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Welcome to the land of smiles!

With some of the most popular holiday destinations including Phuket, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, Khao Lak and many more, Thailand has so much to offer you going to need a second trip before you have planned the first.

Thailand, the land of smiles and the travel hub of Southeast Asia known for its tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha.

Bangkok. the capital city of Thailand is an ultramodern cityscape known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. Offering lush jungles, famed beaches, world-class diving, amazing food, friendly people and affordable prices – Thailand is an experience everyone needs at least once in a lifetime.

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Thailand Travel Tips

Travel Facts

Travel Requirements:

When travelling to Thailand, no visa is required for travel for the duration of 30 days. However, a valid South african passport is required.

The flight duration from Johannesburg to Thailand is approximately 12 hours and 40 minutes with a stop over inbetween. A suggested airline is Singapore Airlines.

Weather:

Thailand has three distinct times of year for weather but overall it is a tropical climate that can be very humid, especially in the South. The Cool season is November to February and generally considered the best time to visit.

 

Good to knows:

Local currency: Thai baht

Local language: Thai

  • Thailand is where you’ll find both the smallest and the largest creatures. The smallest mammal in the world, the bumblebee bat, calls Thailand home. You can also find the largest fish, the whale shark, in Thai waters.
  • There are about 35,000 temples in Thailand. Thailand is truly a land of temples. Visiting them requires modest clothing, meaning no shorts or sleeveless shirts.
  • Showing respect for another person’s head is imperative in Thailand. The head is considered to be the most important part of the body, and so Thai culture forbids touching anyone on the head (even a child).
  • The national flower of Thailand is the orchid. If you love exotic flowers, you’ll be pleased to know that 1,500 orchid species can be found growing wild in Thai forest. There’s a reason why it is one of the world’s largest orchid exporters.
  • A smile can go a long way, and you’ll find more smiles in Thailand than just about anywhere else. In fact, it’s sometimes known as the “land of smiles” because the people of Thailand seem to be always ready with a smile. They are a peace-loving culture, desiring harmony over conflict.

Thailand is home to some of the most breath-taking temples in the world. Here is a list of temples you should definitely explore.

Top 5 Temples in Thailand:

Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) – A lively and lavish temple, encompassing the awesome Reclining Buddha that is 45 meters long.

Sanctuary of Truth – The Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya gives new meaning to “impressive”. The temple is filled with traditional Buddhist and Hindu décor and is a master piece still in progress.

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang – Standing more than 400 meters high, this is one of the most sacred temples in Thailand as it is home to a strand of Buddha’s hair.

Wat Rong Khun (The White Temple) – Reminiscent of a fairy tale castle covered with snow, it might be the ogre’s home since statuary has a ferocious look. A highlight of this privately owned temple is the bridge of the “cycle of rebirth,” under which outstretched hands reach to the sky. Across the bridge is the Gate of Heaven where two creatures decide the fate of the dead.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram – Built to honour a king’s mother, the temple is the most visited site in Ayutthaya. Wat Chaiwatthanaram is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, but the scenic river is no competition for the temple.

The layout of the 17th century temple subscribes to the traditional Buddhist view of the world, with temples corresponding to mountains, continents, seas and human habitat.

 
 

Thailand facts

Interesting facts

  • Local currency: Thai baht
  • Local language: Thai
  • Thailand is where you’ll find both the smallest and the largest creatures. The smallest mammal in the world, the bumblebee bat, calls Thailand home. You can also find the largest fish, the whale shark, in Thai waters.
  • There are about 35,000 temples in Thailand. Thailand is truly a land of temples. Visiting them requires modest clothing, meaning no shorts or sleeveless shirts.
  • Showing respect for another person’s head is imperative in Thailand. The head is considered to be the most important part of the body, and so Thai culture forbids touching anyone on the head (even a child).
  • The national flower of Thailand is the orchid. If you love exotic flowers, you’ll be pleased to know that 1,500 orchid species can be found growing wild in Thai forest. There’s a reason why it is one of the world’s largest orchid exporters.
  • A smile can go a long way, and you’ll find more smiles in Thailand than just about anywhere else. In fact, it’s sometimes known as the “land of smiles” because the people of Thailand seem to be always ready with a smile. They are a peace-loving culture, desiring harmony over conflict.

Thailand is home to some of the most breath-taking temples in the world. Here is a list of temples you should definitely explore.

Top 5 Temples in Thailand:

Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) – A lively and lavish temple, encompassing the awesome Reclining Buddha that is 45 meters long.

Sanctuary of Truth – The Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya gives new meaning to “impressive”. The temple is filled with traditional Buddhist and Hindu décor and is a master piece still in progress.

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang – Standing more than 400 meters high, this is one of the most sacred temples in Thailand as it is home to a strand of Buddha’s hair.

Wat Rong Khun (The White Temple) – Reminiscent of a fairy tale castle covered with snow, it might be the ogre’s home since statuary has a ferocious look. A highlight of this privately owned temple is the bridge of the “cycle of rebirth,” under which outstretched hands reach to the sky. Across the bridge is the Gate of Heaven where two creatures decide the fate of the dead.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram – Built to honour a king’s mother, the temple is the most visited site in Ayutthaya. Wat Chaiwatthanaram is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, but the scenic river is no competition for the temple.

The layout of the 17th century temple subscribes to the traditional Buddhist view of the world, with temples corresponding to mountains, continents, seas and human habitat.

 
 
Wat Rong Khun (The White Temple)

Money saving tips for Thailand

Street food in Thailand

Live like a local – The easiest way to save money in Thailand is to live like a local. Take local busses, eat local street food, and drink local beer.

Eat street food – Thai street food is not only safe to eat but really delicious. You will save yourself heaps of cash if you buy from street vendors rather than eating out at restaurants the whole time.

Buy your beer at 7-Eleven – Buying beer at Thailand’s ubiquitous 7-Elevens and drinking outside will save you quite a bit on your bar tab. A beer in 7-Eleven is about 35 THB, while the same beer will cost 100-170 THB in a restaurant or bar.

Don’t book any tours before you arrive – Want to take a cooking class? Go zip-lining? Trek in the jungle? Dive? Wait until you get into Thailand to book anything. Travel agencies are located all over the tourist areas, looking to sell their tours. Time to brush up on your negotiation skills. You’re able to purchase these tours online before you arrive, but you’ll be paying a lot more!

Take advantage of happy hour – Thailand’s many happy hours have half-priced drinks and 2-for-1 specials.

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