Thailand is quickly becoming a sought-after travel destination, not only for gap years but also for summer vacations. While this amazing country has a lot to offer, as a first-time visitor it can be somewhat overwhelming. I mean, there are various areas to explore, some of the world’s best beaches, and eateries that offer the most amazing meals. With so much on offer, it’s natural to feel a little overwhelmed. Whether you’re planning a two-week break or a short stay in this amazing country, getting your planning right is essential.
The only downside to visiting Thailand is that there’s too much to see and do. No matter how long your stay, you’re never going to be able to see everything. That’s okay, though, as you can save what you miss for your next trip. Next trip? Once you spend some time in this beautiful country, you’ll most definitely want to go back.
Of course, before you can do that, you need to get your first trip planned out. To help you do that, here are a few useful tips.
Finding somewhere to stay
The first thing you need to decide is where you want to stay. Do you want to be in Bangkok, the capital city, or somewhere a little more rural, such as Chiang Mai? This is important as where you stay will impact the type of break you have.
The great thing about Thailand, regardless of where you chose to stay, is that it’s much cheaper than most other travel destinations. For a hotel room, you’ll pay less than half of what you would in London, for instance. You can make your trip even more affordable by opting to stay in a hostel, instead of in a hotel. Before booking anywhere, look on Tripadvisor to check out the reviews and star rating of the place in question.
Research the best places to eat and drink
When it comes to food, Thailand is an amazing destination. It really is a foodie’s dream because of how many authentic restaurants there are. Not to mention that the street markets are packed with fantastic dishes. It can be daunting knowing where to eat, especially when there is so much on offer. Steer clear of international restaurants, instead opt to dine in authentic places. If you’re stuck for where to go, ask the locals for advice.
Know the sights and attractions you have to see
Thailand has so much on offer; from beaches to historical sights and attractions. What you choose to see will depend on your personal tastes. That being said, there are some things that you just can’t miss. You have to make sure that you see the very best of Thailand, which is why doing research and planning in advance is a must.
Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai are all must-see places. Then there are Thailand’s many beaches; Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Lanta District, and Ao Nang, among others. There are temples and palaces, such as The Grand Palace, that aren’t to be missed. As well as various other cultural sights. Your best bet is to research each place you want to go and then plan an itinerary.
There you go, all the best tips for having an amazing time on your first trip to Thailand!