Thailand Travel Guide and Tourism

Thailand is a cosmopolitan cocktail of tropical islands, sacred temples and ancient ruins. In the heart of the country lies Bangkok, which is a must-visit for its temples, palaces, markets and for one of the most legendary nightlife cultures in the world. Among the plethora of places to visit, make sure you stop by the Grand Palace in Bangkok which houses the current monarch of the kingdom. Most travellers will also wind up in the old city of Chiang Mai, the second largest city of Thailand. 10 miles out of this city lies the golden temples of Wat Doi Suthep at the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park; a popular way of getting here is on rental scooter. As an alternative to Chiang Mai, visit the province of Isaan for a taste of authentic Thai culture and way of living. Koh Samet, Koh Tao, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Samui and many, many islands are dotted off both coastlines of the Thai peninsula, offering enchanting underwater vistas of snappers, rays, and turtles. Another major attraction are Thailand’s whimsical floating markets of which the Damnoen Saduak, in Ratchaburi (Bangkok) is the most popular with tourists. And as most people travelling to Thailand do, gorge on the lemongrass and coconut favouring cuisine and make sure you stock up on some fresh local ingredients before you leave. Thailand tourism has flourished in the last decade as a huge number of travellers want to explore the interiors.
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Best Mid-Range Hotels in Thailand

Comfortable stays, good food and ocean vistas, Tripoto's list of the best mid-range hotels will let you witness the charms of Thailand without having to spend a fortune.

Best Time to Visit Thailand

Peak Season: The period form November to February is when the weather is dry and pleasant in Thailand.

Shoulder Season: March to May is when days in Thailand are hot and humid, but the tourists are as spirited ever during this season.

Off-season: July - October brings monsoons to Thailand, with the rainfall being sporadic, but torrential. Most island shut down during these months and there are incidents of flooding in some parts of the country.

Budget for Thailand

For Budget Travellers: INR 600 to 1500 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 400 - 500
  • Food in beach shacks and street eateries: INR 200 - 500
  • Public Transport in skytrains, trains and buses: INR 20 - 300

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1000 to 3500 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels, villas and homestays: INR 600 - 1900
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 500 - 1000
  • Local transport in tuk- tuks, boats and local taxis: INR 50 - 400

For Luxury Travellers: INR 6000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 4000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 1000 and upwards
  • Local transport in cabs: INR 500 and upwards
  • Activities (Scuba diving, kayaking etc.): INR 3000 and upwards

Visa Information for Thailand

People of most nationalities can travel to Thailand visa free. Thailand offers visa on arrival (15 days) to 19 countries, including India.

Passport holders from 45 countries can visit Thailand for 30 days, visa-free. Citizens of Cambodia, Ukraine and Myanmar can enter Thailand visa-free for 14 days. For visa extension, tourists can apply to the immigration office for a usual fee of 1900 Baht. If you overstay your visa, the usual penalty is a fine of 500 Baht per day, with a 20,000 Baht limit.

Visa on Arrival: Thailand offers visa on arrival for 14 days (1000 Baht) to 19 countries - Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.