Planning a Trip to Thailand

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Thailand is a beautiful country with much to offer holidaymakers, travellers and tourists. Thailand has stunning beaches, ancient temples, delicious food, and a fascinating rich culture. You can take a trip to Thailand to relax on a beach from the comfort of a beautiful resort or tour the sites of Thailand. This page will tell you exactly how to plan your trip to Thailand, or we can be your trip planner

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Planning Your Trip to Thailand

Independent travellers can take a self-guided tour of Thailand using buses, trains, tuk tuks and internal flights. Less confident travellers can book a tour of Thailand with a group travel company. There are endless possibilities for your trip to Thailand.

You should not need a guide for any part of your trip to Thailand, but if you’d like to take guided tours at historic attractions, there are many options to book them. This is something we can help you with.

Planning Flights To Thailand

To book your flights to Thailand, read our tips on finding a great deal using Skyscanner, these will really help you cut costs if you are taking a long international flight from the US, UK, Australia or Europe.

Flights within Asia are cheap and easy using budget airlines, but these long flights may mean you need a connecting flight via Singapore or The Middle East.

We think Thai Air is an excellent full-service airline, but plenty of budget airlines serve Thailand, notably AirAsia. We have never had any issues with AirAsia, but make sure you check their luggage allowances.

Most visitors to Thailand will fly to Bangkok, but more traditional beach holidaymakers may choose to fly to holiday hotspots like Phuket, Krabi, or Koh Samui. All of these places have their own airports. Small islands generally do not, you will need to take a ferry.

You can fly to Bangkok and catch a connecting flight to any of Thailand’s airports, including Chiang Mai. We think the sleeper train to Chiang Mai is more fun.

Another way to book flights, or any internal transport in Thailand is to use 12Go Asia. This tool lets you book buses, trains, minibuses and flights, you can see costs and times side-by-side. Open this tool here.

Planning Transport in Thailand

Getting a taxi or tuk tuk in Thailand is very easy, and both are cheap. Flag them down or use a taxi rank. Always check that the diver will use his meter. If he says “broken” agree on a price before getting in.

If you need a longer-distance bus, car, minibus, shuttle, ferry boat, or even internal flight, you can book those here, all in one spot. I’ve set this to Bangkok to Phuket, just change this to your destinations.

At the major Thai airports there are easy-to-use taxi ranks, you take a number and wait your turn. The lady on the desk will take your details and send you to a cab. The Bangkok airports also have train access, but taking a taxi is easier. Some airports may have a different system, but on our last arrival in Bangkok, this was how it was done.

You could also book a car and driver for an airport pick up, you can do this here.

If you need more help with getting around Thailand, there’s this post about internal transport. I’ll also put all of this useful information in the related posts at the bottom of the page. If you find this post useful, please bookmark it using Grow, bottom left, or give it a like in your preferred way, thanks, it helps us.

Planning Accommodation in Thailand

Thailand has fabulous accommodation at every price point, and most htels, guest houses, hostels and apartments will be a lot cheaper than in Western Countries. We think Thailand is possibly THE cheapest destination. But we haven’t been everywhere yet!

A guest house in Thailand is a simple hotel, some may have dorms, we normally take family rooms. Some may provide breakfast.

How should you book your hotel? Which booking platform do you use regularly and feel comfortable with?, Expedia, Trivago,, these all work fine for Thailand. Agoda are the Asia specialists, they’re based in Singapore and sometimes you’ll find more choice and slightly better deals. We always use or Agoda in Thailand, never Airbnb. Open either of those using those links, I’ve set them to open for Bangkok, you can change that.

Should you pre-book your accommodation for every night or just book a few days on arrival? Both are fine, it’s up to you and your travel style. It’s usually no problem to book last minute in Thailand unless you’re travelling over a holiday or festival, or going to busy places like Phuket.

Thailand Trip Planning Service

Here on the world travel family website we know Thailand well. If you’d like help planning your trip to Thailand (Or a Southeast Asia tour), get in touch at and tell us your dreams for your trip.

We can send you a form, you can tick off which places in Thailand you’d like to visit or those you need more information about.

This document has a basic outline of the Thailand trip planning process, it’s free. You can use it to help yourself plan, or you can use it to help our team plan your trip. Just email us at the address above and we can give you full access and further detailed information.

We can organise your itinerary, hotels, tours, classes, and transport for you.

Thailand trip planning for our readers is something we love to do, be it for a short vacation or for a longer travel itinerary. Our flat fee is for trips of 1-2 weeks, longer trips and tours we charge more.

Alternatively, use the posts on our website to plan your own trip to Thailand. You do not need a travel agent to plan a trip to Thailand, let us show you how to take control of your own travel planning.

We would suggest you read our posts about Bangkok and Northern Thailand to get you started in putting your trip itinerary together.

Tips To Help You Plan Your Trip to Thailand

Here are some brief tips to help you plan your trip to Thailand.

  1. Best time to visit Thailand: Thailand has a mostly tropical climate and is in the northern hemisphere, close to the equator. It’s generally hot and humid year-round. However, the best time to visit most of Thailand is from October to February, which is the cooler season when temperatures are more comfortable and rainfall is lower.
  2. Visa requirements: Depending on your nationality, you may need a visa to enter Thailand. You can check the visa requirements on the website of the Thai embassy or consulate in your country.
  3. Flights: Thailand has several international airports, including Bangkok (BKK), Phuket (HKT), and Chiang Mai (CNX). You can search for flights on websites like Expedia, Kayak, or Skyscanner. You may need proof of onward travel (ie. a flight exiting Thailand already booked) to be allowed to board you flight to Thailand.
  4. Accommodation: Thailand has a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets, from hostels and guesthouses to luxury 5 star resorts. You can search for accommodation on websites like, Agoda, or Airbnb. You can pay under $20 per night for accommodation in Thailand, for a family, expect to pay from $50 per night in less expensive parts of Thailand.
  5. Transportation: Thailand has a good network of buses, trains, and domestic flights that can take you to most parts of the country. This makes getting around Thailand very easy. You can also hire a car in Thailand, or a scooter if you want to explore on your own. Be certain to have the correct insurance and license for any vehicle.
  6. Places to visit: Thailand has many beautiful places to visit, depending on your interests. Some of the most popular destinations include Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pai, Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui, and Pattaya. You can also visit cultural attractions like the ancient cities of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai or the temples of Chiang Rai.
  7. Food: Thailand is famous for delicious Thai food, from spicy creamy curries and stir-fries to fresh seafood and tropical fruits. You can try street food or visit local restaurants to sample the local cuisine.
  8. Culture and etiquette: Thailand has a rich culture, and it’s important to respect local customs and etiquette. For example, it’s polite to remove your shoes when entering a temple or someone’s home, and it’s considered impolite to touch someone’s head. Visitors should dress respectfully in towns, cities and places or religious significance. Swimwear is fine at the beach, of course.
  9. Safety: Thailand is generally a safe country to visit, but it’s important to take precautions to avoid scams and stay safe. For example, be wary of tuk-tuk drivers who offer tours or deals that seem too good to be true, and keep an eye on your belongings in crowded areas. You will have to haggle over prices in some markets and with taxi and tuk tuk drivers if they are not using their meters.

I hope these tips help you plan a wonderful trip to Thailand!

If you'd like to hire a car during your stay, use this car rental comparison tool to find the best deal!

We also suggest you take a look at this company to get a quote for all kinds of the more tricky adventure or extended travel insurance.

Try Stayz / VRBO for an alternative way to find rentals on homes/apartments/condos in any country!

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Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

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