue going to your destination. There are quite a few scammers targeting solo or unsuspecting tourists even for basic things like tuk, tuk or taxi rides, so be careful and take your time and follow your intuition. Here are a few more typical scams that happen regularly in popular attractions or other typical situations courtesy of Scam city.

 

 

 

Street food in Chiang Khan's night market

Street food in Chiang Khan’s night market

 

 

9. Try the street food – the hawker stands are definitely a wonderful experience to try street food throughout Thailand. Just take precaution by observing and watching vendors that have high traffic, fresh ingredients, a good selection and is prepared when you are there and not just sitting like it may have been all day long. Then you know it’s relatively safe to try the food that this vendor is preparing.

 

 

Local markets - Thailand travel - 10 tips and suggestions

Local markets in Bangkok,Thailand

 

10. Visit the markets – there are so many wonderful outdoor markets to explore, even some markets that are accessible only by boat which is quite unique. A fantastic place to try the tropical fruit, street and local delicacies, the outdoor markets are a wonderful opportunity to take photographs,  try the local food and even bargain for a wonderful souvenir.  Make sure you pack well (here are some packing tips) so you can bring home some fantastic finds at the many outdoor and night markets around Thailand.

 

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21 Responses to Thailand travel – 10 tips and suggestions

  1. Hajar - Rinjani Trekking January 24, 2017 at 10:51 pm #

    Thailand has been growing up to be one of the most popular tourist destination im southeast Asia.
    Bankok, Chiang Mai and Pattaya are some of its interesting area to explore

  2. Ben October 19, 2016 at 4:38 am #

    Great tips, especially the one about bargaining. We are in Thailand right now and if you don’t bargain you are paying at least three times as much as the locals.

  3. Nicole October 18, 2016 at 2:11 am #

    Great tips, you should also mention the serious mistreatment of elephants in this country. If they offer elephant rides then there is a great chance those elephants are mistreated. Please do not ride the elephants. Look into this for more information.

  4. Diana March 10, 2016 at 9:36 am #

    Great tips! I’ve never been to South East Asia but I would love to start in either Thailand or Vietnam. I have so many Vietnamese friends in LA, they may take pity on me and take me on a tour of their land. But on the other hand Thailand seems so much more attractive to me. hmmm what to do.

  5. Neha Singh January 8, 2016 at 3:24 am #

    Hi Noel,
    great post, explained the overall activities with do’s and dont’s.
    Seriously love that Tuk Tuk… 😉

  6. Sarah November 25, 2015 at 3:52 am #

    Wow this is such a great comprehensive list. I always include the street food as part as must do travel tips for my friends and family.

  7. Mei November 3, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

    Great tips! And visit the markets is a must.. because that’s where the pulse of the people lie! We love to buy back fruits to snack on later too.. lovely photos Noel! Tuk tuks have to bargain.. otherwise it’s just breathing in car fumes and getting ripped off! LOL

  8. Rita August 11, 2015 at 11:59 pm #

    All great tips. I’d add one more. Don’t ignore top hotel restaurants. Expensive, yes, but great experiences of food, service, architecture and design.

  9. Kate August 11, 2015 at 3:01 am #

    I’m heading back to Thailand this year and can’t wait to see if things have changed a lot. I went 8-9 years ago and really loved it. Great tips and photos/videos here. Thanks for sharing

  10. Ryan Biddulph August 10, 2015 at 8:10 am #

    Hi Noel,

    This is a very helpful primer. Having spent over a year in Thailand I vibe with each rule. Enjoy that street food! I can smell the mixed veggie curry as I write 😉 Thanks for sharing!

    Ryan

  11. Elena August 10, 2015 at 1:11 am #

    So many great tips! Thailand is on my short list of destinations for the next few years – (and eating the street food is high on my priority list while there!)

  12. Jessica August 9, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

    Thanks for these tips! I haven’t been to Thailand yet, but it’s definitely on my list! Love those taxis!

  13. Vanessa August 9, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

    Thanks for including Air Asia in this – it is such a great deal. True, it’s not exactly a comfortable ride but distances are usually short and it’s a great way to see so much of the region.

  14. Bobbi Gould August 9, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

    The great thing about this post is that the tips are short and sweet! It helps that you also have amazing pictures. I will be coming here next time I hit Thailand!

  15. I love haggling. It is half the fun of buying things. I wish the US had more places to haggle.

  16. Francesca @onegrloneworld August 9, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

    Great tips for a first timer like myself! Thailand is one of my dream destinations so all of this will come in handy!

  17. Stacey Valle August 9, 2015 at 10:29 am #

    I went to Thailand last summer for the first time, and these are all great tips & suggestions 🙂 I love street food! They’re so cheap and good, but like you said, make sure you observe them to ensure they’re fresh and safe to eat. My travel partner and I luckily haven’t been scammed yet, but they did tried to take advantage. We always bargain and negotiate – if it feels funny, we would walk away.

  18. Ishlah Fata August 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm #

    Everyone who want to visit Thailand really have to try the streetfood. Its delicious and amazing. Good tips. Really enjoy this post.

  19. Mel Jones August 8, 2015 at 8:17 am #

    Noel! Thanks for the advice, I have yet to go but it’s a dream I’m going to make happen in the next couple of years. Great tips, especially on the haggling part, it’s not something a lot of travellers are used to depending where they go. Thanks 🙂

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