First Timer’s Guide to Thailand : Everything You Need to Know
With stunning white sandy beaches, green mountains, delicious food, historical attractions and vibrant nightlife, Thailand is on every traveler’s bucket list. Thailand attracts both travelers on a budget and travelers with luxurious taste. Are you planning Thailand trip for the first time? Here is the first timer’s guide to Thailand!
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When to travel to Thailand
Thailand has three major seasons, the hot season (April to June), rainy season (July to October) and cool season (November to March). October to April is the high-season with its perfect weather to travel but if you want to avoid the crowds, travel around the summer months.
Transportation in Thailand
Roads in Thailand are chaotic, but getting around in Thailand is still convenient with its different modes of transportation system.
Classic Thai three-wheeler Tuk-tuks are used for short distances in most of the cities in Thailand. The cost of tuk-tuk rides are similar to metered taxi fares in Bangkok. Always agree on a fixed fare before getting in, since the over-charging is common with tuk-tuk drivers.
Buses are perfect for long distance travel. Some of large cities like Bangkok have a local bus network, which usually operate from dawn till dusk. Some night buses run as well – check bus company’s schedule before heading out.
- Metered Taxis
Metered Taxis are a comfortable and affordable way to get around the cities. However, make sure the meter is on before you get in to prevent overcharging.
- Motorbike Taxis
Motorbike Taxis are very convenient form of transportation, especially for getting around the traffic and car-free island. If you want a quick and short ride, motorbike taxis are the way to go.
- Rail systems
You can find rapid transit rail systems only in Bangkok. There are three rapid transit systems: BTS skytrain, the underground MRT and the Airport Rail Link. Rail systems in Bangkok are very efficient, and connect the main shopping and entertainment areas of the city.
Top places to stay in Thailand
Bangkok is a vibrant and big urban city filled with delicious food, amazing shopping, historical sites and bustling nightlife. The city offers so many things to see and do. From exploring the cultural and historical temples, to enjoying the vibrant nightlife, you will never be bored in this stunning city.
Phuket, the Pearl of the Andaman, is Thailand’s largest island and the most popular spot for visitors. With long stretches of beaches and a stunning coastline, Phuket offers visitors with attractive and impressive views. Enjoy exploring beautiful beaches and traditional sites of Phuket.
Koh Samui is a tropical island and one of the most popular destinations in Thailand. Koh Samui has a lot to offer from the vibrant beaches to the authentic temple sites.
Chiang Mai, Thailand’s fourth largest city, is surrounded by mountains and temples. Chiang Mai is the cultural capital of Thailand. There are plenty of historical attractions to visit in Chiang Mai. Besides the temples, Chiang Mai has vibrant night markets, nature landscapes and authentic restaurants.
What to do in Thailand
Thailand is on everyone’s travel bucket list. From Thailand’s majestic temples to its pristine and turquoise waters, you will never get bored during your trip in Thailand. This beautiful and vibrant city is filled with so many activities to do and places to go!
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The Dos and The Don’ts
- Do dress appropriately when visiting temples
- Do remove your shoes before entering temples, homes and some shops
- Do respect all images of Buddha
- Don’t point with your finger
- Don’t put your feet up on a table or a chair
- Don’t touch anyone’s head
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