Discover our 10 tips and good plans to prepare your trip to Thailand and leave with peace of mind.
Thailand, a tourist destination par excellence in recent decades, continues to attract visitors from all over the world. the well named land of smiles seduced by its dream beaches, its exuberant jungle and its sumptuous Buddhist temples.
Diversity of landscapes, cultural richness, refined cuisine, welcoming population are all the assets offered by this kingdom in the heart of theSoutheast Asia.
To leave calm and enjoy your vacation to the fullest, follow our ten tips for prepare your trip as well as possible.
1. Find out about the procedures
Regardless of the length of your stay, you must be in possession of a passport that is still valid for at least six months after the date of entry into the country.
L’thai embassy will give you all the information regarding the current procedures according to your nationality and your country of origin. In this critical period of COVID 19, it is also very important to know the legislation at the time of departure on vaccination and PCR tests. Some obligations have recently been lifted, but may become relevant again.
You should know that from November 2021, and until further notice, the Thai government has introduced the Thailand Pass. This is an official authorization granted by the immigration services and intended for anyone who wishes to travel to the country by plane, ship or land. It is mandatory to certify the vaccination status of each entrant.
2. Apply for a visa
Another procedure, even outside the COVID period: the visa. If you are a French citizen, you will not be did not apply for a visa for stays of less than thirty days. However, regulations change often and it is best to check with the embassy to avoid unpleasant surprises on arrival.
For stays of more than thirty days, you need a visa for Thailand: the TR (stay up to 3 months), the STV (duration of 9 months), the METV (6 months with multiple entries).
The application is made on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and the file must be presented at the premises of the Embassy in France. Specialized sites can take care of the steps for you.
3. Choose the right season
Thailand has a tropical climate which varies significantly by region. You may be disappointed if you fall during the monsoon period. Although the heat is still present, the heavy rains make the atmosphere heavy, even suffocating. Generally avoid the rainy season which runs from May to November with a peak from September to the end of October.
The dry season, from December to April, is therefore the best time to travel to thailand. Temperatures are around 33°C, reaching 40°C in March-April in the center and east of the country.
Best time to fly to Thailand It is between mid-November and mid-February, all the provinces together.
4. Find the right flight
Airline tickets account for much of the travel budget. It’s interesting to compare airlines, because they all take turns offering special deals and promotions. Find something cheap rates It is possible with time and patience. the flight comparators help you in your search like Google Flight.
Ticket prices vary depending on the day of the week or the time of year. Being flexible on dates is the best way to travel cheaper. This is valid for Thailand as for any destination.
5. Get vaccinated
Are you sure, Thailand is not a risky country. In addition, no vaccination obligation is required. However, certain vaccinations or boosters are recommended, as indeed for any stay in the tropics. These are hepatitis A and B, typhoid fever, DTCP, and possibly rabies and Japanese encephalitis.
It goes without saying that vaccination against COVID 19 is still preferable.
6. Prevent health problems
Before leaving, it may be helpful to consult your dentist or doctor. the thai health system It’s pretty good quality, but it would be a shame to have to go to the hospital during your vacation. As for medications, take only what is necessary. Pharmacies are numerous and there are practically the same products as in France.
Be careful if you are undergoing treatment, customs officials may require prescriptions. In fact, certain drugs are prohibited on importation or subject to declaration or prior authorization rules.
Once there, precautions should be taken, even for those in good health: only drink water from capped bottles, never tap water, and do not eat raw food.
7. Protect yourself
Of course, it is essential to protect yourself from the sun with a suitable cream, a hat and sunglasses. On beaches, sand and water reflect harmful rays even more. Expose yourself gradually and not in the hottest hours.
Also protect yourself from mosquitoes, vectors of serious diseases such as dengue and chikungunya, which cause high fevers. Plan effective repellents in your luggage, in accordance with the recommendations of the French Ministry of Health. If you intend to stay in the forest, before leaving, you can impregnate your clothes with these repellents and bring a mosquito net.
8. Get travel insurance
most bank cards cover health expenses abroad What’Travel insurance with American Express card, but redemption limits are often insufficient for basic cards. The coverage also includes assistance and according to the cards, modification and cancellation of the trip, baggage, civil liability.
This does not prevent you from subscribing to a international insurance extra for better coverage. This type of insurance guarantees coverage of medical expenses and hospitalization as well as repatriation in the event of a problem, discover the reasons to buy travel insurance in this article.
In any case, choose an insurance that corresponds to your situation and what you plan to do (leisure, trek, etc.).
9. Control your budget
When you travel, you often need to use your bank card, which is much more convenient than cash. On the other hand, on returning, a bad surprise: the commissions charged by Western banks! In fact, the commissions are often exorbitant, especially for dealer withdrawals. It is better to withdraw a large sum all at once rather than multiply small withdrawals.
Card payments are accepted almost everywhere. However, it is useful to always have some change with you. The monetary unit is the baht.. The change is made without problem, and above all without commission, at banks or exchange houses. The rates at the airport are not favorable. It is better to go to the town and to the most touristic places.
For your accommodation, take the time to carefully read the offers. to choose the right hotel and avoid unpleasant surprises once there. Finally, remember to take with you some travel accessories so you don’t have to buy them on the spot!
10. Be aware of local customs
the The Thai population is 94% Buddhist.. Therefore, Buddhism occupies an important place in the social life of this kingdom. Some traditions must be respected:
- take off your shoes at the temples,
- not holding the door when entering or leaving a place,
- don’t touch a person’s skull,
- don’t touch anyone with your foot,
- on the bus, do not sit in the front (seats are reserved for monks),
- always remain modest (no bathing suits in the streets, no hugs in public),
- don’t take a selfie with a Buddha statue or point to it,
- stand up when the national anthem sounds,
- and finally, above all, never joke about the monarchy or criticize the king.