Bangkok Thailand by night

Introducing Thailand

Few places captivate travelers quite like Thailand. From its bustling capital of Bangkok to the jungle north to the idyllic islands in the south, there's so much to explore in Thailand. 

And while Thailand is hardly a secret destination anymore, it's so big and diverse that it isn't hard to get off-the-beaten path and explore the authentic side of Thailand. 

Use our Thailand travel guide resources to get planning your trip to Southeast Asia's leading destination.

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Language: The sole official language of Thailand is Central Thai. We suggest bringing a Thai phrasebook but you should generally be fine using English and a little bit of patience to communicate with taxi drivers, hotel front desks, waiters, etc. 

Currency: Thai Baht ($1 = 0.65 Thai Baht).

Credit Cards & ATMs: Major establishments take debit/credit cards, but smaller-scale accommodations, tourist sites and restaurants tend to only take cash. ATMs widely available. 

Plugs: Type A, B, and C, 230V / 50Hz. Bring this universal adapter

Safety: Generally speaking, Thailand is very safe for solo travel, and most travelers should feel comfortable traveling alone in Thailand. Still, it's better to be extra cautious, especially when it comes to dealing with strangers and traveling on Thailand's roads. Additionally, it might be a good idea to purchase travel insurance for Thailand, and check the latest US State Department travel advisories for Thailand. 

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  • Chiang Mai
  • Koh Chang
  • Bangkok
  • Ayutthaya
  • Sukothai​​​​

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The best time to travel is during the cool and dry season between November and early April. In the south, the climate differs between the eastern and western coasts. The west coast is more favorable during the winter months, when diving and snorkeling will be at its best. Please be advised that February and March are burning season in the north, which badly affects air quality in places like Chiang Mai.

Thailand Facts and Trivia

  • Thailand is commonly known as “The Land Of Smiles”.
  • There are about 35,000 temples in Thailand.
  • If you leave the house without wearing underwear you are breaking the law.
  • Red Bull, the world-famous energy drink was actually based on and inspired by a popular drink in Thailand called the "Krating Daeng".
  • Thailand is made up of about 1,430 islands.


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What to Pack for Thailand


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Sukothai historic park, a top place to visit in Thailand

Driving in Thailand

Thailand drives on the left hand side of the road and speed limits are expressed in kilometres per hour. Road signs are also expressed in both English and Thai. Scooters are great for solo travel in Thailand – but be careful! If you know how to drive them, renting a scooter or motorbike can be one of the best ways to explore Thailand. They are very affordable to rent (usually about $5-8 USD/day) and they can give you the freedom to explore out of the way places by yourself.

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