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With perfect weather and spectacular places that make you come back year after year, Thailand is without doubt, one of the most beloved destinations in Southeast Asia. From dense tropical jungle to islands with turquoise water and white-sand beaches, the Land of Smiles has something special to offer to everyone, always leaving the impression that a few days are never enough to discover this wonderful exotic destination.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Amazing Experiences! Discover the beauty of Thailand in simple things like enjoying a cocktail at sunset on the shores of the Andaman Sea or feeding an elephant baby. And most importantly, don’t forget to avoid the negative side of tourism in Asia!

Nature! White-sand beaches, turquoise water, hidden lagoons and jungle… Thailand is the land of spectacular scenery! The islands of the Andaman Sea are a true tropical paradise and the northern regions offer fantastic opportunities to experience the captivating charm of Asia.

Destinations! Known to the Thais as the “City of Angels”, Bangkok is one of the most beautiful cities in Asia. It was the world’s most-visited city in the past few years and fascinates by the stunning contrast between breathtaking buildings standing next to modest homes and glittering Buddhist temples.

Nightlife! Thailand’s eccentricity is famous all over the world. From stunning rooftop bars to night markets or ladyboy cabaret shows, nightlife in Bangkok is an unforgettable experience.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Although there are small differences between regions, the climate is mainly characterized by three seasons: rainy (May-October), cold (November-February), and warm (March-May).

The best time to visit Thailand is during the dry season. With fewer rainy days and temperatures ranging from 29-34°C, now the weather is perfect for snorkeling or diving in the exotic islands of the Andaman Sea. Don’t forget though, that this is also a very busy time of year.

THE PERFECT 20-DAY ITINERARY

From the extravagant Bangkok, to the islands of the Andaman Sea or the northern villages appreciated for their simplicity, Thailand is known for its fairytale landscapes. No matter what type of traveler you are, here you will discover fascinating destinations that offer countless possibilities to spend your vacation.

Our 20-day Itinerary will take you through some of the most visited cities in Southeast Asia, exotic islands where you can laze in the shade of palm trees, villages built directly on the water, elephant sanctuaries and stunning ancient temples. Continue reading…

VACATION BUDGET

The Thai Baht (THB) is the official currency of the Kingdom of Thailand. The average budget for a day in Bangkok is around THB4000-4500. That includes accommodation in  a central location, meals for one day and tickets for visiting some nearby Buddhist temples or tourist attractions.

Accommodation

Regardless what type of vacation or itinerary you are planning, in Thailand you will find perfect accommodation facilities, no matter your budget. For a double room with breakfast included, hotel prices in downtown Bangkok range from about THB1500/night at Ibis Bangkok Riverside Hotel to THB4450/night at the Avani Plus Riverside Hotel. If you have a sense of adventure, sleeping in the middle of nature, surrounded by panoramic views is truly one of the most authentic experience in Thailand. A luxury tented camp accommodation in the heart of Chiang Mai costs up to THB7680/night at Nelamit เนรมิต. But if you plan a romantic getaway, a private resort on a white sand beach with endless views of the Andaman Sea is the perfect choice for you. In Krabi you will find a great range of options starting from THB1360/night at Krabi Resort up to THB5600/night at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas.

  • Price recommendations for the best mid-range hotels:

Bangkok: THB1390-4180/night

Krabi: THB1390-6620/night

Chiang Mai: THB870-2440/night

Transportation

Although a tuk-tuk ride has its charm, the easiest way to get around Bangkok is by BTS Skytrain or MRT Subway. These networks of overground and underground trains with connections between the most popular destinations, are perfect when you want to visit the city on your own. And if you don’t want to miss a tuk-tuk ride, pick a nearby destination, keep your personal belongings tight and don’t forget to make sure you set the price in advance with the driver.

  • The price for a one-day pass for unlimited Skytrain rides on the date of issue is THB140 (more details-> here), and the cost of a Subway ride can be estimated online -> here.

Tips&Tricks: Even though you will find many places that accept credit cards like Visa and MasterCard, it’s always useful to take cash for street food stalls, or for tiny souvenir shops.

TRADITIONAL THAI CUISINE

Thai cuisine is largely based on a delicious combination of different flavors and strong spices. From coconut soups to seafood rice or traditional noodles, it’s unique taste will never cease to amaze you, whether you are in a fine-dining restaurant or on the street, in front of a food stall.

VISA

Visitors from 64 countries can stay in Thailand for up to 30 days based on a Visa on arrival. There is no limitation when entering by air,  but it can be granted at most twice in a calendar year when entering over land or via a sea border. More details -> here.

LANGUAGE

While Thai, more specifically known as Siamese Thai, is the official language, Thailand is home to 71 living languages, out of which 62 domestic languages are officially recognized. Therefore, do not expect English to be widely spoken in Thailand. Even when you are visiting the most popular places in central Bangkok, most locals understand only a few words and phrases.

TIPS & TRICKS

1. Do not encourage the negative side of tourism – Avoid elephant rides or wildlife selfies. Besides the cruel way  these animals were captured, they oftentimes live in inhumane conditions, so do not encourage the worst aspect of tourism in Thailand.

3. Be careful As a tourist, it’s easy to fall into the common scams of souvenir sellers or tuk-tuk drivers. No matter where you end up spending your time, pay attention to everything that happens around you.

2. Take care of yourself – Drink only bottled water and be very careful what you eat, especially from street vendors. Do not feed or pet monkeys, no matter how friendly they may seem, and if you spend a few days in the jungle, take the appropriate precautions.

4. Dress Appropriately Buddhist temples can only be visited according to a proper dress code. Avoid sleeveless clothes, shorts or skirts and choose comfortable shoes, preferably without laces or many straps.

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