Thailand is Asia number one destination, each year its amazing beaches and rich culture attracts more and more visitors. Dubbed the country of smiles, Thai people are usually really hospitable and nice (except when they’re sellers and realize you’re not going to buy anything). Thailand is a place to relax, party, eat and live great experiences.
Here is everything you need to know before visiting Thailand:
- Planning your itinerary
- Getting out-of-the-beaten-path
- What to eat
- Festivals and holidays
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Planning your itinerary:
Weather in Thailand
What to eat in Thailand
The food in Thailand is super tasty and also really spicy. My favorites are the green curry and the mango salad. Pad Thai is also an all-time favorite. If you like sweets, they make a type of pancake with bananas, chocolate, peanuts, and condensed milk, you’ll find it as a street food (spoiler alert: not good if you’re on a diet). They also sell cut fruits everywhere which is so great with the hot weather.
Thai food is usually full of flavors. People use a lot of spices and herbs, and usually, it’s super easy to find veggies. If you’re vegetarian or have allergies, be careful, they tend to add shrimps everywhere.
You’ll find a lot of street food and night markets in Thailand. Try to check out a floating market, some of the boats often sell food directly cooked on the boat, a great experience.
Festivals in Thailand
An important Buddhist holiday is for the Asahna Bucha Day, celebrating Buddha’s first sermon. Usually held in July or August, most Buddhists will donate candles to the temple and parade in the streets, with each participant holding a candle. Another way of celebrating the event is by performing the candle ceremony, called Wian Tian. The Buddhist will walk around the temple, holding a candle, incense, and a lotus flower.
There are much more local festivities held each year such as the Bo Sang Umbrella and Sankhampaeng Handicrafts Festival in Chiang Mai (January), the Chinese Lunar New Year, the National Muay Thai Day, the Pattaya International Fireworks Festival in June, the Phi Ta Khon Ghost Festival and much more…
Transportation in Thailand
Getting around in Thailand is pretty easy, the roads are usually in a good state and the means of transportation modern. To travel between islands the connexions are good and the boats are usually fairly new. Ferries are rare though.
Inland there are a lot of buses, also modern and comfortable, keep in mind that distances are great in Thailand. You can also opt for the train for some destinations, but it doesn’t go much faster than the bus. Another common way of getting around in Thailand is through hitchhiking, many backpackers do it and get picked up easily.
In cities, you can use tuk-tuks or moto-taxis, always agree on the price first. You can also use Grab (same thing as Uber) in bigger cities.
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