Thailand is a very popular destination in Asia for tourists. The country is known for its magnificent beaches and crazy nightlife. Thailand trip is a great idea for a vacation with family, friends or your soulmate. Thailand tourism is booming day by day as it encompasses myriad possibilities of exploring various facets of Travel. Be it shopping or island tours, crazy nightlife or exquisite fine dining, gorgeous temples or a dip in Thai culture. Whatever your interests are, Thailand will not leave you unsatisfied.
So, start planning for Thailand soon. But, make sure you read these 4 tips before starting your adventure. I have compiled these from my own experiences.
1) Carrying Cash
While entering Thailand, the Thai immigration authority prefers that you carry at-least 10,000 Baht worth currency with you. You can carry Baht or any other Forex equivalent to 10,000 Baht. However, if you do not carry that much cash, there is no need to tell the Thai immigration officials. In case they ask whether you are carrying that much cash or not, you can humbly say yes.
You can easily withdraw Thai Baht from any ATM in Thailand using your debit cards. If you are carrying VISA card, you will charged 150 Baht for every transaction, irrespective of your transaction amount. If you have Master Card, you will be charged 180 Baht for the same. Hence, plan accordingly.
If you are carrying dollars or any other currency, do not exchange it all at the Airport. You will get a poor conversion rate. You can convert your currency in Baht at any other exchange counters in the city. There are these conversion counters at every nook and corner of any city in Thailand. Also, it is advisable to compare some of the exchange rates as they also vary.
Carry most of your dollars in 50$ or 100$ denominations as they give you the best exchange rate. Lesser the denomination, poor is the exchange rate.
2) Reaching Thailand
For a great Thailand trip, booking flight tickets is obviously the first thing that needs to be done. If your Thailand trip is not more than 2 weeks, you can easily get Thailand Visa on Arrival when you reach Thailand. While booking tickets, you can check Srilankan Airlines, Malaysian Airlines & Bangkok Airways for cheaper options along with Indian carriers.
If you book through Indian carrier, book directly through their website and not any online travel agent. I suggest this because my friend had booked a Spicejet ticket through Goibibo.com for his Thailand trip. Unfortunately, his return flight was preponed and he did not get any intimation. This was because mobile number was communicated falsely to Spicejet by Goibibo.com. As a result, he missed his return flight and had to spend the night at Bangkok airport. However, another morning flight was arranged by Spicejet, but he had to face a lot of inconvenience while waiting for his re-arranged flight. Such incidents can spoil your Thailand trip.
If you want to cover other destinations during your Thailand trip apart from Bangkok, you can also book domestic flights in advance. We wanted to go to Phuket, so we had booked Air Asia flight which was not very expensive. Preferring Flight over train or bus will be quiet convenient and will save substantial time. However, Pattaya is not that far from Bangkok. So, you can choose road transport.
One important point I would like to put across. If you are booking a domestic flight in Air Asia, please pre-book your baggage which is 15 KGs minimum for all passengers. If you pre-book, you will have to pay 300Baht. However, if you don’t pre-book it and you check in directly, you will be charged 900Baht for 15 KGs. You also have options to pre-book baggage up-to 40 KGs. The pre-book charges vary according to the baggage KGs. We ended up paying 1200 Baht extra for baggage as we had not pre-booked it.