4 Handy & Easy Thailand Travel Tips
Got bit by the travel bug? Looking for an exciting place to visit? Why not Thailand? This country in Asia has earned a reputation for being one of the most welcoming places to visit, and with good reason. The Thai people are very hospitable, and there is so much to discover in the country: from food to temples to beaches to nigh spots, you will not lack for excitement.
As with any trip to a different country, however, there are certain things that you ought to pay attention to. Thailand is not unsafe, but it is always a wise thing to go prepared. Here are some of the handiest tips I can share with you when it comes to visiting Thailand.
No need to bring lots of cash
I say this for two reasons. One, you can enjoy much of what Thailand has to offer without breaking the bank. Unless you want to go on a super shopping spree, you probably will spend less than you can imagine. Two, there are ATMs everywhere, and I have found out the hard way that you get more value by withdrawing from a cash machine than exchanging your money at a shop. Yes, that includes the withdrawal fees your bank will charge. Just make sure you do not keep on making multiple withdrawals.
Bring long pants or dresses with you
I don’t know about you, but when I go on vacation, I go for comfort over style. However, if you are planning on visiting temples and shrines in Thailand, it is best if you bring more than shorts and short dresses with you. These attractions are a must-visit, yes, but you also have to respect local customs. In short: you will not be allowed inside temples and shrines if you are not dressed “decently”. You’ll be safe with long pants/dresses.
Don’t hesitate to eat “street food”
Street food may not be the norm where you come from, but in Thailand, street food is the best! It is clean and safe, too, so you have nothing to worry about. There is no lack of upscale restaurants in Thailand, but if you want the real thing, the eateries on the streets are the way to go. Not only are they cheap, but the food is very tasty as well. You will see a lot of locals eating there, and you know that is a good indication!
Visit TripAdvisor for car rentals with tour guides
This is something that I was not keen on doing when I first visited Bangkok. I was afraid of getting scammed, but after some research and interaction with people on TripAdvisor, I decided to hook up with a local tour guide who offered to take me around outside of Bangkok. The deal included the car and gas for an entire day, and while it cost more than taking public transportation, the comfort and convenience was well worth it. Also, the guide was a local who was very accommodating, making the day tour very enjoyable. You really ought to consider this, especially if you want to discover the area/s outside of the city.