The country of smiles
General aspects of Thailand
The official language in Thailand is Thai. Here you have some of your first words!
Goodbye: Lā k̀xn
Thank you: K̄hxbkhuṇ
Currency: Thai Baht (฿)
The capital: Bangkok
Population: 69,04 million
Main religion: Buddhism (main religion but no official religion in Thailand)
Safety Rating: According to the Global Peaceful Index, Thailand is the number 117 out of 163 countries.
Solo female traveler: Although there are some safe cities for a solo female traveler in Thailand. I would not advise traveling alone to Thailand. As a solo female traveler or even if you travel with a group you should always follow some strict precautions. However you decide to visit the country, enjoy it with all the safety measures, it is an incredible place.
Depending on the area of Thailand, climates are different in the north and the south. Although the climate in Thailand is generally warm and wet, it could be divided into 3 seasons:
a) Southeast Monsoon or rainy season: This season starts in mid-May till mid-October and even though it rains in the whole country, the monsoon states in the southeast of the country. August and September are the rainiest months.
b) Northeast Monsoon or winter: Winter goes from mid-October to mid-February. During this season, temperatures are low in the north part of the country being December and January the coldest months. In the east, the rainfall is more intense in October and November.
c) Summer or pre-monsoon: Summer in Thailand goes from mid-February to mid-May and it is the transaction period between monsoons. During this season temperatures are warmer with April the warmest month.
To sum up, if you can choose when to visit Thailand, the best time of the year is from November to February.
Accommodation in Thailand is generally very cheap and fits perfectly with a backpacker’s budget. As a frequent rule, prices in the capital are lower due to the variety and a large number of options.
- In Bangkok and the main big cities in Thailand, a room shared with other travelers with good facilities and comfy beds is worth 4 $ to 5 $. If you prefer to have your own privacy while visiting the capital of the city, a private room with your own toilet will start in 10 $ approximately.
- Outside Big cities, secondary cities or in more rural areas of the country accommodation is normally cheaper. Although it may seem incredible you could find shared accommodation for 2 $. Generally, accommodation is 1 $or 2 $ cheaper than in the capital.
Thailand is probably the Southeast Asian country with more air connections for international and national flights. Also, connections are usually cheap due to the high number of quality and low-cost airlines operating in the country. The most relevant airports in Thailand are:
- Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok is the most elapsed airport in southeast Asia. Most international flights pass through Bangkok as a connection or final destination.
- Don Muang airport, It is the second airport in Bangkok and the most antique in Asia! Low-cost airlines usually operate here. Good options for national flights at a low price
- Chiang main, Krabi and Pucket airports are a very good option to consider while traveling internationally to Thailand. A good option to consider as the end of your itinerary in Thailand.
By public transport
Regarding public transport, Train and bus are the most used means of transport to move around Thailand. Check all the possible routes with different combinations to arrive at your next destination here.
a) The bus service is comfortable and fast, it is punctual and almost every city has a bus station that makes connections very easy. Prices are also very cheap.
b) The train is the other popular mean of transport in Thailand. Thailand has 4,000 kilometers of a railroad network that transport thousands of backpackers per year. They offer very cheap tariffs and options for every pocket ( First, second and third class). Also, there is the option of night trains between some destinations which makes it cheaper cause you’ll be able to save the expenses of accommodation.
If you go to Thailand, you’ll realize that during every hour of the day, Thai people are ready to eat. They love eating and that makes a lot of sense when you try their food, it is delicious! But…be aware of the spice, they also love spicy food A good and big dish of street food (the best in my opinion ) costs around 1 $ (฿ 35)
The most typical dishes in Thailand are:
- Pad Thai: the most well-known Thai dish all over the world. Stir-fried rice noodles in the wok salted with fish source and veggies. It is soo tasty and yummy!
- Tom Yum Kung (Tom Yum Kung): It is probably the second most traditional dish of the country. This prawn soup typical in Thailand is very spicy so be careful if you are not really used to spices!
- Thai curries: As most of the Asian countries, curries and different spices are very typical on their day to day meals and Thailand could not be less. My favorite curry dishes from Thailand are Gaeng kiew wan (green curry), Panaeng mu (Panang Curry with pork and Massaman curry. Do not forget to try them on your journey to Thailand!
- Som tam (green papaya salad): Originary from the north region of Thailand and its neighbor country Laos, it is a spice salad wich main ingredients…Papaya. Very typical in rural areas. It is very tasty and healthy!
Places to visit in Thailand
Thailand is one of those countries where it is hard to choose only 5 places in the whole country. To help you choose your selected stops during your stay in Thailand I’ve created a complete itinerary that covers almost all the essential spots in Thailand. Check it out here and start creating your itinerary now!
a) Bangkok: The capital of a country is where most of the history and culture remain hidden. Spending some days in Bangkok will give you the possibility of learning a lot of new things about the country and this will let you understand more the local people, traditions and way of life.
b) Chiang Mai: This hippie region in Thailand will leave you speechless, I like everything about it: its environment, culture and the beauty of the numerous temples in the place. It is the kind of place that trap you and make you stay weeks or even months! It is also a paradise for digital nomads.
c) Phi Phi islands and Koh Lanta: These islands are extremely beautiful and special. Even though in high season they could get packed, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the stunning landscape. Get ready to spend some of the best days of your holidays here!