Thinking of heading to Thailand this year? If not, you should perhaps consider it. It is such a diverse and unique country, you will find something that intrigues and grabs you there no matter what your personal tastes and interests are. In addition, it is quite a cheap destination, which probably explain why so many students and backpackers head there. As the Thai culture is quite different to our Western ways, travellers might get nervous before they head out to the country. This beginner’s guide to Thailand should help you find your feet once you are out there.
Make A Plan
As with travelling to any country, it is a good idea to make a plan before you leave home. That way, you can figure out what you want to see and do before you arrive. If you have not decided this once you land, you might feel a bit overwhelmed by all your options and could end up missing out on some important parts. Before you get there, think whether you want to backpack around, enjoy a beach holiday or volunteer in Thailand. A concrete plan can also help you reduce your nerves, as you will have definite places to go to and things to do once you arrive.
Think About The Climate
You do not want your whole trip to Thailand ruined by the weather! As the climate is tropical, you will have to expect that some months are going to be sweltering. If you know that you cannot cope with excessive heat, do not plan a trip between March and May, as these are the hottest months. You should also bear in mind that the rainy season is from May until October. Even though there are often a lot of rain showers during this season, this is still the most popular season for travellers and tourists. Just remember to pack your umbrella!
Thailand is a generally safe country. However, it has gained a bit of a reputation for being unsafe because of a few isolated cases that have hit the headlines. You will be happy to hear that such troublesome incidents are, as a matter of fact, few and far between. If you use common sense, you should not have much to worry about. Make sure you do not take any valuables out with you when you are sightseeing. Especially if you go to a tourist hotspot, as these are were many pickpockets operate. You might also consider not drinking too much on nights out. Alcohol is very cheap in Thailand, which can be tempting. It is always a good idea to be in your right senses and able to avoid decisions that could put your health and safety at risk.
Thailand is a fantastic destination for this year’s travel adventures. Hopefully this guide will help you enjoy your entire time there!
Disclosure: This post has been contributed.