The Buddhist country of Thailand remains one of Asia’s most popular vacation destinations. This is a land full of smiling faces and enchanting places, combining a fast and vibrant nightlife with peace and quiet retreats spots.
Bangkok, the capital city will definitely seduce travelers with such different flavors and colors, royal palaces, glittering temples, and exciting markets along the city’s canals. Although the spiritual essence of Thailand is strong and its people modest, it is nonetheless a luxury destination in Southeast Asia with plenty of incredible accommodations in its major cities and paradisiacal beaches. Indeed, Thailand is a destination with a wide array of luxury experiences whether it be in lavish bungalows secludes on a remote island, mountain top villas or exclusive penthouse suite atop glittering skyscrapers.
Recommended for beach and romantic getaways, wellness and spa holidays as well as family vacations.
In Thailand, Thai serves as the official national language. English is taught in schools and colleges and is also used in academia, commerce, and government. Not surprisingly English is widely spoken in Thailand in the tourist industry. Guides and hotel and restaurant employee often speak English in varying degrees of fluency. Off the beaten track few people speak English well. More people are leaning English all the time and those who speak it well enough to engage in a conversation relish the opportunity to speak it with native English speakers.
Thai Baht is accepted everywhere and currency exchange booths are available around Bangkok in banks across Thailand. While major credit and debit cards are also accepted in most establishments and shopping centers, there are occasionally additional fees from both the retailer and your card provider. Travelers cheques can be cashed at most banks throughout Thailand though less so at retail establishments.
ATMs for withdrawing Thai Baht are widely available in major airports, shopping malls, hotels, and almost all provincial banks in Thailand. For most banks there is a maximum withdrawal of 20,000 THB per transaction, however, several withdrawals may be made in a single day. Ask your tour guide for help when you need to locate an ATM.
No vaccinations are required unless you are coming from contaminated areas. Malaria in Thailand is not as common as in neighboring countries, though Malaria (and some of the most virulent strains) is prevalent along the border regions, particularly near Cambodia and Laos. Medications for malaria do not prevent you from getting infected with malaria; they simply better prepare your immune system in the event of infection. Consequently, those not traveling to high risk zones do not need to take medication
Thailand uses 220V (50 cycles per second) but the plugs are not standardized. It is recommended that you bring a universal plug adaptor.
Tipping is not a usual practice in Thailand although it is becoming more common. Most hotels and restaurants add a 10% service charge to the bill. Taxi drivers do not require a tip, but the gesture is appreciated and 20-50 baht is acceptable for porters. In restaurants it is common for Thai’s to leave the coins as a tip, though an additional 20-100 baht is not unheard of in nicer establishments, particularly if the service is good.
Ko Tao: from whale sharks to coral fringed islands, you will enjoy the diving spots for all levels of divers. it is the cheapest and easiest spot around to learn how to strap on a tank and dive into the deep
Phanom rung historical park: the biggest and best khmer ruin in thailand is perched high atop an extinct volcano. you will experience a timeless moment when you enter the completely restored temple still rich with hindu relics.
Mekong river: Thailand’s glorious mekong delta offers magniﬁcent beauty and culture. follow the river’s ﬂow on a boat or even by bike.