Backpacking in Thailand can be an experience of a lifetime. You will learn all about the Thai culture and experience things you never thought you would. But, before you set off, take a look at our top tips for making the most out of your backpacking experience.
1. Respect the Culture
Thailand is well-known as being the Land of Smiles. It is important that you respect the Thai culture to ensure it stays that way. In Thailand, a person’s feet are classed as the lowest body point, so make sure you don’t point them towards another person, it is also important that you don’t touch anyone on the headbecause the head is classed as the most sacred part of the body.
2. Taste the Food
There’s no point in backpacking around Thailand to learn about their culture if you don’t try the food that’s on offer. The cheapest, and tastiest, food is often found at the street food stalls and includes food such as curries and noodles. If you are worried about hygiene, watch where the locals buy their food from. They will know which places have the highest standards.
3. Travel Sensibly
Thailand has many different transport options available from tuk-tuks to buses. Tuk-tuks are great to try but can cost a lot of money if you are wanting to travel a long distance. Many people opt to rent a bike in Thailand. Renting a bike can save you money in the long run, as once you have hired it you will only need to put fuel in it; a bike also gives you more freedom.
4. Choose the Best Time to Visit
The best time to travel to Thailand is between November and February. This is because the monsoon season is over, and the temperatures are slightly cooler. If, however, you are trying to save money then visiting in months may be a better option for you. To visit most of the popular attractions, you will need to stay in Thailand for at least one month, but two months would be more realistic.
5. Do Your Research
Before visiting local attractions, make sure you do your research to ensure that they are open. In Thailand, tuk-tuk drivers will often tell you an attraction is closed, even when it’s not, so they can take you to a family member’s business where you will spend money. They will also buy inexpensive uniforms to make themselves look more reliable.
6. Pack Light
Don’t pack too much so that you are weighed down whilst traveling. Buy a lightweight backpack and make sure you only take the essentials with you. Important items include underwear that you can wash, earplugs, a waterproof jacket, your phone charger, and insect repellent. Check out this backpacking checklist for more help.
7. Use Cheap Accommodation
Hostels are the perfect place to stay whilst backpacking around Thailand. Not only are they cheaper than the alternatives but they are great places for you to meet like-minded travelers.
Thailand is an amazing country to visit and has something to offer everyone. If you follow our top tips for backpacking around Thailand, you most certainly can’t go wrong.