Here are some of 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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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 HAOZI Universal Travel Adapter works in many countries, including Thailand.
Pack your own medicine and feminine products, as there may not be ones that you are accustomed to readily available.
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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.
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.
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