A central travel destination for those visiting Southeast Asia, Thailand is a great place to unwind, relax, and have fun. White sand beaches, tropical jungles, and first class meals on cheap budgets are in store for your vacation. Bangkok is a bustling city full of activities, but there are many others places in the country worth paying a visit. One can easily spend a week in Thailand and still only see and encounter a fraction of what it has to offer, so plan your excursions accordingly!
Flights to Thailand
There are a number of international airports in the country, the two largest and busiest of which are located in its capital city. Suvaranabhumi and Don Mueang transported 68 million domestic and foreign passengers in 2013.
Thailand’s tourism industry has experienced incredible growth, as is also reflected in the sheer increase in traffic to the country’s smaller airports (e.g. Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, and Samui). Given the country’s distance from the U.S., there are no direct, intercontinental flights from America. However, you can book a flight with Cathay Pacific, Emirates, ANA, Delta, Korean Air, Lufthansa, British Airways, Thai Airways, SAS, and Aeroflot (among many others) once you land in an approved departure city.
Things to Do in Thailand: Your Agenda for Fun
Do not leave Thailand without spending at least one day (or night) in Bangkok. If you can get past its overwhelming population density, you will find there are many temples, markets, and nightlife activities to indulge.
Head north for a few hours to Khao Yai National Park, where you can hike into jungle territory (keep an eye out for elephant herds). On the country’s southern end lies another famous park, Khao Sok, one known best for its myriad of caves, rivers, lakes, and other natural wonders!
Tips for Tourists in Thailand
If you have never visited Thailand before, be prepared to be spoiled when it comes to spending cash. From the food to the transportation to the hotel accommodations, this country is super cheap. Guesthouses can be rented for a mere $7 per night (high-end hotels run just over $50). Eating locally will cost you approximately $5 a day, and $1 will get you most places via the country’s bus and metro rail system. Thai is the official language in Thailand, with English typically being spoken by the country’s elite class.
The Taiwanese Baht is used for currency, so remember to stop visit an exchange bank upon your arrival.
Airfare will likely be the most expensive part of your trip to Bangkok and beyond, but with Skyscanner, you can save on cheap flights to Thailand to have even more spending money! Don’t forget to use our hotel price comparison tool to find the best and most affordable accommodations for your stay in Thailand.
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