A first time visitor to Thailand

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Thailand is a popular tourist destination in the heart of Southeast Asia. Packed with natural wonders and heritage, this country deserves to be visited. For your first trip to Thailand, take the time to prepare your stay. Here’s what to know before traveling there.

Traditional Thai Long Tail Boat
Traditional Thai Long Tail Boat
Thailand sea
Thailand sea

Formality

It’s obligatory to have a valid passport and a return ticket. For nationals of the European Union, it is not necessary to have a visa for stays of less than 30 days.

Season

Thailand may be visited in any season. But from November to February, the warmer temperature guarantees a pleasant stay.

Beach in Thailand
Beach in Thailand

Luggage

You must especially avoid loading heavy luggage. In Thailand, you can find anything you like anywhere you want. Having that in mind, plus the fact that Thailand is really cheap, you don’t have to pack everything “just in case”.

Bangkok shopping Mall, Thailand
Bangkok shopping Mall, Thailand

Time difference

Thailand is on UTC+7, so you’ll have to get accustomed to it

Cost of living

Thailand is a country that offers the best quality / price ratio in Southeast Asia. You will comfortably accommodate for 25 USD. The food is delicious cheap. You can eat copiously for 1 or 2 bucks. The variety of activities and excursions available are also cheap.

Food

Thai cuisine offers a variety of tastes and flavors. You will also find many international restaurants as far as cuisine is concerned. Many fruits, desserts and drinks (with or without alcohol) will accompany your delicious dishes.

Beach Restaurant at Dusk
Beach Restaurant at Dusk

Language

In tourist areas, the Thai speak pretty good English so it’s going to be easy to communicate. In rural areas, it may be useful to know a few words in Thai in order to avoid misunderstandings.

Security

Thailand does not have a reputation as a dangerous country in terms of aggression and serious incidents on tourists are rare. Of course, no one is safe from an accident or a scam.

By Nikos K

Thailand photos: Gedsman, hn., Andreas Springer

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