Welcome to our Thailand page! Here are some of the places we visited and the guidelines we followed during our trip to Thailand. Of course, this list is far from comprehensive, and we always recommend you do your own research before traveling.
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After being blessed to see the Taj Mahal in all of its glory, it was time for Candace and me to head to Thailand for our Southeast Asian adventure! To optimize our time in each location, we chose an overnight flight from Delhi to Chiang Mai with an early morning layover in Bangkok. We arrived in Chiang Mai around 10
When I thought about visiting Thailand, my first thought was ELEPHANTS. I’ve loved elephants since I was a kid, so when we started planning our trip I knew we needed to visit an elephant sanctuary; I also knew that a lot of places exploit and abuse elephants, and it was important to me that we not support any of those
After our trip to Hanoi and our long overnight layover in the Bangkok airport, we flew into the Surat Thani airport, headed for Khao Sok National Park. I sort of stumbled upon Khao Sok when researching places to travel in Thailand, as it isn’t a super well-known location for most tourists, but the pictures were gorgeous, and I got my
The last leg of our Southeast Asia trip was spent on the white sandy beaches of Phuket, i.e. the “Pearl of the Andaman” and Thailand’s largest island. We planned this so we would end our action-packed adventure relaxing on the beach and getting lots of Thai massages before flying back to India and then, all the way back to the
BEFORE YOU GO
Check out the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs website for any travel advisories, cautions, vaccinations, visa/document requirements, etc. prior to traveling to Thailand.
This international travel adapter works in many countries, including Thailand, and has room for multiple USBs and a plug.
Pack your own medicine and feminine products, as there may not be ones that you are accustomed to readily available.
Every gal needs a cool pair of elephant pants – just because they are so fun! We like these options:
WHILE YOU’RE THERE
Thailand’s currency is the Thai Baht (THB). We got local currency out from ATMs using our debit cards once we arrived, but be aware that sometimes it’s hard to track down an ATM that will accept U.S. bank cards; we did experience some issues with this both at the airport and in Chiang Mai.
Don’t drink the water! Or brush your teeth with it. You will need to purchase water bottles throughout your trip.
Thailand’s culture is conservative, and you should dress appropriately. Covering your shoulders (and sometimes head) is customary inside of temples and you will be required to leave your shoes outside.
- We had no issues leaving our shoes anywhere but would suggest wearing a cheaper pair of sandals that you aren’t too attached to if you are worried about it.
- We carried simple, lightweight scarves to cover up inside of temples and kept them tied around our purses otherwise for an extra layer of “security”, i.e. covering the zipper, while walking around in touristy areas.
We recommend bringing water, snacks, bug repellent, tip money, a rain jacket, tissues, sandwich baggies, hand sanitizer, lip balm, sunblock, a scarf, a cross-body or secure purse/wallet, and sunglasses.
Here are our favorite travel-sized bug spray, lotion and anti-itch cream:
If you’d feel more comfortable having a money belt or wallet to wear under your clothes, we have also used and can recommend these:
Some of the hikes we went on were muddy, and it was pretty hot everywhere we went; we recommend these waterproof hiking sandals for your hiking excursions in Thailand:
Restrooms many times will not be fully stocked with toilet paper or soap/hand sanitizer, so it’s smart to carry your own each day just in case.
We used the Grab app, which is similar to Lyft or Uber, to get around Thailand; it was reasonably priced and reliable in our experience.
We had to leave our roller bags behind for some excursions, and we would recommend these TSA-approved luggage locks for such occasions:
Tipping is always at your discretion. In our experience, Thai folks are quite humble and in some cases, may not accept your full tip or accept anything at all. We tipped with these guidelines in mind:
- Driver used for an entire day or excursion: 50-100 Baht
- Guide used for an entire day or excursion: 300-600 Baht
- Restaurants: A 10% service charge is typically already included, but if it’s not, a 5-10% tip on the bill is customary
- Massages: 100 Baht for each 30 minutes
We would love to hear your tips for Thailand. Feel free to leave your ideas for us in a comment below, and don’t forget to pin it!
XOXO Travel A-Broads