How to get the most out of Thailand
Jet-setting to tropical Thailand? There’s much to look forward to, with the promise of golden temples, local street food and swimming in glittering blue waters. You won't want to miss a moment of your exciting and culture-packed Thai adventure. That’s why we’ve created this Get Ready Guide to help you prepare before you go.
What do I need to prepare right now?
Not a lot! British citizens can travel in Thailand for up to 30 days without a visa*. If you’re staying longer you’ll need to apply for an extended visa. You should also make sure you’re up to date with vaccinations.
Apart from that, just make sure to pack plenty of sunblock for those hot, sunny days and bug spray for the sultry nights. Now the fun begins!
What should I do when I get there?
The Thai capital is diverse - a mix of sacred temples, air-conditioned shopping malls and vibrant markets full of delights. Bangkok has many sides and discovering the city will take you from river trips and museums to bustling food markets and beautiful palaces.
For temples head to Rattanakosin District by the Chao Phraya River. Be sure to visit the Royal Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Po, as well as Wat Arun across the river.
Get yourself downtown for shopping - as well as the incredible Jim Thompson House. If it’s markets you’re after don’t miss Chatuchak, the largest market in Bangkok.
The beauty of Thailand’s islands are well known, and with sparkling turquoise waters and white-sand beaches there’s no mystery as to why. However, it can be hard to pick which island to go to when they are all so stunning. There’s an island to suit everyone, each with its own character and attractions.
Whether you want to party, surf, relax, practice yoga or go diving, you’ll find what you’re looking for. Read up on the different islands before you go, to help you decide which are right for you.
Keen to leave the buzz of Bangkok behind but still want a taste of city culture? Then Chiang Mai is for you. Wide leafy boulevards, a magnificent old town, arty cafes and an array of markets means this little city has an abundance to offer with the added bonus of cleaner and cooler air!
As dusk falls, pay a visit to the vibrant Chang Khlan Road - a food lover's heaven, full of tasty street snacks. If it’s the beauty and mystery of temples you’re after, then head to Wat Phra Singh (the temple of the lion Buddha) and don’t miss Wat Chedi Luang.
Finally, a huge benefit when travelling north is the lush jungle. There are numerous treks offering all kinds of experiences, so if you’re keen on adventure visit one of the local tour operators.
Telephone code: dial 00 66 2 for Bangkok numbers from outside Thailand, 02 from inside Thailand
UK time difference: +7 hours
Flight time from Heathrow: 11hr 25min approx.
Currency: Thai Baht
Local laws and etiquette: It’s against the law to criticise the monarchy. Visitors to Buddhist temples should cover shoulders and legs, take shoes off and never point the soles of their feet at Buddhist icons.
Here’s a list of useful apps and tools to make your Thailand experience as easy and smooth as possible.
- AccuWeather - for up-to-date local weather forecasts, wherever you find yourself.
- Currency Calculator - for staying on top of exchange rates.
- Maps.me - for maps when you don’t have data!
- Airbnb - stay like a local, with these private apartments in handy locations.
- TripAdvisor - reviews of local restaurants and business, written by visitors like you.
- Google Maps - find the nearest cafe, bank or station.
- Instagram and Twitter - check #Thailand #Bangkok #ChiangMai #ThaiIslands on these social networks for regular updates and snapshots.
- Time Out Bangkok - all the best shows, concerts, and restaurants in the city.
* Based on information accurate in March 2017
To get your holiday off to a smooth start - why not take care of parking now?
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Now you’re really Good To Go.
(Official government advice for British citizens visiting Thailand is available here. Note that the country is in a period of mourning until October 2017 but tourists are still encouraged to travel.)
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