Thailand travel tips and advice
Incredibly beautiful, endlessly surprising and generally a dream destination, Thailand is a top location for many travellers. With such a diverse and rich culture and so much to see and do, it’s no surprise it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations around the globe. Thousands of visitors flock to the country each year to enjoy everything it has to offer, from architectural wonders to natural areas of beauty. Whatever kind of tourist you are, Thailand has something for you.
But when it comes to travelling to locations you haven’t visited before, it always pays to be prepared. Here are three of our top tips you need to remember for your upcoming visit to this unique country.
1. Make sure you have travel insurance in place
Travel insurance isn’t optional when you visit Thailand. In fact, in this country it’s a mandatory part of travelling that all tourists need to complete before they visit. While you can purchase minimal insurance at the airport once you arrive in the country, the most sensible way to go is ensuring you’re covered before you leave. This means you can get the level of coverage you want, which will likely be higher than what is offered in Thailand. Once you’ve purchased your tickets for your holiday, travel insurance should be your next step.
2. Carry water and sun protection with you
It may seem obvious to some, but Thailand is a hot country – especially if you visit during the warmer months. As such, you must be protected from the sun to ensure you can enjoy your holiday and stay healthy. This means high-factor sun creams, but also clothing that covers you
3. Stay away from animal tourism
While it may be tempting to visit one of Thailand’s many animal tourism activities, a significant number of these rides or shows are unethical, and often cruel to the animals. Elephant rides are a popular tourist attraction for many, but the animals are not well cared for and often abused for foreign tourists. Visiting an elephant sanctuary is a good alternative, allowing you to visit elephants that cannot be released into the wild (but live out their lives in a more natural environment). However, many shows are calling themselves sanctuaries to draw in unwitting tourists, so doing a little research ahead of time might be your best bet. The same goes for big cat shows, in which the tigers or leopards are often mistreated. They are drugged and not given enough rest or sleep.