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18 Thailand vacation tips for beginners and beginners

(Updated March 2020) Do you want to plan your first trip to Thailand? I (Carsten) went on vacation to Thailand with Anja, we went on a round trip for 2 weeks. Here in the travel blog you will find our Thailand vacation tips on country, route, packing list, long-haul flight, hotels and food. So the Thailand vacation for beginners works smoothly!

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Thailand vacation tips: Traveling to Thailand for the first time

Anja was in Thailand for the first time during her one-year trip around the world, very classic as a backpacker. After that she returned frequently as a travel blogger, most recently in January / February 2020.

Because Thailand is a great travel destination. Here in Southeast Asia you will find dream beaches, Bangkok as a pulsating city, temples, markets, rooftop bars and delicious Thai food.

She had taken over the travel organization for both of us: So she booked the flights, hotels and excursions individually.

Thailand holiday tips for beginners: Anja has one for her luggagePacking list Thailand created as a checklist to print out and tick off. So that you are guaranteed not to forget anything!

You want book cheap flights? That usually overcomes Anja Opodo, the largest online travel agency in Europe. Here you will find 450 airlines and low-cost airlines. For the flights you can also choose “multi-stop”, for example to Bangkok and back from an island. There's Anjas here Long haul flight tips.

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Thailand tips for your perfect route

First time to Thailand - where to go Most of them land in Bangkok, travel further north with Chiang Mai or to the beaches and islands in southern Thailand.

That was ours route for 2 weeks Thailand tour:

  • Flight from Dusseldorf to Bangkok
    With Etihad Airways in a pretty old plane. Anja usually prefers to take Emirates or Qatar Airways, there are often cheap flights with good service. In January / February 2020 she flew there with Lufthansa and back with Swiss - also recommended!
  • 3 days Bangkok vacation
  • Around an hour from Air Asia Flight from Bangkok to Krabi Town in southern Thailand
  • 45 minutes in Taxi from Krabi Town to Ao Nang
  • 5.5 days Ao Nang: Relaxing by the pool of our Ibis Styles Krabi Ao Nang hotel and on the beach, Thai massages, street food and a Thai cooking course. Here you can find an article with more information about Ao Nang and Railay Beach.
  • From Ao Nang in 10 minutes by longtail boat to Railay Beach
  • 1/2 day Railay Beach: very nice beach with its limestone cliffs, albeit a bit crowded
  • 5 days Bangkok: Since it was raining so heavily, we returned here. I flew back to Germany from Bangkok, Anja on to Australia.

By the way, on her last trip to Thailand, Anja had a brilliant one from BangkokAyutthaya day tour made. We went to the palace, temples and ruins of the old royal city by bus and back by ship. She booked it through Get your Guide.

18 Thailand vacation tips for beginners and beginners

1) Stay healthy on your trip to Thailand

Find out about the conditions in the country before you travel. There is the website of the Federal Foreign Office with the current onesThailand travel and safety advice.

There you will find information about:

  • Security, e.g. B. domestic political situation and crime
  • Entry or visa and customs
  • health

Unfortunately for the moment that is Coronavirus a big issue. You will always find the latest information on this too.

There are also references to necessary Vaccinations. Be sure to see a doctor for travel medicine or a tropical doctor in good time - as we did.

And take care of one Foreign health insurance. Neither Anja nor I got sick in Thailand. But that can get really expensive.

By the way: If Thailand is your first long-haul trip, don't be intimidated by the detailed travel and safety information. Caution is good, but Anja has now traveled to 60 countries. She has been to Thailand around 15 times, nothing ever happened to her. Neither an accident nor theft or illness.

Thailand is very suitable for a first long-haul travel destination: Traveling is easy, it is quite cheap and safe, the people are mostly friendly.

2) Pack insect repellent spray - Thailand vacation tips

Mosquitoes can such as diseases in Thailand Malaria or dengue fever transfer. That's why we applied the insect repellent spray regularly.

Anja arrived in Bangkok on her first trip to Thailand. And didn't use the remedy directly at the airport. Result: Around 200 mosquito bites, decoratively distributed over both arms.

3) Thailand: SIM card from the airport or 7-Eleven

Surely you want to use your smartphone while on holiday in Thailand?

Anja had a SIM card on her last trip to Thailand Suvarnabhumi Airport Bought. When you come off the baggage carousel, there are several stalls at the exit.

Anja took the AIS Super Deal: 32 GB in the 4G network = 419 Baht for 10 days. The employee immediately inserted the card and activated it. The internet was fast and worked without dropouts.

On our trip together, we bought in one 7-Eleven in Bangkok's Khao San Road a SIM card. The famous backpacker mile is a bit rocked. But here you can also get great street food, cold Chang beer and foot massages right on the street.

4) Overcome jet lag after flying to Thailand

We landed in Bangkok at 11am (5pm our time) which was the cheapest flight. If possible, you'd better book a plane that doesn't arrive until the afternoon.

Because we sat in the lounge, exhausted and with red, burning eyes. Until our hotel room was finally ready.

These Jet lag tips help:

  • Try to set yourselves directly to the time on site. In other words: If possible, go to bed at your usual time, even if you are tired. Otherwise you will be awake again in the early hours of the morning in Bangkok.
  • Stay in the fresh air and in the sun as much as possible.
  • Take it easy, especially in the beginning. Anja usually books two or three days in a hotel for Bangkok to relax first. Here you will find great Bangkok hotel tips.

5) Thailand vacation tips: weather and climate

Why did we spend 5 days in Bangkok? Because there was atypically heavy rainfall in southern Thailand, up to and including floods.

Definitely look ahead Climate tables at. Where do you find them? Search Google for “best travel time to Thailand” or, more specifically, “best travel time to Ko Samui”. Because the weather differs depending on the region.

And tries to stay flexible. Anja books Hotels through Booking.com and see to it that they do this shortly beforehand cancel for free can. We did the same on our trip and took a cheap flight back to Bangkok.

During one of the heavy downpours I had to pick up Anja in town, she was without umbrella stranded. It also protects against the strong rays of the sun when the weather is nice. So a toddler is really helpful in Thailand.

Sometimes it has to be Rain cape be. Anja once got wet down to her underwear on a boat trip. Not a nice experience even at around 30 degrees.

6) Practical clothing for your vacation in Thailand

In tropical weather the jeans become unbearable - far too warm! I'm very much into shorts, but with side pockets that close well. Because I love to have everything important in a man best. Anja also wore shorts and light cotton shirts in Bangkok.

The clothes in Thailand's capital and in the beach resorts are different.

Bangkok is a big city, here you can see the locals in office or smart casual clothes. In the beach resorts of Thailand, Anja also wears summer dresses and flip flops.

Before our trip to Thailand, I didn't know what a sarong was. I learned from Anja that the colorful towels can be used as bath sheets, towels, cloaks, skirts or headscarves.

Here you can find them Packing list Thailandto print out and tick off.

7) Bangkok: The perfect starting point for your Thailand trip

Flights from Germany to Bangkok are mostly Cheap. And from here you can take a plane, train or bus travel comfortably.

You love or hate Thailand's capital. I liked it with its hustle and bustle and the many sights.

We experience this in the days at the beginning and the end of our journey Highlights in Bangkok:

  • Temples like Wat Pho (including Thai massage) and Wat Arun
  • River trips on the Chao Phraya
  • Street food
  • Chinatown
  • the Lebua Sky Bar (the rooftop bar from the movie "Hangover 2")
  • Shopping malls such as Siam Paragon and MBK Center
  • the Chatuchak Weekend Market
  • Thai Afternoon Tea at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
  • the Unicorn Cafe Bangkok
  • VIP cinema Bangkok with massage, reclining seat & drink

The Ayutthaya day tour to the old royal city with Get your Guide, by bus and boat, is also brilliant.

You can find more Bangkok tips here:
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8) Hotels in Bangkok: Here luxury hotels are affordable!

Anja has stayed in many hotels. According to her, there are the most beautiful accommodations in Bangkok. And even 4 and 5 star hotels are absolutely affordable for two.

Bangkok hotel tips: Here you will find the five best hotels in Bangkok.

I would like to Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn very:

  • Booking.com rating of 9.3 with around 5,800 reviews
  • beautiful infinity pool on the 14th floor with loungers - see photo above
  • delicious food and cool drinks that you can order there or in the restaurants
  • a nice, quiet room with a view of the skyline
  • direct access to the Skytrain station Surasak

On her last visit to the 5 star hotel, Anja Lebua at State Tower (the fifth tallest building in Thailand) stayed:

  • Booking.com rating of 8.8 with around 4,200 reviews
  • City and river views from the rooms. Thanks to the upgrade from her Tower Club Suite on the 51st floor with a balcony, Anja had a great view!
  • There is also a large pool here, although not quite as nice as the Eastin.
  • With the Lebua Sky Bar, the hotel offers the rooftop bar from the film “Hangover 2”.
  • The most important sights are easily accessible via river or sky train.

9) Be careful when driving on the left (Thailand vacation tips)

The cars, scooters and tuk-tuks auto rickshaws drive on the left. Sometimes up to three people or the baby sit in front of the mother in the high chair on the scooters.

Always when crossing the street look to the right first!

10) Driving a taxi in Thailand

If it's on the Thailand trip trouble there, then with taxi drivers.

Because most of them refused to taximeter to employ. They wanted to agree a - usually high - fixed price without the meter.

We then stood on the side of the road and asked five or more taxi drivers in a row. Until, in exasperation, we gave up and took a relatively cheap taxi.

So far, Anja has only had good experiences with the taxis at Suvarnabhumi Airport. However, a fellow passenger reported that the driver simply did not turn on the taximeter, even though it had been agreed. When his passengers noticed it, discussions began. Not nice when you've just arrived after a long flight.

Uber or grave (has replaced the driving service) we haven't tried it in Bangkok yet.

11) Thailand Tips: Driving a tuk-tuk is an adventure

With the Auto rickshaw through Bangkok - it's fun, but with the fast-paced driving style, it's often exciting. Unfortunately, there are always discussions because the tuk-tuk drivers want too much money or make stopovers in shops. You should then buy something there so that they receive a commission.

So: negotiate the price and conditions beforehand. Also have small bills with you so that you can pay appropriately. Otherwise there are again - you guessed it - discussions.

12) Boating and Skytrain in Bangkok = relaxation

The Chao Phraya River runs through Bangkok. The Boat tours are cheap, fast (= no traffic jams) and easy. Sights such as Wat Phra Kaeo, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Chinatown or Khao San Road can be reached on foot from the respective pier.

Also the Skytrain with air conditioning is practical. However, it can get freezing here, just like in shopping malls or in the cinema. It is best to take a light jacket with you.

It will be in the boat as well as in the Skytrain very full. So this is not for people with fear of contact.

13) Credit Card Is Essential - Thailand Vacation Tips

We used the credit card to Withdraw money at the machine to book Flights and Hotels. Anja even had two cards with her.

How do you guys do your best protects against theft? We left some things in the safe in the hotel. Otherwise we distributed cards and cash to different places, e.g. B. in the front pocket or the photo backpack.

14) Take small bills and change with you

20, 50 or 100 baht bills are good for Taxis, tuk-tuks, markets or street food.

At the Skytrain in Bangkok you pay at the machine with 1, 5 or 10 baht coins.

I used 1,000 baht bills from the machine to pay in the mini supermarkets 7-Elevento get smaller bills.

15) Great shopping malls in Bangkok

Bangkok has many beautiful shopping centers: numerous small shops on different floors. Recommended are around Siam Paragon, MBK Center or Terminal 21.

We were always drawn to the Food courts of the shopping malls. There are food stalls in a large hall where you can order. You will then eat at the tables in the middle. Here you can find food from all sorts of countries, mostly very cheap.

16) Thailand vacation tips for eating

First time to Thailand: You can eat well here on every corner. The best thing to do is to try the different colored curries - from yellow to red to green. Massaman curry with peanuts and potatoes or the Pad Thai noodle dish are also very tasty.

I only made the mistake of ordering something spicy once. The papaya salad was hellish sharp and burned for a long time. When Thais say “hot” they mean “extremely hot”.

In Thailand, by the waySpoon and fork used for eating in restaurants.

Don't be afraid of street food! The food at the small stands is freshly made, tastes good, costs little and is usually easy to digest.

Here you can find Bangkok tips food: The 11 most beautiful restaurants, food markets and rooftop bars.

Anja has been there since December 2018 vegetarian, since December 2019 vegan. She has thanks to the Happy Cow app Cafes and restaurants serving plant-based foods found. For street food, she stuck to Mango Sticky Rice.

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Anja has a robust stomach. She has had one only once in all of her travels Upset stomach, in Cambodia.

It was my first time traveling to Thailand and I vomited for two days. A Anti-nausea remedies So belongs in the first-aid kit.

17) Thai massages are awesome (and painful)

When Anja is in Thailand, she usually goes to a Thai massage once a day. Because it's cheap and extremely relaxing.

This is usually how it works:

  • She sees an attractive salon, the prices can be seen on signs outside.
  • At the entrance she takes off her shoes and enters the salon.
  • There she says how long she would like to have which massage. For example a classic Thai massage or a foot massage.
  • She prepaid.
  • During the classic Thai massage, she is given a change of pants and top. Then she lies down fully clothed on one of the floor mats in a large room, the Thai massage works without oil. Even the smallest, most petite Thai women often have bear strength. The massage is therefore sometimes painful, but it is totally relaxing.
  • During the foot massage, the feet are washed first. Then the soles and toes are treated with fingers and wooden sticks. Not for the ticklish! Often the legs or even shoulders and arms are also massaged. Sometimes the foot massage takes place in loungers on the street, then you can watch people meanwhile.
  • Often the salons also have wifi if you don't have a SIM card for your mobile phone.

Anja wished that there would also be no appointment in Germany. And of course it is much cheaper in Thailand than here.

18) Air Asia seats are not intended for Europeans

Air Asia is one Budget airline from Malaysiathat Anja has often used in Asia or Australia.

For the outward flight to Krabi Town, she made us comfortable Hot seats booked with more legroom for a fee. On the way back we took the normal seats, had our knees on our chin and felt like caged chickens.

Our recommendation: Always book hot seats with Air Asia - at least if you are taller (Anja is 1.80 meters, I 1.87 meters) or flies longer distances

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Note: We organized and paid for the trip to Thailand completely ourselves. There was no cooperation on this article.

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