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06 Tips on Planning a Trip to Thailand – South-East Asia's Favourite Holiday Destination

Exotic Thailand has so much to offer the curious traveller, from fabulous shopping sprees to delectable foodie treats and the most vibrant entertainment venues. But, just how do you plan a trip to this amazing land? If you are wondering about where to go, what to pack and what to do, keep reading.


Best Destinations to Visit

Whilst Thailand as a whole is a great nation to explore, the country does have its favourites; amongst these, you should definitely plan a trip to the following areas. Bangkok; the city should not be given a miss for that quintessential Thai experience of shopping, temple hopping, night markets, entertainment and gorging on the famous street food. On the flip side are Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, where you get to explore the mountains, Nomadic hill-tribes and ancient culture. For diving, boat excursions across Emerald green seas and fab sun, sea and sand adventures, Koh Samui, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta amongst others are top favourites.


Where to Stay

Deciding on your travel itinerary is the first step. Once this is done, you can book your accommodation at any one of the hotels, hostels and resorts spread across the nation. Plenty of luxury hotels in Thailand cater to your needs at just about every popular destination, and with hospitality chains like Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas located across the country, your accommodation requirements are well taken care of.


When to Go to Thailand

Peak season is best if you are planning on making the most of the parks and beaches, for at this time the weather is cooler and skies are clear for plenty of outdoor action. April is Thailand's hottest month, however, this time is popular for the Songkran Festival which takes places across the country. The festival of water ensures you are drenched every time you step into the streets, it's all in good fun which most tourists enjoy being a part of. May to October is the rainy season and if you are not too particular, a good time to look for discounts if you are travelling on a budget; you must be wary though that sudden downpours may cause flash floods in certain parts of the nation.


Get the Proper Vaccinations

Before travelling to Thailand make sure to visit your family doctor and get the necessary vaccinations. Typhoid is one vaccine that is often recommended and must be taken at least 2 weeks before arriving in the country.


Protective Gear

The 'gear' in this instance does not refer to helmets etc. Instead, make sure to take along plenty of sun-screen, bug spray and moisturising lotions; for protection from the sun and dehydration effects of the heat on your skin. You must also take along hats, sunglasses and shirts with long sleeves and a first aid kit, especially when travelling with kids. If you are taking specific medication ensure to take along a prescription for verification. A travel card explaining any food allergies you may have will be a big help, especially if the language is a barrier.


Travel Insurance

A must is a good travel insurance, make sure you are covered for sudden accidents together with insurance cover for any type of vehicle you plan on renting, such as the popular scooters. Enjoy your time in sunny Thailand!