Millions of tourists can’t be wrong – Asia in one of the most beautiful continents in the world. Popular for varied culture, religions, languages, and many other aspects, Asia has gained popularity in the travel sector. There are deep gorges, glaciers, deserts, valleys, plains, deltas, white sand beaches, just to name a few. Every Asian country has something distinctive to offer. Apart from scenic attractions, Asia is also popular for its man-made attractions such as The Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, among others. Its beauty makes it attractive among travelers of all ages.
One exotic destination in Asia is Thailand. The tropical Asian country is renowned for its fascinating tourist destinations, delectable cuisine and rich culture. Like any other tour, it’s best to prepare well so that you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest. If you are visiting Thailand for the first time, things can be a bit puzzling. In order not to spoil your vacation, you need to ensure that each detail of your itinerary is carefully looked into. Here are a few tips that will help you make the most out of your trip.
When to travel to Thailand
Thailand is the tourists’ paradise, and it is quite easy to get around. While tourists come here all year round, November and February are the best time to get around the country. It’s best to try and evade the rainy season from the month of July to October. In peak session, near to the New Year, the country receives hundreds of thousands of tourists from the world over. During this period, everything is open, and the climate remains favorable. Nonetheless, prices can skyrocket.
Know Thai language
Learning Thai languages will undoubtedly enhance your tour to Thailand. If you aim to learn some words in the Thai language, like hello or thank you, an average Thai person will be thrilled and will respect you a lot. Nonetheless, with some Thai phrases, be sure to get the pronunciation right as the same word could have different meanings, based on whether your voice has a low or high tone, the falling or rising tone, or stays on the level tone. For instance, the phrase ‘khao’ can mean enter, rice, mountain, white, news or he/she, depending on how it’s said. As you may guess, this can lead to some misunderstandings and puzzled looks on behalf of a person you are talking to.
Get the local currency
The currency of Thailand is baht. The currency comes in denominations of 1,000, 500, 100, 50 and 20. You can exchange your currency and travellers cheques at local moneychangers or banks. Major establishments and money changers will accept major credit cards. You can also get a money advance on your credit card at many banks and transfer cash into the country. Usually, the latter takes a few business days. There are a number of ATM’s throughout Thailand, with the optional displays in English.
The Thai government is very strict and any breaches are severely punished. Before traveling to Thailand, check with your embassy or travel company as to what you can or can’t take into Thailand, particularly in respect of alcohol, cigarettes and medicines. Avoid any involvement with drugs as the country’s authorities enforce death penalties to the drugs offenders. Also, Thai people are very proud of their monarchy. Be vigilant not to make remarks that might be seen as disrespectful of the King or the Royal Family.
Choose a reputable travel company
Discuss your travel plans with a reputable travel agency. A good agency will get you an affordable hotel and organize a good trip for you. You can get reservations in order and get full details of the tour. There are literally tens of thousands of travel agents. A good travel agency will cater for everything, from the plane tickets to the tourist destinations you’ll be visiting, for a reasonable price. Search for reputable travel agencies online. There are a number of travel agencies online offering flights at affordable prices and first-class accommodations.
If you are planning a tour to Thailand, you might want to consider the above tips. They will make your tour enjoyable and you’ll have fewer surprises.
Bio: Stefan R. is a contributor for travelertips.org. The site gives exclusive information related to Asia travel. Stefan has travelled around Asia at the age of 23 and found a permanent home in Indonesia. If your next adventure includes a trip to Bali, be sure to check out an extensive guide to hotel accommodation in www.BaliHotelGuide.com