Millions of travelers head out to Thailand each year, with most of these at some point visiting the country’s capital of Bangkok. Whether you are heading to Thailand for a beach vacation and are planning on stopping over in Bangkok for a night or two, or are spending your entire holiday there, there are some things which you should do to prepare beforehand.
Thailand is a beautiful country steeped in history, ritual, and tradition. It has a rich culture, amazing food, interesting weather, and friendly people. It’s a very liberal country that openly welcomes millions of people each year. There’s no wonder why it’s high up on the bucket list of most travelers, but visiting isn’t as simple as jumping on a plane and figuring everything out when you get there.
Thailand is located in Asia and so visiting requires a degree of planning. Before you start looking for a budget hotel in Sukhumvit, make sure you take on board our travel tips.
#1: Make Sure You Get a Visa
If you want to enter Thailand as a tourist then you need a visa, and there is no way around this. Whether you are flying into one of the major airports or are crossing the border from a neighboring country, you will need a visa if you have a western passport.
Whilst visitors from some other Asian countries such as Malaysia don’t need a visa, all westerners do. A tourist visa will give you the right of access to the country for a period of 15 or 30 days, but it can be extended if necessary. Make sure that you apply for your visa in advance and remember to take it with you.
#2: Pack for the Weather
Again, Thailand is in Asia – the weather is hot, humid, and unpredictable. It can be sunny one minute then pouring it down with a month’s worth of rain the next. You need to pay careful attention to what you are packing and ensure you are taking appropriate clothing and footwear.
It doesn’t matter how you dress (Thailand is accustomed to underdressed tourists), but you should take a mixture of waterproofs, light cotton clothing, shorts and a jacket or two just in case it gets cold in the evening. When in Bangkok, though, you should try and make an effort – it’s a metropolitan city like any other.
#3: Get Immunizations Done Early
You will need to be vaccinated if going to Thailand and you may be required to show proof of having them done when you get to the border.
Vaccinations such as Tetanus, Hepatitis A/B, Typhoid, and Rabies are all recommended or required and some of these require multiple rounds of injections, so make sure you allow plenty of time to have it all done before you book your trip.
Visiting Thailand, namely Bangkok, is very popular with younger tourists. Whilst it’s a fantastic and beautiful country, there are a few things you need to take care of before you go.