Successful Packing for Thailand in Three Easy Steps
Thailand is without doubt one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia. Within the country you will find incredible cultural and historical sites. Alongside sunning scenery, idyllic islands and amazing food.
The movie industry has taken a real shine to Thailand in recent years, using many of the most picturesque landmarks in movie after Hollywood movie. Tourism makes up round 6% of the country’s economy.
With this amazing country opening to tourists again, this packing guide covers what to see, what to take and how to stay safe in the land of smiles.
Packing for the Main Attractions in Thailand
The Grand Palace in Bangkok
The Grand Palace is perhaps the most famous attraction in the whole of Bangkok. The Palace is situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and is an incredible walled-in complex. Within those walls are the Thai war ministry, the state departments, and the mint. The Grand Palace is considered to be the spiritual heart of Thailand. This dazzling landmark, built in 1872, features an incredible series of pavilions, wats, halls with lavish gardens and royal courtyards. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is not to be missed.
You will need to cover up when visiting – as a mark of respect.
Phang Nga Bay:
This picturesque bay is known worldwide due to its appearance on the James Bond movie ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. This is one of the top tourist destinations in the country with its incredible sheer limestone cliffs that jut out of the emerald-green water. You can enjoy the sites by taking boat trips from the northern end of Phuket, while visiting via a sea kayak is another popular way of enjoying the bay.
Phi Phi Islands:
If you want another movie reference, ‘The Beach’ was filmed here (at Koh Phi Phi Leh). Travellers and tourists travel here to enjoy the incredible beaches. You can enjoy water sports, including snorkelling, scuba diving and kayaking here. You can access the islands via a ferry ride of about 90 minutes from Phuket – or do it in style using a speedboat and get there in half the time. If you enjoy hedonistic nightlife, parties last throughout the night in Phi Phi Don (the larger island).
For something with a truly original feel, the floating markets of Bangkok are a wonderful place to visit. While not so much a place for locals anymore, tourists flock to the markets where you’ll find the boats piled high. Purchase tropical fruits and vegetables, ready to drink juices and the best local foods. You can also enjoy local guided boat tours of the markets.
This is a popular rock-climbing destination that is only accessible by boat. In total there are more than 700 rock climbing routes to enjoy, perfect for those who are visiting Thailand for adventure. As well as the climbing, there are also stunning beaches, as well as many caves to delve into.
What to Pack for a Trip to Thailand?
The Right Footwear: If you are planning on a beach style vacation to Thailand, flip flops and sandals are the obvious choice. When in the country, you will be taking off your shoes before you go into many shops or homes, so you want footwear that can easily be taken off. Velcro-strapped sandals can be the right choice if you intend to mix in walking. For the adventurous, hiking sandals or waterproof shoes can be the footwear of choice.
Clothing: Linen shirts and dresses, sleeveless tees, polo shirts and anything that is light would make the perfect choice. The hottest seasons in Thailand are March through June, when you can expect to get seriously sweaty, with high temperatures and high humidity. Air conditioning is often turned up high in shopping malls and hotels. Make sure you have a light jacket or hoodie for use indoors.
Purchasing a guidebook can be a godsend when visiting a country for the first time. All of the most popular tourist destinations will be listed, as well as the best ways to get there. In addition, you’ll also find a host of information about some of the smaller and less popular destinations, which might not be as crowded.
Mosquitos can be a problem in the country all year long. You can take repellent with you for your trip – or purchase them at stores such as 7-Eleven quite cheaply on your travels. Apply the repellent at the peak times, which would be early morning and at sunset between 5pm and 6.30pm.
With the weather being hot and humid in Thailand, it’s not always evident that you are catching the sun as much as you are. This is especially the case in and around water. Ensure to take (or purchase) sun cream with a high SPF and apply it regularly. The UV index in Thailand is much higher than in many European countries.
Staying Safe in Thailand
This country is safe for travellers, though petty thefts are both common and annoying. I recommend a lockable case, preferably hard shell. This will deter exactly the type of opportunistic theft that is most likely. A money belt to wear under your clothes, and a waterproof tube to take swimming with you are also handy.
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