THAILAND is usually known only for Bangkok and is thought of as shady ,all about partying etc etc
But there's much much more to the kingdom of Thailand than just Bangkok!
I spent 2 days in Bangkok, 3 days in Krabi and 3 days up in the north (Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai) and all 3 locations are entirely different from each other!
Bangkok is indeed a bit shady and good for party animals and well other things.
Krabi is too beautiful to be described in words with all the pretty islands and perfect scenic locations.
North is more about culture ,the soulful and peaceful temples, the safaris, the mountains etc.
And I had the privilege to explore it all in 10 days under 50k!
TOURIST VISA :
You can get visa on arrival for about 2000 baht which costs about 4500 INR!
But there's a long queue for voa and everyone's exhausted from the flight already so I'd suggest to apply for a visa from here itself!
Visa in India also costs comparatively less!
So if you're on a budget trip or a newbie, get your visa well in advance to be on safer side!
Visa here costs only 2500 INR
Just go to the thailand embassy and submit the documents as mentioned.
You're usually asked for :
2] Return tickets and hotel bookings prints
3] Bank account statement of past 6 months, you must have a balance of at least 45-50k in your account or else visa is likely to be rejected
4] Your itinerary for the no of days you're travelling
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE GOING TO THAILAND:
1] People of Thailand don't understand English much so it's very difficult to communicate.
You need to be really patient with them and try not to get pissed if possible :P remember you travel to relax and enjoy so don't get into unnecessary arguments due to misunderstandings.
You'll need Google maps every moment ,so go for an unlimited data plan, you'll easily get a sim at the airport in 200 Baht
Try to learn a couple of thai words if possible.
2] Bangkok is specifically for party lovers, there is not much to explore in Bangkok so 2 days are more than enough in Bangkok!
It is a bit shady indeed so be careful about the places you're going to be visiting especially if you're a female solo traveller or going in a girls group.
3] Bargaining is really important! You don't wanna end up paying unnecessary money to anyone!
So do your research, make sure your internet is always working!
Look it up and bargain and go for the rates you think are appropriate!
Do your homework!
4] There's an Uber counterpart in Thailand ,it's called Grab! Check the prices in grab everytime you book a tuk tuk or a private cab!
Go for public buses if possible everytime, they're good ac buses and the cheapest option!
Make sure you know however where exactly to get down!
5]You must stay at hostels not only for budget travel but to meet people from around the world!
It's truly one of the best things about staying at hostels!
Also the prices are around 600-700 INR on an average
Do proper research on hostelworld and Tripadvisor.com
I booked all the hostels through hostelworld app!
Read the reviews and facilities carefully and book it!
6]There are many places which shutdown by 5-6pm in Thailand! So you've got to check timings everytime you go to visit a place!
7]If you're in need of any thing ,there's a 7/11 shop at every corner in Thailand
7/11 shops are open 24 hours and they help you with everything be it sim cards/food/ products/water/tickets or anything for that matter!
8] Food is oddly sweet everywhere you go! You have to specify that you want spicy food or whatever!
There are indian restaurants everywhere in Thailand, they are a bit expensive thou.
For vegetarians ,the options are very less as far as local Thai cuisine is considered so always carry chips, packets of Maggi and pasta with you just in case!
There are many hostels which provide self catering services where you can cook your own food in the kitchen so you can carry some stuff for sure and cook it!
You can always opt for fresh fruits and juices which you'll find throughout the Thailand nevertheless!
Don't over plan and enjoy the trip, it's a blast always! 🌸🌈
Never a dull day in Thailand!! 👻
I've tried my best to break down the itinerary properly and keep it simple & short!
Any suggestions are more than welcome! 💫