Thailand offers so much for the
traveller looking for adventure and new experiences. From tropical beaches and
secluded islands in the south to the rural towns, unique cuisine and rolling
hills of the north, Thailand is a country that deserves to be explored from end
The ‘Land of Smiles’ is a country of
amazing contrasts from the bustling metropolis of Bangkok to laid back rural
villages and white sandy beaches. Thailand caters for everyone - singles,
couples and families. Thai locals are also warm and friendly and will make your
trip a memorable one.
The Grand Palace in Bangkok has been
used by the royal family since 1782. This complex of intricate and beautiful
buildings contains the Emerald Buddha and is still used for official events.
Thailand also has UNESCO world heritage sites like the Ayutthaya ruins, once
Asia’s trade capital and largest city in the world.
From national parks, waterfalls, to
caves, Thailand provides many opportunities to experience the great outdoors. Lazing
around on the beach is popular with Thai visitors, especially around the Phuket
area. The tranquility of the seaside is a welcome change after the hustle and
bustle of Bangkok. The surfing, diving and snorkelling are spectacular and
there are plenty of bars and restaurants along the beach to sip a cocktail and
Thailand is synonymous with shopping
is a shopaholic’s fantasy. There is always time to go shopping at the local
markets or at the large western style shopping centres throughout the country.
You can almost buy anything you want from clothes, antique wood carvings or
‘genuine’ imitation watches and handbags.
Thai cuisine can be classified into
distinct regions which are heavily influenced by seasonally available food,
soil types, and climate. Thai food is a balanced mix of textures, spices, and
saltiness/sweetness. Ingredients from southern Thailand include fresh kaffir
lime and coriander, as well as lemongrass, garlic and chillies. The abundance
of fish, seafood and coconuts in the south shows in numerous dishes that use seafood,
fish sauce, and coconut milk. Northern Thai food includes red meat, salads and
dry curries and is found in places like Chiang Mai.
Thailand has a good transportation
system across with a reliable bus, train and flight network. Private car transfers
between cities are also another option which is affordable and punctual.
advises that you exercise a high
degree of caution when travelling to and within Thailand,
including Bangkok and
Phuket, due to the possibility of civil unrest and the threat of terrorist
Demonstrations in Bangkok and other
parts of Thailand can occur, including in areas frequented by tourists.
Confrontations can be sometimes potentially volatile. Protests may disrupt transport
and infrastructure, with access to hotels and shopping areas sometimes.
Petty crime including bag snatching, hotel
room theft and pick-pocketing and can occur. Violent crime towards tourists and
foreigners does occur from time to time. Sexual assault, food and drink
spiking, assault and robbery against foreigners occurs in Thailand, including
in major tourist spots and cities. Credit card and ATM fraud including skimming
can occur. Keep your valuables close to your body and stay alert, particularly
in crowded areas. Large events such as full moon parties have a higher risk of
assault, arrests, robbery, injuries and lost travel documents.
Tap water may sometimes be unsafe to
drink. Sealed bottled water is easily available and should be consumed to avoid
water borne bacteria. Bottled water should also be used for brushing and
rinsing teeth. Drink sufficient water during hot and humid days to remain
hydrated. To minimize the risk of food poisoning, avoid raw fish, meat or
salads that may have been washed in contaminated water.
Water-borne, food-borne, parasitic and
other infectious diseases (including tuberculosis, cholera, hepatitis,
leptospirosis and typhoid) are prevalent with outbreaks occurring from time to
time. Malaria, dengue fever, HIV/AIDS and rabies exist throughout the year in
the regional areas.
Stings from jellyfish and other marine
life can be fatal. There is also a risk of illness caused by ciguatera,
scombroid (histamine fish poisoning) and toxins in shellfish.
May to October is monsoon season in
Thailand when flooding damage occurs, as well as severe storms. Thailand is
also subject to earthquakes.
The hospitals and medical facilities
in Thailand are generally not as well-equipped as in Australia, and many places
may not treat you unless you can prove you have travel insurance.
While many people in Thailand speak
English, knowing a few words or phrases of Thai will help you interact with the
locals on another level.
- Sa-wat-dee krap - Hello or Good evening/morning
- Baai baai - Goodbye
- Bpehn yahng ngi? - How are you?
- Chai-yoh - Cheers
- Chai - Yes
- Mai chai - No
- Pom [male] cháhn [female] chûee - My name is
- Kuhn chûee ah ri? - What’s your name?
- Nee Tao Rai? - How much?
- Kop kun - Thank you
- Mai pen rai - Similar meaning to ‘no worries’
Visitors to Thailand are also advised
to use common sense and caution while travelling to avoid the potential risks.
Being a smart traveller by getting
vaccinated before you leave Australia and by taking precautions to minimise the
risk of illness, accident or theft while overseas can help improve the chances
of your trip to Thailand being memorable for all the right reasons. However,
some things are outside even the most cautious traveller's control; ensuring you
have adequate travel insurance is an essential way to minimise the costs of an
illness or misadventure in Thailand.
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