To help you get the most out of your visit in Thailand and to help you plan your trip, there are lots of useful tips and pointers throughout this website. They have all been filed under specific categories or topics with some of the most popular ones listed below. Please click on the links (shown in blue) below for specific advice and detailed explanations.
On each specific destination page on this site, I provide general advice on where to stay. I also list my personal reviews of hotels and guest-houses I’ve stayed in under the reviews section of this site. You can use the ‘Compare Thailand Hotels‘ search box on the right to check for hotels and read reviews from other visitors.
Culture and etiquette
Thailand and the Thai people are famous for their hospitality, but there are some important considerations you should be aware of to avoid causing any offence during your stay. Please take a look at the Thailand do’s and don’ts page for a summary of the main things to consider. More cultural hints and tips can also be found here:
To say that Thailand is a country obsessed with food could be an understatement! Take a look at the comprehensive food section for suggestions on what to eat and drink during your stay in Thailand.
Food and drink
What jabs and inoculations do I need for Thailand?
Do I need malaria tablets?
Do I need rabies jabs before I travel to Thailand?
For other more general health issues and advice, please see the listings under the health category. It should be noted that I am not a medical professional and advice offered anywhere on this site is not intended to replace that of your local doctor or health professional. Your doctor or local medical practitioner is the person best placed to give you advice on your individual circumstances.
It’s amazing the reaction you can get from learning just a few words of the local language. If you are on holiday or vacation you won’t be expected (or be required) to speak Thai, but a well-placed ‘thank you’ or ‘hello’ will get you plenty of smiles!
Important news and updates are regularly listed on this site, especially those which could have an impact on tourists. For instance, thaizer.com provided detailed updates on the flooding in Thailand at the end of 2011 and has also kept on top of the regular outbreaks of political upheaval that have hit Thailand in recent years.
Make sure you have at least 6 months validity left on your passport before you travel.
Precautions & Safety
Practical advice on the general things you need to be careful of when you visit Thailand is covered under the precautions category. Also see the news section for any updates on potential trouble-spots.
Although Thailand is a relaxed destination to visit, visitors should always be respectful of local religions and customs. The main religion in Thailand is Buddhism.
Buddhism in Thailand
Whether it is a review of a hotel or a restaurant, I try to offer fair and balanced reviews based on my own personal experiences or thoughts.
Thailand can be a shopping paradise from local markets right the way through to designer malls. Check out the shopping section of the site for more information on where to go, what to buy and when and how to haggle.
Shopping in Thailand
The travel in Thailand section includes information on local transport including internal flights, buses, trains, tuk-tuks and songthaews.
Travel in Thailand
Make sure you’ve got some before you go. Simple as that.
Thailand travel insurance
Some people will require a visa for entry to Thailand and some people won’t. There is no ‘one-size fits all’ policy and whether you need a visa or not will depend mainly on your nationality and the length of your proposed stay. See the links below for detailed information.
Do I need a visa for Thailand?
General visa information
(If in any doubt, you should contact the Thai embassy or consulate in your home country).
What to Pack
What to See and Do
Each individual destination page on this site includes information and advice on what to see and do in that particular town, city or island e.g. Bangkok, Chiang Mai etc. Things to see and do in Thailand are also listed under the tourist attractions category.
When to Go
Where to Go
Information on individual destinations can be found by following the links from the destination section. You may also find the itinerary suggestions below helpful.
Suggested one-week itinerary
Suggested two-week itinerary