Thailand is a beautiful country, a favourite of many travellers. As the first place we ever visited as a couple, and a country we’ve returned to on numerous occasions – it will always hold a place dear in our hearts.
From the second you first walk the sweltering, humid and frantic streets of Bangkok, your senses come alive. Rancid street waste, and fragrant spices. The sound of angrily beeping car horns, and the quiet trickle of the river as it flows nearby. The glaringly hot sun, and the icy coolness of a multi-storey shopping mall. There’s nothing that quite compares.
In the south, the sparkling turquoise ocean laps against hundreds of golden, sandy beaches. In the north, you’ll discover a nature lover’s heaven – jungles, temples, caves, waterfalls, wild animals – Thailand’s offerings go on and on.
Thailand is a country we’ll keep coming back to – with its free, 30 day visas for Australians (and a number of other nationalities) and being so well connected to other South East Asian hubs; we know we can rely on Thailand to always deliver – whether that be to tickle our tastebuds, provide a cultural experience like no other, or remind us how to relax.
Thailand, we love you.
Cities We’ve Visited to Date
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, Phi Phi Island, Krabi, Koh Pha Ngan
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We’ve noticed prices in Thailand slowly creeping up on each and every visit. As it continues to grow in popularity, so will it’s prices, however that’s not to say it’s not affordable – it still remains one of Asia’s cheaper countries, and will continue attracting expats for its low cost of living. Look at long-term apartment rentals for better deals and renting transport and eating street food to keep your costs down.
Staying connected in Thailand is easy, with most accommodation and restaurants and cafes offering free wi-fi. You can also pick up a SIM card from vendors in most tourist areas, and some airports even offer free sim cards on arrival. You can then top this up with the appropriate amount of data for your length of stay at any 7/11 or convenience store. We recommended Telco, which you can top up with data that lasts for different lengths of time.
Thailand does tourism well – that means it also communicates well, with many Thais speaking English, especially those in tourist heavy areas. Signage and menus and information centres all have English, and you can generally communicate your message across using a mixture of English, a few Thai words and a lot of gestures.
Transport options abound in Thailand. You can fly cheaply between major cities, and take long haul buses to others. You can hire drivers for the day if you’re doing lots of exploring. Vehicle rental is also possible, if you’re confident driving on Asian roads. Tuktuks are the way to get around smaller towns quickly and cheaply – but bargain hard!
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