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3 Top Tips You Need To Remember In Thailand

thailand travel tips and advice

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 up a little more. Protection is especially applicable for travellers visiting temples, where covering the knees and shoulders is also required. Water is another consideration. Buying your own is the best solution, as tap water is not considered drinkable here. It’s also worth noting that some areas don’t allow plastic bottles, so choosing glass is the better option. For travellers expecting to hike or travel to remote areas, both water and sun protection are especially important. This is one of the most valuable Thailand travel tips and advice I received when I travelled.

3. Stay away from animal tourism

thailand travel tips and advice

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.

What are your Thailand travel tips and advice to remember before you travel?

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28 Comments

    • Amar Singh

      I have visited Thailand a few times and yes some of the pints you have mentioned are a must to keep in mind when travelling here. There are quite a few recreational places which involve animals and are tourist attractors specially elephant related. There is some amount of control now but still not as much as there should be. Thanks for sharing one good points here

    • corritta

      I agree with everything in your post. I didn’t know travel insurance was required. As tourist many people do not know they are taking part in animal cruelty. It breaks my heart to see beautiful creatures beaten and abused all for our entertainment.

      • Amar Singh

        I have visited Thailand a few times and yes some of the pints you have mentioned are a must to keep in mind when travelling here. There are quite a few recreational places which involve animals and are tourist attractors specially elephant related. There is some amount of control now but still not as much as there should be. Thanks for sharing one good points here

  • Medha Verma

    Some really good tips for travelling to Thailand. Travel insurance is a must and I make sure I have it, no matter where I am travelling to. Thailand is notorious for it’s unethical treatment of animals so that’s a very valid point as well. Sun protection is another tip that I make sure to have whenever I travel to places with tropical beach weather!

  • Adele Gee

    This post came in such a timely manner , as I am planning my trip to Thailand! So many things to see and do that we forget the basics which you have highlighted in your post – travel insurance is also top of my priority list. Thanks for the reminder to avoid animal tourism.

  • Joella

    I had no idea that travel insurance was mandatory there. Good thing they sell it at the airport but best if prepared in advance. And I am in complete agreement with no animal tourism I wish more people would listen

  • Lisa

    It’s been a while since I was in Thailand, so it was good to have a refresher. I couldn’t agree with you more about staying away from animal tourism, it’s so inhumane and unethical too. Great tip on sun protection, most people always forget!

  • umiko

    I remember how hot Thailand was from my visits there several years ago. But I don’t recall about the travel insurance. Or maybe because somebody else taking care of the ticket? I agree that we have to stay away from animal tourism. Seeing a juvenile elephant in Bangkok with his handler – somewhere on Sukhumvit – made me sad. I wish I could do something.

  • Mijia Eggers

    I would definitely stay away from the animal tourism. The elephants are severe tortured and that is brutal. The insurance is a must as well because the accidents take place frequently, though some hospitals there are quite good in terms of equipment.

  • Shilpa Garg

    Yeah, have heard a lot about Animal Tourism in Thailand. There are a lot of tours promoting elephant trekking and Tiger temple in Chiang Mai where taking selfies with tiger is pretty common. As you rightly mentioned the animals are mistreated and drugged and any activity which involves such animals should be a big no. Insurance is a must too. Thanks for sharing these important travel tips.

  • Ann

    The cover shot you used for this article is amazingly brilliant! I love the clear blue colors – did you capture that, and if so, what gear do you use to take pictures? Looks great!

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