Trip to ThaiTravel to Thailand
Getting around Thailand
Well-known as the "Land of Smiles" for the lucky faces of its people, Thailand is a favourite holiday resort for tourists all over the globe, full of cultural, entertaining and unspoilt beautiful. The best way to spend a holiday in Thailand depends on the type of activity you want to do, where you want to go and how long you want to spend - so make these and other holiday choices before and during your trip.
You can either reserve a trip to Thailand through your local agency, a tariff generator such as Orbitz or FareCompare, or directly through an air carrier that operates there - among the US carriers only Delta and United Bangkok will operate from February 2011, the other major US carrier is Thai Airways International's non-stop service from Los Angeles.
Get a free 30-day entrance permit at Suvarnabhumi International Airport - or a 14-day permit at rural border points such as Aranyaprathet near Cambodia and Nong Khai near Laos - if you are an US national. Leave the state and return before your visas expire to prolong your sojourn. Request a longer period of time - e.g. 90 or 180 nights before your departure - from a Thai consulate, whether abroad before travelling to Thailand, or at US offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York or Washington, D.C. Exchange your money.
For example -- for Thai Buht, either on arriving at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, at the country borders, or at coin change offices in towns like Bangkok and Chaing Mai or at seaside resorts like Koh Samui and Phuket. Get Thai Bahts at cash machines throughout Thailand with US and EU debit and debit card with Visa or MasterCard sign.
Visiting tourist sites throughout Thailand to get a good balance of views across the whole state. Journey to Chiang Mai, a town in the countryside's hills, full of elephant and indigenous people. From Krabi, Koh Chang and Phuket, which can be reached by rail or air from Bangkok, you can also take a trip to the beaches.
Soak up the fun, night life and shops of the Thai city. Journey to Thailand off peak tourism seasons - which last from October to April when the monsoons leave the state - at the best rates for airfare, accommodations and shelter. If you are in the rainy seasons - which can last from June to October - you should take your own equipment with you and you should not go outside during the middle to late afternoons.