4 tips for visiting Thailand with friends
Thailand is one of the most popular destinations for groups of friends. It’s a fun, welcoming and fascinating country – with plenty to offer for everyone. If you’re planning to visit Thailand with your friends, here are four tips to help you get the most from your trip:
1. Consider everyone’s wants and needs before you book
Thailand is a country full of contrasts, which is one of the reasons why it’s such an appealing destination for friends. You can explore the idyllic beaches, visit the temples, get lost in the culture, attend full moon parties and take in the craziness of Bangkok. The possibilities are endless – so take some time to discuss what you want to do when you get there.
Getting an idea of everyone’s preferences will help you plan where to go. Do you want to island hop or settle in one destination? What is everyone’s budget? Thailand is one of the best places for affordable luxury, so work out what everyone can afford, then book the best your money can get.
2. Make sure everyone meets the travel requirements
As 1Cover point out in their Thailand guide: if you can’t get into the country, your trip will be over before it’s even started. There are certain requirements for travel to Thailand that must be met by everyone in your group. If one person is doing the majority of the organising, it’s a good idea to double-check everyone is aware of this so nobody gets caught out.
You need to have at least six months left on your passport, and must not be carrying any restricted items when you enter the country. Travel requirements can also change with time, so make sure you check the up-to-date regulations with the Thai Embassy before you fly.
3. Respect the people and the culture
Thailand is a warm and friendly place, and it’s likely the locals will welcome you with open arms. But it is important to be respectful of the people and the culture.
If you plan to check out some temples while you are there, remember to dress modestly for your visit. Your outfit should include long sleeves and trousers, covering both your elbows and knees. For this reason, it’s a good idea to carry a light jacket or shirt with you, even when you don’t plan to visit one. You never know what you might find as you explore, and it would be a shame to miss out because you weren’t dressed appropriately.
It is also considered a serious offence to disrespect the King in Thailand, with some offences even punishable with a prison sentence. For this reason, it’s often best to avoid mentioning the King at all.
4. Look after each other
On the whole, Thailand is considered a safe country for tourists to visit. However, there are always risks involved when travelling – especially when large groups are involved.
As you would in any destination, you should be sure to abide by the laws, use your common sense and keep an eye out for each other. The most common crime you’re likely to experience is theft – so keep your valuables safe and be aware of pickpockets in crowded areas.
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