Thailand Guide 2019 - how to relax on your own

Since 2010, based on my personal experience, II am doing this guide to Thailand. At the moment it is the most voluminous in RuNet. In total, I lived in Tae for about two years, coming to different places for wintering with a child or in the format of a solitary traveler. I have enough experience (I even spoke on the radio and on TV), so I want to share it so that your independent trip to Thailand will go well.

The content of the article

Foreword

I lived in Phuket and Samui, in Krabi and Hua Hin, inBangkok and Chiang Mai. He was in Pattaya, on Pangan, on Koh Chang, on Lanta and other cities in the south and in the north of the country. He moved on all types of transport: airplanes, trains, buses, cars, tuk-tuks, and even tried hitchhiking. He rented various housing, ranging from a villa with a swimming pool, ending with thatched bungalows. Ate a variety of Thai food, including grasshoppers :)

Sure my guide to Thailand will helptravelers and give them the answer to the question of how to relax in Thailand on their own and what you need to do. In my opinion, Tai is a unique combination of advantages, and he simply does not have an alternative now in terms of rest and wintering.

It is also great for those who only wantTo get acquainted with Asia, you can go to Tai first. In Thailand, everything is sharpened by tourists, ranging from ordinary travelers, pumping winterers. A stable climate that allows you to plan a trip, it is easy to rent a house for a short time (even apartments and houses), just move between cities, as transport links are developed and the roads are very good, you can eat normally at every corner. A kind of paradise of everyday comfort, where all the pressing issues are resolved.

Thailand Travel Guide

Thailand Travel Guide

Preparing for the trip

It makes sense to think about many things duringpreparing for the trip, they are all set forth here. For example, it is necessary to make travel insurance, take the right bank card, choose a resort so as not to get into the rainy season, stock up on the necessary things, and take something with you, on the contrary.

Where to go, weather and seasons

At the very beginning you need to decide where you arewill go depending on the current weather. Not everyone wants to go on a vacation during the rainy season. It's one thing when you spend the winter in Thailand and this is not so critical, another thing - if you come for 1-2 weeks on vacation and every sunny day is important.

I described in detail the weather for the seasons, read. From May to October, you should not go to Phuket, Krabi and Koh Lanta, and from October to January you shouldn’t stand on Koh Samui, Phangan and Hua Hin. In Pattaya, Koh Chang and Bangkok, in principle, you can go all year round, but the best time to rest there is from November to February, from March the ebb of the sea begins, it gets dirtier, and in September-October in this region the peak season rains.

Weather in Thailand>

Now let's talk about the differences between resorts.between themselves. If you are not yet an advanced lover of Thailand and have not visited the main resorts, then it does not make much sense to go to a little-known and not very popular place with foreigners, there are very few people who speak English and are less impressed with foreigners. Therefore, the first step is to choose between Phuket, Pattaya, Samui, Koh Chang, as well as Krabi, Phangan, Kao Lak and Hua Hin. The first 4 - the most basic, in my opinion. Also, if you do not need the sea, then you can go to Chiang Mai. I will try to describe the main selection criteria between them.

Phuket

The most popular resort and most choice,because here there are beautiful island beaches, developed infrastructure and there is an international airport, where you can fly direct from Russia. Those who go on vacation recommend choosing, first of all, between the beaches of Patong, Karon, Surin, Kata (and Kata Noi), Nai Harn - approximately in descending order of people. Patong is the dirtiest, but it has the largest accumulation of nightlife and shopping. Kata is a good combination of civilization and the number of people. The beaches of Bang Tao, Kamala and Nai Harn makes sense to consider the winterers or those who are looking for housing on a monthly basis, there is his greatest choice. There are also supermarkets within walking distance to Bang Tao, Kamala and Kate. I really like Nai Harn Beach, but there are very few hotels, cafes and shops around it, I’ll have to live in the distant places in Ravai and go to the sea by transport. From relatively quiet beaches, I advise you to see Nyton and Nai Yang, but there is a minimum of infrastructure. Be sure to drive on Phi Phi.

Phuket Guide>

Phi Phi Guide>

Pattaya

They most often come here by cheap tour and for night.by life. But due to the large amount of infrastructure and entertainment, vacationers with children and independent travelers come here purposefully. From the airport in Bangkok can be reached in 3 hours. It is here that the famous Walking Street is located, although Patong on Phuket is not much inferior to Pattaya in this regard. The resort is one of the cheapest in Thailand, so there are a lot of tourists in the season, and in particular Russian ones. The beaches are not very beautiful and dirty, so it is best to swim on the small island of Koh Lan (30 minutes by ferry) or out of town, for example, to the Military Beach. Some winterers also prefer to live in Pattaya, because of prices, a large circle of communication, infrastructure concentrated in one city (Russian kindergartens, Russian cafes, etc.). You can live on the outskirts of the city (the end of Jomtien Beach, Na-Jomtien Beach, behind Sukhumvit), then the noise and a large number of people will not disturb you.

Pattaya Travel Guide>

Samui

My favorite resort that combinesthe beauty of island beaches (for me they are better than Phuket) and all the necessary infrastructure. If you need nightlife, then you need to settle on Chaweng, although he is very far from Pattaya or Patong in this regard. If you want a quieter place, then Maenam and Chong Mon beach, the latter is considered by many to be the best for children. And something between them and a supermarket within walking distance - Lamai Beach. Koh Samui is much smaller than Phuket, so no matter what beach you live on, it will be possible to drive to the malls and parties on Chaweng in 20-30 minutes, and the whole island travels in an hour in a circle. Monthly housing for wintering camps is on every beach, the choice is big. The main disadvantage of the island is no direct flights from Russia, only with a transfer, and they are even more expensive than direct to Phuket. By land, the journey takes quite a long time, considering the 2-hour ferry ride.

Samui Guide>

Phangan

The island is located near Koh Samui and get to it.even longer since there is no airport. Therefore, either from Samui on the ferry, or from the mainland. Phangan became famous for the large-scale open-air party Full Moon Party, where young people come from all over the world. He is also a Mecca of various yogis, raw foodists and other spiritual students. If you don't need a party or an informal get-together, then you can just enjoy the great beaches, where there is almost a bounty and few people. And since they built several supermarkets, it has become nice to winter here. True, housing, surrendering monthly, mostly simple, bungalow type. Another of the downsides - there is no normal hospital.

Pangan travel guide>

Koh chang

This island is beautiful for its tropicalbeaches and getting to it is easier than to Samui and Phangan. The journey by land from Bangkok takes about 5-6 hours, plus steam for 30 minutes. The island is quite small, the beach is located on its western side, and this part can be reached in less than an hour. The beaches with the most infrastructure are White Sand and Cai Bay. And the whole party on the beach Lonely. Koh Chang has a supermarket, but there is no normal hospital.

Browse all beaches of Koh Chang>

Krabi

Not everyone knows, but Krabi is not an island, buta province with stunning sheer cliffs on the mainland near Phuket. All tourists and wintering camps stop in the small town of Ao Nang (the beaches of Ao Nang and Nopparat Thara), which is located right on the coast. The place is known primarily for serving as a transit point for those who travel to the Railay peninsula, whose beaches are included in the tops of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. But in Ao Nang it is also possible to bathe, you just need to track the ebb and flow of the table from the Internet, because in low tide it’s not that deep, you can’t get to the water itself. But shallow water is good for children. In Ao Nang there is a Tesco supermarket within walking distance and more recently Makro, but you will have to go to Krabi Town 30 km away from large shopping centers. Krabi is 2.5 hours drive from Phuket and it has its own airport. From Ao Nang also float on Phi Phi.

Krabi Travel Guide>

Kao lak

I really liked this resort lastthe trip. It is suitable only for those who do not need nightlife and the main purpose of the trip is a relaxing holiday on the beach. Despite the fact that this is the mainland, the beaches here are almost better and more beautiful than Phuket. But there are very few people even in a season, and the main contingent is European retirees. Unlike Koh Samui / Phangan, it is very easy to get here from Phuket airport, take a taxi for literally 1 hour, but the resort is quite small, the infrastructure is just for recreation, there are no supermarkets or hospitals.

Browse all Khao Laka beaches>

Hua Hin

This is probably the last place to go,when it comes to vacation, despite the fact that the city is only 3 hours drive from Bangkok. The fact is that the beaches here are not for everybody, almost everywhere it’s shallow and to the depth you need to walk, a very strong wind, sand of a dirty gray color. The beaches on the islands are a hundred times nicer. Mostly in Hua Hin, people or kiters who spend the night in the sea spend the winter, well, or those who know exactly why they are coming here (the place is pleasant, a little even European, as it were).

Browse all Hua Hin beaches>

Bangkok

They rarely go to Bangkok, usuallyjust a transit point, if the air tickets were bought exactly to Bangkok. However, anyone who wants to taste the real Asia, I recommend staying here for 2-3 days to walk around the city, see the most top temples, look at Bangkok from one of the viewing platforms (60-85 floor).

What to see in Bangkok>

Chiang mai

Personally, I love the north of Thailand because of the mountains,abundance of national parks and spiritual people. Package tourism is not here, because there is no sea, from the city and is not a resort with all the ensuing consequences. Also pleased here and prices, life is cheaper than in Pattaya. But here you need to go on purpose, for example, for a week in order to drive through the north, making a circle. For independent travelers who love mountains, landscapes, waterfalls and coolness.

What to see in Chiang Mai>

When you have decided on a resort where to go,then you need to choose the beach / area to stay. I tried to make reviews of all the beaches in the main resorts, I hope this will help you in choosing. Follow the links and read. Or you can use catalog of beaches in Thailand and read about each particular beach. Also beaches (with links to their description) are presented on the map below.

Thailand: Beaches

Siam Beach:
Nui Beach:
Freedom Beach:
Paradise Beach:
Hua Beach (Hua Beach):
Laem Ka Beach:
Ao Yon Beach:
Layan Beach:
Tri Trang Beach:
Karon Noi Beach:
Ao Sane Beach:
Panwa Beach:
Beach at Cape Panwa Beach:
Nai Harn Beach:
Yanui Beach:
Rawai Beach:
Chalong Beach:
Kata Noi Beach:
Kata Beach:
Karon Beach (Karon Beach):
Patong Beach:
Kalim Beach:
Nakalay Beach:
Beach hotel Naka Phuket:
Merlin Beach Resort Beach:
Kamala Beach near Kamala Aquamarine Resort:
Kamala Beach:
Laem Sing Beach:
Surin Beach:
Pansy Beach (Pansea Beach):
Bang Tao Beach:
Banana Beach:
Beach Andaman White Beach Resort:
Beach Hotel Trisara Resort:
Naithon Beach:
Nai Yang Beach:
Mai Khao Beach:
Sai Kaew Beach:
Laem Sala Beach:
Bang Pu Beach:
Sam Phraya Beach:
Sai Cave Beach:
Dolphin Bay Beach:
Beach near Khao Daeng:
Arunothai Beach:
Thongson Bay Beach:
Bang Saen Beach:
Sai Noi Beach:
Khao Takiab Beach:
Tao Beach (Khao Tao Beach):
Suan Son Beach (Suan Son Beach):
Hua Hin Beach City Beach:
White Sand Beach:
Klong Prao Beach, north:
Kai Bae Beach:
Entrance to Chai Chet Beach:
South Klong Prao Beach:
Lonely Beach:
Beach:
Long Beach:
Continued Long Beach and Memorial:
Klong Koi Beach Beach:
San Noi Beach:
Beach Wai Check (Wai Check beach):
Klong Son Bay Beach:
Pearl Beach:
Bailan Bay Beach:
Beach near Tree Top Adventure Park (Lisca Beach):
Beach Resort Grand Lagoona:
Cliff Cottage Beach:
Chaweng Beach:
Lamai Beach. North:
Lamai Beach central part:
Lamai Beach, the southern part of Lamai:
Chaweng Yai Beach:
Chaweng Noi Beach:
Maenam Beach:
Na Thien Beach:
Laem Set Beach:
Thongsai Bay Beach:
Hua Thanon Beach:
Chong Mon Beach:
Ban Thai Beach:
Bang Po Beach:
Phang Ka Beach:
Thong Krut Beach:
Thong Tanod Beach:
Bo Phut Beach:
Thongtakian Beach:
Beach Hotel W-Retreat Koh Samui:
Bang Khao Beach:
Laem Nan Beach:
Nahai Beach:
Taling Ngam Beach:
Lipa Noi Beach in Thong Yang Bay:
Coral Cove Beach:
Plai Laem Beach:
Nathon Beach:
Laem Yai Beach:
Thong Plu Bay beach:
Bang Makham Beach:
Bang Rak Beach:
Samrong Bay Beach:
Military Beach (Saikaew Beach):
Cha Am beach:
Pran Kiri Beach:
Beach with Babische or Puk Tien Beach:
Nang Ram Beach:
West Railay Beach:
Phranang Cave Beach:
Ton Sai Beach:
East Railay Beach - technical:
Jomtien Beach:
Baan Amphur Beach:
Bacco Beach:
Ambassador Beach:
Bang Saray Beach:
Sunset Beach:
U-Tapao Beach:
Wong Prachan Beach:
Pattaya Beach:
Cozy Beach:
Pratamnak Beach:
Dongtan Beach:
Tham Phang Beach on Sichang Island:
Tawayen Beach:
Thong Lang Beach:
Tai Yai Beach:
Nual Beach (Naul, Monkey Beach):
Tien Beach:
Samae Beach:
Sang Wan Beach:
Wongamat Beach:
The beach cafe 'Cabbages & Condoms' and Hotel Asia:
The Zign Hotel Beach:
Wong Prachan Beach or Crescent Moon:
Khuk Khak Beach:
Bang Niang Beach:
Nang Thong Beach:
Sunset Beach:
Sandy Beach:
Khao Lak Beach:
Pakarang Beach:
Pak Weep Beach:
Bang Sak Beach:
Pai Plong, Centara Hotel Beach:
Ao Nang Beach:
Beach Nopparat Thara:
Pan Beach:
Klong Muang Beach:
Tubkaak Beach (Tup Kaek) Beach:
Ao Thalane Beach:
Ao Nam Mao Beach:
Shell Fossil Beach:
Sai Nuan Beach:
Haad Yao Beach:
Haad Son Beach:
Haad Salad Beach:
Mae Haad Beach:
Malibu Beach:
Chaloklum Beach:
Fanta Beach:
Leela Beach:
Haad Chao Phao Beach:
Shritanu Beach (Sri Thanu Beach):
Zen Beach:
Naked Beach or Nudist Beach:
Haad Gruad Beach:
Untitled beach:
Ao Hin Ngam Beach:
Haad Baan Kai Beach:
Haad Khom Beach:
Haad Rin Nok Beach:
Haad Thong Lang Beach:
Haad Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach:
Haad Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach:
Haad Tian Beach:
Haad Wai Nam Beach:
Haad Yao East Beach:
Haad Yuan Beach:
Ao Ton Sai Beach (right side):
Bambu Island and Beach:
Monkey Beach Beach:
Bamboo Beach:
Kantiag Bay Beach:
Klong Dao Beach:
Klong Nin Beach:
Klong Toab Beach:
Klong Hin Beach:
Lana Beach:
Lo Ba Kao Beach:
Loh Moh Dee Beach:
Loh Samah Bay Beach:
Long Beach Beach:
Long Beach Beach:
Maya Bay from the movie:
Nui Beach:
Nui Beach:
Relax Beach (Relax Beach):
Bottle Beach:
Haad Rin Nai Beach:
Ao Hin Lo Beach:
Ao Plai Laem Beach:
Ao Wok Tum Beach:
Ao Hin Kong Beach:
Ao Nai Wok Beach:
Thong Sala Beach:
Ao Ban Charu Beach (Ao Baan Charu Beach):
Ao Baan Thai Beach:
Naturist Beach:
Ao Sieo Beach:
Koh Kwan Beach:
Phu Lei Beach:
Lo Dalum Beach:
Viking Beach 1:
Viking Beach 2:
Laem Thong Beach (Phi Phi):
Rantee Bay Beach:
Nung Long Beach:
Klong Khong Beach:
Nui Bay Beach:
Lanta Secret Beach:
Kaw Kwang Beach:
Had Klong Jaak Beach:
Ao Ton Sai Beach (left):

Visa issues

In Thailand, visa-free travel for Russian citizens. This means that if you are traveling for up to 30 days, then you do not need any visa. Therefore, for most travelers, it all comes down to several options.

I covered this question in great detail in my post - All about a visa to Thailand: types, terms, overstays, stamps, vizaranaread. And now the essence is short.

  • At the entrance to the border, you will be stamped for 30 days. Also this stamp can be later extend in place at the immigration office (available at each resort)another 7 days for 1900 baht. Thus, you can stay in Thailand for 37 days without a visa. It is a frequent case when the period of stay is about 31-32 days, in this case, you can not do the extension of the stamp, but simply leave the country with oversteem. For every day of the overstey you pay 500 baht per person. But I would not advise going with overstey for more than 3 days.
  • For a longer trip will need to issue single entry visa. It is given for 60 days with the right to extendlocation in the immigration office for another 30 days for 1900 baht. Total we have 90 days of stay. You can issue such a visa at the Thai consulate in Moscow or in St. Petersburg. If you are from another city, the easiest way is to fly a stamp, live for 30 days, and then go / fly to a neighboring country and get a one-time visa there. Usually drive for one time in Laos or to Penang (Malaysia).
  • In case you need to spend even more time in Thailand, then you will need to go to the so-called vizarany. This is a trip to the border for a new stamp (to cambodia. to malaysia. to Burma) or to a large city in a neighboring country inembassy for a new visa. Earlier it was possible to stamp for stamp many times, now with this difficulty, a bribe is required or to know at which land border crossing the least problems arise. Therefore, the easiest way to go just for visas, they can be done about 3 pieces in a row, and then, as a rule, the border guards begin to have questions. You can also make a student visa and learn English or Thai.

Tickets to Thailand

The most popular question is about the flight to Thailand. Unfortunately, there are no special secrets how to buy tickets 10 times cheaper. The basic rules work: tickets are monitored and booked in advance, and flights with transfer are almost always cheaper than direct ones. You can also buy a ticket for a charter flight, especially when burning can be inexpensive. But after Transaero left us, there were fewer good offers. How and where to look for tickets, what prices are, I stated in the post - How cheaper to fly to Thailand. Now it makes sense to calculate an average of 25 thousand rubles for a round-trip flight for a connecting flight. Until Tay fly on a direct flight of 9-10 hours, on the transit - from 12 hours to a day.

Do not forget about the need return ticket or a ticket to a third country. If you are traveling on vacation, then you will definitely have it, but for those who are going on an independent and long journey, and are flying with a one-way ticket, I recommend to study this issue in advance.

For those who are looking for flights to Thailand, I advisesearch through Aviasales and Skyscanner, we have been using them for many years now. In one search engine it is convenient to look at one thing, in another another, prices differ slightly.

Medical Travel Insurance

You need to know that the first available insurancemay be non-working, especially for insurance, attached to the tours. Asia is an unprofitable region for insurance (many applications), so some unscrupulous insurance will try to find a reason to refuse you. I constantly monitor changes in insurance and all my recommendations are set out in my rating. If you do not know what is asistens, what kind of insurance to choose, how to use insurance on the spot correctly, then you should definitely read my post carefully.

My insurance rating>

Travel medical insurance is a tadIs not the first important purchase. No, it is optional, as in the case of a Schengen visa, but it must be done. Medicine in Thailand is expensive and if you have problems you can seriously get money, bills can amount to hundreds of thousands of rubles. Believe me, I know what I'm talking about, I have already come across, unfortunately. To select insurance there is a super service Cherehapa, unique in its approach to insurance. Even help to solve insurance claims.

View insurance prices>

There you can compare prices for severalinsurance and choose something suitable. This service has excellent technical support, they will always answer your questions and advise (you need to write in the chat) what to take in your particular situation.

Booking a hotel

I'll start right away with life hacking. We find the hotel on the usual Booking, read reviews, choose. Then go to the cool service. RoomGuru and drive in the name of the hotel found there. As a result, we get all the discounts on this hotel, which are at this moment. In different booking systems the price will be different. Book where cheaper. Profit

But you can initially look for hotels in RoomGuru,it's comfortable. Few people know that in Asia (and in Thailand as well), it’s better to use not Booking, but Agoda, since this booking service is designed for Asia, it has the largest database of hotels. But at the same time on Agoda sometimes there are no hotels with Booking, and vice versa. Thus, it is possible either to look directly into Rumguru, which these 2 bases and a couple of dozen others take into account, or to sort through sites one by one.

Hotels in Thailand>

Also give links to some of their reviews.

- Best hotels in Samui on various beaches
- Hotels on Koh Samui with private beaches

- The best hotels in Phuket on various beaches
- Top hotels in Khao Lak

- Transit hotel in Bangkok near the airport
- Budget hotel in the center of Bangkok.

Rent a house or apartment

It is best to book a house or apartment in advance,then the choice of housing will be wider and the prices are more adequate. In the peak season (December-February) with housing becomes tight. If you arrive for a period of less than a month, then I would rather look for a hotel, much better rest will work.

If you are traveling to Thailand for the first time, thenI recommend to book a house or apartment in advance. This is done only through a realtor. Yes, they are not engaged in the cheapest housing and take a commission, but this allows you to avoid unnecessary trouble in an unfamiliar country. Believe me, independent searches on the site is a difficult task and it is not worth it. You're going to rest.

Send me a request, advise a trusted realtor, whom I myself trust. And then in recent times a lot has become a scam.

Send request>

Low cost travelers and winter drivers most oftenrent a house or rent an apartment for a long term (several months). I already had to live in cheap houses, you can follow the links and see how they look: house on Phuket, (house on samui. house in Krabi. Qwira in Hua Hin. apartment in bangkok.

Honestly, I lived in houses for a long time and now II prefer to live only in apartments. They are much closer to the European understanding of housing. This applies to furniture, kitchen and general repairs. Yes, they are more expensive, but also more comfortable. In addition, it is always nice to have a swimming pool and gym in the building.

If you do decide to search for housing yourself, then my instructions to you are:
- How to rent a house
- How to rent an apartment

When I lived on Samui and Krabi, I made 2 house catalogs: on samui and by Krabi. They are useful to you for self-rental, use. There is a map, photos, contacts. For apartments, too, several smaller reviews were made: on Phuket. in bangkok and in chiang mai.

What things to take with you, USD / EUR or cards

Currency and rate

The currency in Thailand is Baht (THB). Dollars or euros on the street can not be paid, only baht. You do not need to bring rubles either, you can exchange them in rare exchangers and at a bad rate. A few years ago, the baht to ruble exchange rate was 1 to 1, which was very convenient (and cheap), but now the exchange rate is about 1 to 2 not in favor of the ruble (1 THB = 1.8 RUB for January 2018), that is, all prices in Thailand You can easily multiply by two to get the amount in rubles.

Money and Bank Cards

I am not a fan of carrying cash with meand I do not advise you. If you lose money (or they steal it from you), then it will happen irrevocably. In the case of cards, you will not lose anything, or only a small part, you just need to set limits on operations in advance and know how to block the card. Yes, in Thailand, cards are accepted only in supermarkets, in shopping centers, when renting a car at the airport, but it is better to withdraw cash from the card at an ATM than to carry a large amount with you right away.

ATM instructions>

My selection of travel maps>

Take $ 300-500 in cash, that’s enough for youwhat happens, and a few bank cards. Just a few, not one! That in case one is lost or blocked, the second worked. What cards to take? Read, I constantly update info.

Things

In principle, Thailand is an ordinary resort, thereforeOn vacation you need to take all the same thing that you would take on any trip to the sea. You just need to remember that it is practically always hot there, so clothes should be light and light. And it is desirable to take the sun cream with the maximum protection factor, as in Thailand they are sold mainly with weaker factors. The main conclusion I made is that you don’t need to take a lot of things, you can buy almost everything on the spot, and the prices for shorts, T-shirts, and light dresses are ridiculous, even though the course has grown. Yes, most of these clothes will not last long, but you can buy branded clothes at home (and you should buy them at home). So the most important thing is to take yourself, your head, good mood, money, passport, as well as specific medicines or objects. I have everything very detailed described here - What to take with you to Thailand from things.

Separately, I note that if you are thinking of goingto the north and generally travel around the country, then you will need a set of warm clothes (pants, sweatshirt, socks). In buses and trains it is very cold, as well as in the north of Thailand, it reaches zero in the mountains. Here is sample content my backpack in single trips. When I go with my family for wintering, we have much more things in the suitcase.

Also you can read separately what to bring from Thailand for your loved one and your relatives / friends.

How much money should I take with me

Vacation or travel

Finance is one of the most interesting people.questions. But the problem is that it is impossible to give everyone the answer, how much he will spend. Too everything is individual and depends on the specific needs of the person. In Thailand, you can come as an inexpensive vacation, and at a luxury. You can only focus on prices of goods and services and self-estimate their spending.

However, in order to facilitate your task, I can try to give you a certain average budget that will suit the average tourist, whom I myself am also sometimes: $ 50-100 per person per day. For the money you get a normal rest, but without any frills. In a little more detail I wrote about this in a post on the link above. Well, and you can see the cost of a specific - 10 day trip to Thailand.

Wintering and spending monthly

Keep in mind that you have with me or with someone from other bloggers, the needs / approaches may be completely different, which is why your spending in Thailand may differ dramatically in both directions. I wrote a post with housing priceswhere he told me why I would rent a house for 15 thousandbaht, and you are barely able to find New Year’s Eve for 30 thousand baht, and the housing will be about the same. In general, one can say that one can live in Tae cheaply if there is such a desire and necessity. You just have to understand a number of things, for example, that just living is not at all the same thing as coming to rest to the fullest. With a long stay much less spending on all sorts of entertainment / excursions / bars, plus rental housing or cars will cost less if monthly rented.

On average, it is believed that an ordinary family of 3 people needs about $ 1000 per month (approximately 35,000 baht), a kind of average budget. We somehow lived together and rather modestly in Phuket on 24,000 baht. And then they lived not very much saving the three of them with the child on Samui on 60,000 baht. I can also say that the very first wintering in Chiang Mai took 16,000 baht altogether, and the last in Phuket 80,000-100,000 baht. There is always a choice how much to spend.

Vaccinations, insects and safety

Vaccinations

Many are interested in whether to be vaccinated. So, there are no mandatory vaccinations for Thailand, this is not Africa, where you definitely need to be vaccinated against yellow fever. From diseases like dengue fever and malaria vaccinations do not exist, so you (inincluding children) need only standard vaccinations that you do at home. Malaria occurs infrequently and more need to fear Dengue. Many of my acquaintances had been ill with her. It is tolerated like the flu, usually with two waves of temperature. It is important to remember that to beat the temperature when Dengue is needed with paracetamol, and not with ibuprofen (nurofen) and aspirin, so it makes sense to take paracetamol with you (our first aid kit) and shoot them down first, until you applied for insurance at the hospital and you were not diagnosed.

Insects

Thailand is a tropical country, so noNo wonder that there is full of all living creatures: mosquitoes, geckos, frogs, ants, snakes, scorpions and even monitor lizards. But don't be alarmed, most people only come across mosquitoes, yes geckos. Moreover, mosquitoes are not a problem to buy a repellent, and geckos are generally cute creatures. Ants come to those who leave food leftovers outside the refrigerator, they especially like mangoes and shrimps, gourmets are straight. For all my time in Thailand, I saw only once a snake and a scorpion in a living form. The main rule, you want fewer living creatures - do not settle in houses, but apartments (hotels), and as high as possible by the floor. And, of course, do not meddle with bare legs in thick and high grass. In general, the more urban area you have, the smaller the fauna. Detailed with photos - What insects are in Thailand.

Security

Thailand is a safe country if we talk aboutrobberies. Yes, as soon as something like this happens, the media inflates it to high-profile stories. But if you look at the statistics, you will understand how few serious crimes there are. In Tae, it’s absolutely not scary to walk through deserted and unfamiliar back streets at night, it’s safe to spend the night on the track in a car, a randomly forgotten thing will probably wait for you somewhere. But you shouldn’t relax at all either, you should always observe the elementary safety rules.

The main problems are accidents (especially on bikes)and theft from rented homes. They usually steal at night and the presence of owners in the house does not interfere, so check locked windows and doors (it is advisable to have bars on the windows) and do not settle in detached houses without neighbors. Also, they sometimes steal from a hotel room, but I myself and my friends have not yet come across this. If you are very afraid, book a hotel where there is a safe in the room, well, or, at least, do not leave money and equipment in sight.

The language barrier

Well, if you know English at leastschool level. But his ignorance is not a problem, especially if you are traveling to Pattaya / Phuket, where signs and menus are often found in Russian. Among tourists, I constantly see those who literally know a few words in English and for them this is not a problem. Much can be explained with gestures, and understand the answer just by guessing the meaning (impressions from communication with the Thais). Therefore, if you are not a complete introvert, then you can handle it without any problems, you don’t have to discuss politics and philosophy with Thais, but to replace a towel in a hotel or go to a cafe. Here's my advice to you - install the Google Translate application on your phone and download English, Russian and Thai dictionaries in advance, then the translation will be available without mobile Internet. Or remember phrases in thai.

Transportation of animals abroad

I would not have steamed a cat or a dogweeks of vacation, it is much easier to find someone from friends or relatives with whom you can leave them. Another thing, if you go for a long time. However, it is not so difficult to take an animal with you - To Thailand with a dog or cat.

On the spot upon arrival

How to get from the Thai airport to the hotel

Phuket tickets are usually more expensive than before.Bangkok But if you are going to rest on Phuket, Khao Lak or Krabi, then it is very doubtful to fly first to Bangkok. There is a slightly different situation with Samui, there are simply no direct flights, and in any case there will be a transfer to Bangkok. But I already wrote about this in choosing a resort.

How to get to the hotel from the airport Phuket. Samui and Krabi You will learn by reference. It describes all the methods, including public transport, transfers and taxis. But I’ll run ahead and say that the easiest and most comfortable way is to book a transfer in advance via the Internet, then upon arrival you will be met with a sign with your name and taken to the desired hotel. Zero problems.

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Transit in Bangkok, how to get to the resort

If you are going to Pattaya, on Koh Chang, in HuaHin, as well as to Chiang Mai or Bangkok itself, then you will fly to Bangkok. Usually, it is to Bangkok that the tickets are the cheapest, both for flights with transfers, and direct ones. And from there you will get to the resort you need by plane, bus or train.

There are two international airports in Bangkok: Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang. From Russia you will fly to Suvarnabhumi and ifthen you transfer to AirAsia or NokAir, then you will need to go to Don Muang. Don Muang is often flown from other Asian countries, for example, from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, etc. The links you can read all the information on airports, how to move between them, and how to get to the city. Looking ahead, I will say that the easiest and fastest way is to drive Taxiit is cheap in bangkok.

If you are not going to stay in Bangkok, then below you will find links to detailed descriptions of all the ways to get to the nearest resorts.

- How to get from Bangkok to Pattaya
- How to get from Bangkok to Koh Chang
- How to get from Bangkok to Hua Hin

If you bought tickets to Bangkok because of their price, and in fact you are going much further, then I have instructions for you.

- How to get from Bangkok to Samui
- How to get from Bangkok to Phuket
- How to get from Bangkok to Krabi
- How to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Mobile 4G Internet and WiFi

Cimka you can buy, or online in advance in 2times cheaper, either at the airport in the arrival area, or in any minimarket 7/11 or Family Mart, of which there is full everywhere, or at the points of sale of the sims. There are 3 operators in Thailand: DTAC. AIS and True. Everyone has good 4G / 3G coverage in resorts andbetween cities. How many traveled, only in the mountains in the north I stopped catching the Internet. Mobile Internet is connected with a daily / weekly / monthly traffic package. Prices are normal. All the details read above links. I usually use DTAC.

Simka DTAC is 2 times cheaper, Bangkok>

Simka DTAC is 2 times cheaper, Phuket>

Almost every hotel, apartment or house has Wifi. The speed is not very high and is about 30/10 Mbit (asymmetric channels are often used), but it is quite enough for surfing and work. But with stability everything is average, much worse than in an ordinary Russian city. The best internet connection is when you have your own personal channel / router (this is possible in the house or in the apartment), because in the hotel the internet is divided into all the guests. Therefore, if you come for a long time and the Internet is important to you, then find out this question before you sign the lease agreement.

Exchange or withdraw money

In Thailand, it is not a problem to exchange currency. At any resort is full of currency exchange offices and banks where it can be done. And if banks often work hours to 15-16, then the exchangers are almost around the clock. The course is about the same everywhere, only at the airport a little worse. It's not a problem to remove from the card either, there are ATMs near each bank, and also near the 7-11 minimarkets. I wrote about everything in detail in the post - How to withdraw money.

Food in Thailand

I really love Thai cuisine, and absolutelynot tired for all the times. But I know that there are those who consider it monotonous / tasteless and prefer to eat in European cafes or cook at home. The latter is relevant in the case of a long stay in Thailand and rental housing with a kitchen. In hotels, if it is not apart-hotels, there is usually no kitchen.

First of all, it is worth knowing that Tai is one big cafe (cafe and street food). Almost at every corner there are cafes and shopping malls, it is difficult to remain hungry. Skullcaps are essentially a mobile kitchen (on a bike), all food is cooked in front of you and there are often no tables or chairs. It is believed that the most delicious food is sold in the makashnits, as well as in inexpensive Thai cafes, because they do not have refrigerators and everything purchased in the morning needs to be sold in a day, which is why everything is fresh. There are no less presentable cafes and restaurants, but there the food is more adapted for Europeans, as well as a larger range of dishes, including European cuisine. Poisoning is rare, especially when talking about low-cost cafes.

The second thing to know is that in Thailand there are no convenience stores within reach. There are either meeting in every street 7-eleven minimarketswhere the main products are water, chips, nuts, several ready meals, as well as household trifles, such as shampoo and toothbrush. Either large chain supermarkets Tesco, Big C, Makro, Tops Market, Villa Market with a full range of products and other goods (furniture, appliances, etc.), and where to go by transport. They are similar to our Auchan. There are also marketsselling vegetables, fruits, meat and seafood.

If you go for a long time, then you will be relevant post - How to find familiar products. And he also wrote separately on the topic - How to feed a child in Thailand. At first, in supermarkets it is not clear where that is, but almost everything is sold, well, or very much. But it should be understood that imported goods, as well as the fact that Thais do not particularly eat, will cost more.

Moving around the country

Instructions on how to travel between cities

The fastest way is airplanes. And in principle, he is not very expensive. For example, a Bangkok-Phuket flight costs an average of 1,500 baht. As a rule, everything will come down to buying a ticket from AirAsia.com or NokAir.com. The first flies in Asia, the second mainly in Thailand. Prices are about the same, for service I like NokAir more.

Between cities, so many people move to buses. Bus service is very developed in Tae,buses are new and comfortable. If you calmly endure hours-long journeys (especially night ones), then this option is for you. Unfortunately, there are no sleeping buses in Tae (when you can go straight), but maybe someday they will appear. The ticket is inexpensive and depends on the class (Vip, 1, 2), for example, 800 km - 500-1000 baht.

There is a railway connection here too, butless developed compared to the bus, so it is not always convenient to use the train. In addition, trains are often late, which is not the case with buses. On the other hand, it is in the train that one can fully sleep on a reclining shelf. All the details in the post about Thai trains.

- How to get from Bangkok to Pattaya
- How to get from Bangkok to Koh Chang
- How to get from Bangkok to Samui
- How to get from Bangkok to Phuket
- How to get from Bangkok to Krabi and Ao Nang
- How to get from Phuket to Khao Lak

- How to get from Bangkok to Hua Hin
- How to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
- How to get from Bangkok to Ayuthaya

- How to get from Pattaya to Koh Chang
- How to get from Hua Hin to Samui and Koh Phangan

Scooter and car rental

The easiest place and short distancemove on a scooter, which is often called just a bike. It can be easily rented, rental points are full at any resort and prices are reasonable. The most popular bikes here have a volume of 100-150 cubes, that is, they are quite suitable for carrying two people. At the box office, rights will not be asked, but by law they are needed and if the police stop, then pay a fine, and there may be problems in case of an accident. There are some peculiarities, and of course there is a danger too, we must be careful.

All about renting a scooter in Tae>

Those who are too afraid to ride a bike foror for other reasons, or just not confident in their abilities, it is better to take the car. It is also good for long distances and for traveling by company. If you still doubt and do not know which is better car or bikethen look at my comparison.

I personally don’t risk it and never put a child onbike, so when I move with my family I always rent a car, which I advise you. And lately, I actually moved to a car for moving between cities, but I take a bike only in place, for short local trips. It is best to rent a car from international network distributors, it is safer, no misunderstandings with contracts, deposits and insurance. Well, and life hacking, if you order a rental through an Economybook broker, the prices will be lower, and the broker’s website is also in Russian when the rental is in English.

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What to see in Thailand

The main attractions are Thai andChinese temples, beaches, national parks with waterfalls, zoos and amusement parks. From active - rope parks with trolls, ATVs and all sorts of water activities: diving, jet skis, bananas. Of course, at each resort there are also sea excursions to islands with snow-white beaches and snorkeling.

There will be a lot during the first trip to Asiaoutlandish, even the dishes in local cafes and fruits, they can also be considered a landmark. A set of entertainment, plus or minus, is the same everywhere, the scale depends only on how large the resort is. Also, avid travelers make sense to ride through the north of Thailand, there are mountains, and the normal height of the waterfalls, and stunning views.

What to see in Pattaya
What to see in Phuket
What to see on Samui
What to see in Koh Chang
What to see in Krabi
What to see in Hua Hin

What to see in Bangkok
What to see in Chiang Mai

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P.S. The guide is compiled from 2010 to 2019, the information is constantly updated and updated. Please support the project: like and share on social networks.

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