After much contemplation and speculation, you have finally chosen Thailand as your destination. Travelling abroad is exciting but could also be unnerving at the same time. Do not worry, we will make sure that your plan works out by creating a timeline for you and guiding you step by step.
Pre-trip jitters are no strangers to us, which is why, it is essential to prep yourself for the trip way before the big day! Here are a few tips to make yourself trip-ready and ensure everything’s in place before the D-day! Be it two weeks prior to the trip or just a few days before it, we have got you covered with all the necessities that you need to look into.
Two Weeks Prior
Here are some questions you may have before you head on to that fun trip in Thailand:
What are the Important Documents Required to Travel to Thailand?
Visa – Thailand Visa is available on arrival to Indian Citizens.
The documents required are:
You can also apply for a Thailand visa online with SOTC.
What Do I Pack?
What is the Maximum Luggage Allowed by Airlines?
Two To Three Days Before The Trip
SOTC provides you with currency notes and Forex Cards which can be used for ATM withdrawals and electronic transactions. The currency accepted in Thailand is Thai baht with 1 Thai baht= 2.26 INR approximately.
Power Banks And Adapters
You need to make sure that you are always accessible. It is essential to stay connected with the people you are travelling with and to have access to information while on the go. Hence, make sure that your power banks are always charged in case your phone batteries run out during the trip. You do not want a dead phone when you reach an unknown destination. Also, do not forget to carry universal plug chargers and adapters with you. Power outlets in Thailand are two-prong round or flat sockets.
The Day of Travel
You could carry some ready to eat food like biscuits, nuts, sandwiches or rolls to keep your stomach full during the trip, or just in case the airline food doesn’t suit you. Homemade food is safer as you do not want an upset stomach on a flight.
God forbid, if unwanted circumstances were to interrupt your trip or cut it short after the bookings have been made, travel insurance is a way to get some of your money back. Most international travel insurance companies provide you services such as medical assistance on your phone and reimbursement of medical costs during the trip, no matter where you are.
Always keep handy the numbers of the local Consulate, police and other emergency services as well as of the travel consultants and agents you have organised your trip through.
Confirm your hotel bookings and insist on the payment receipt or booking voucher before you reach your destination. Some resorts also provide pick up and drop facilities from and to the airport. SOTC also organises hotel bookings for you as a part of its Thailand tour packages.
Credit cards are accepted by most hotels and restaurants in Thailand. You will also find 24/7 ATMs. MasterCard and Visa are the widely accepted credit cards in Thailand. However, do notify your credit card company of your travel dates before you leave and check on the surcharges that may be applicable on international travel.
During The Trip
If you are visiting Thailand, knowing a few phrases in Thai could prove to be handy. Here are some phrases in the most widely spoken language in Thailand:
Tips For Travelling In Thailand
Places to Visit in Thailand - Head to Krabi beach to find a slice of paradise with its endless white sands and sparkling water. You could also explore the quaint town of Pai and explore its famous canyons and quirky cafes.
Head to Koh Kood, the least populated island of Thailand with lush rainforests and crystalline beaches that will give you some time away from the rush of the tourists.
Getting around - The most convenient way to explore Thailand would be to take the tuk-tuk, ferry, bus, subway or taxi.
You will mostly get seafood, rice, noodles, meat and dessert or snacks in Thailand. You could try the – Guay Teow (noodle soup chicken, pork or beef), Som Tam, Pad Thai and Pak Boong while in Thailand. Head to Rang Mahal in case you are missing home and want to enjoy some Indian buffet.
If you are looking to try out some local dishes, relish Laap (seasoned minced meat), Massaman curry in rich Thai sauce and Gang Jued - Thai vegetable soup.
Tipping waiters and porters is not customary in Thailand since 10% service charge is already added to the bill.
Social Etiquette in Thailand
Cost of living in Thailand
When to visit Thailand
The best time to visit Thailand is between November and April which is perfect for sightseeing. There are hardly any fluctuations in the weather and the temperature more or less remains the same.
To enjoy the rain showers, visit during the months of mid-June and October.
A Glimpse of Thailand Through Art
Movie – Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, this film starring Hrithik Roshan and Ameesha Patel captures all the scenic locations and spots of Thailand.
Song – Title track Kaho Na Pyaar hai, Phro Nang Beach is where this song was shot and has become a popular tourist spot ever since.