First time travelers to Thailand will have all sorts of preconceived notions about what to expect. While the same can be said of any travel destination, let’s just say that Thailand is particular special because of the popularity it has gained all over the world.
Whether you’re talking about its beaches in the north and south or the vibrant nightlife in the streets of Bangkok, Thailand has definitely become one of the most exciting places to visit in Asia. If you’re going to pay the Land of Smiles a first visit any time in the near future, here are the essential tips that you must know. With these, you’re good to go!
Get travel insurance
Thailand is probably one of the safest places to visit in Asia, although it does have its share of petty tourist-related scams (see next section). However, you never really know what might happen. A cancelled flight, a missed flight, misplaced luggage – the list can go on and on. And, if you like living on the edge, medical issues might arise. Even if you’re the healthiest person you know.
Case in point: my first trip to Bangkok, my partner had to roam the streets at 2 am to look for a pharmacy that was open. For some reason, I had a severe allergic reaction to something I ate earlier that night!
So yeah, before you get on that plane, consult with reputable travel insurance companies such as Travel Insurance Cover for international travel insurance coverage. Your future self will thank your current self in case something happens.
Do an updated research on potential scams
As I said, Thailand is pretty safe, but it is not without the usual scams targeted at tourists. Knowledge of these prior to your trip will be more than enough to keep you away from unscrupulous individuals.
I suggest regularly checking smarttraveller.gov.au, not only for more practical tips related to keeping safe on the streets, but also for more serious travel directives in case of unrest in the country.
Bring one pair of long pants, but pack light
This is essential if you are planning on visiting all the temples and shrines that you possibly can. Then again, even if this is usually not your thing, if you’re going to Thailand for a couple of days, you might as well get the most of the experience! The reason for this tip is that there are certain temples which will not allow visitors in if they are wearing shorts. You may borrow fisherman’s pants at the doors, but if I were you, I’d rather wear my own clothes!
Bring a sturdy pair of walking shoes
Getting around Bangkok is easy. Cabs, trains, motorcycles, and tuktuks are everywhere. Still, I think that if you really want to discover the place – from Chatuchak Market to Khao San Road to the side streets in between – you will be doing a whole lot of walking. Make sure your feet are nice and comfy by bringing along your favorite pair of walking shoes, and then treat them to an hour-long Thai foot massage at night!