How to Plan a Thailand Tour – ultimate Thailand tour guide

Posted on 15/02/2017 9:34:03

- The attractions of Thailand are bunch – destroyed urban communities, old religious communities, Buddhist friars, brilliant slope tribes, skimming markets, rave parties, thick rainforests, fascinating untamed life, tropical islands, brilliant shorelines and unblemished coral reefs. At that point there’s Bangkok, the most overflowing capital city in Southeast Asia, which would welcome all tourists to enjoy a tour in Thailand.

Bongkok of Thailand

As one of the top destinations in Southeast Asia, Thailand is always the travel destination for tourists from all over the world. How to plan a tour in Thailand? Here we are going to sharing the useful travel information about how to get the tourist visa to Thailand, when the best time is to go, how to get to Thailand and what recommended to do during a Thailand tour. Hoping these will help you arrange your Thailand tour and make the most use of your time in Thailand.

How to Apply for a Thailand Visa

To enter Thailand, a passport or other travel documents that valid for no less than six months is required by all nationals who wish to enter Thailand. The Thailand Visa can be obtained from a Royal Thai Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate-General. However, the nationals from the above 48 countries are not required to apply for a Thailand Visa for tourism purposes. They are: America, Australia, New Zealand and most countries of Europe and Hong Kong SAR. Passport holders of these countries will be allowed a 30-day remain in Thailand for each entrance.

In addition, tourists from Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Republic of Korea and Tunisia are exempted from Thailand Visa requirement, for they are hold bilateral agreements with Thailand.

Thailand visa

Visa on Arrival

In the case of entering via arrive, nationals from Bhutan, China, India, Maldives and other 28 countries and territories s certain countries will typically be conceded a stay of 15 days. All guests must hold substantial international IDs, adequate supports and affirmed aircraft tickets to leave Thailand inside the time permitted by their entrance stamp.

Special cases to the visa prerequisites are:

1. Nationals of Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta and Romania who may apply for visas on entry for remains of up to 15 days.

2. Nationals of Croatia, who must apply for a visa ahead of time from the consulate. Visa on landing: ฿1,000; travel visa: £20; single-section traveler visa: £25; various passage vacationer visa: £125.

When to Go

Affected by the tropical monsoons, Thailand can be divided into 3 seasons. Between March and May, which is called the hot season, the temperatures of Thailand occasionally break 40°C in day time, and it is a good time to go swimming and surfing in the southern beaches and islands of Thailand. Normally from June to the late October, the rainy season, the downpours lower the temperature to around 27°C and make the dirt roads too mud to walk, especially in September and October. On the other hand, the rainy season is varied in length and intensity from different years. The best time to visit Thailand is the cool season, from November to the next February. The temperature is relative lower.

Kon Lan

Nonetheless, slight variations influenced different regions. The northeast Thailand experiences humid air and dusty clouds gathering together in the hot season. The upland has to endure the biggest range within one day of temperatures from 0°C in the night to 30°C in the day time. And in the southern Thailand, which is near the equator, the weather is more consistent in the whole year.

How to Get to Thailand

By Air

Flights to Thailand are available from several national and international carriers. The national airline is Thai Airways, which flies from dozens of international locations. Bangkok Airways offers international flights to and from destinations within Asia.

There are 8 international airports in Thailand, including Don Mueang International Airport and Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok city, Chiang Mai International Airport in Chiang Mai, Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai International Airport in Chiang Rai, Phuket International Airport in Phuket Island at south Thailand, Samui International Airport in Samui Island, etc. So it is quite convenient to get to Thailand by air. Also, there are many cheap flights from Thailand to surrounding countries in Southeast Asia, such as Vietnam, Cambodia and so on.

By Train

The State Railway of Thailand operates train services between Bangkok and Butterworth in Malaysia. There are also daily connections elsewhere in Malaysia, Singapore and the borders with Cambodia (at Aranyaprathet) and Laos (at NongKhai).

By Land

Road border crossing into Thailand is possible through Malaysia, Cambodia and Laos. You can find coach operators at major bus stations, but minivan services (such as between Chiang Mai in Thailand and Vientiane in Laos) are often faster.

By Water

In Thailand, Phuket is the most popular check-in point for boats to enter Thailand, because all the procedures can be done in one building for the customs, immigration and harbormaster services are all in the same building.

Furthermore, there is a lifetime experience to take a Mekong River cruise from Thailand to Laos. Generally, a slow boat cruise from near Chiang Rai in Thailand to Luang Prabang in Laos takes about 2 to 3 days. You can choose to take a budget slow boat or a luxury slow boat according to your budget.

Top Things to Do in Thailand

1.Visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok

The Grand Palace is always the top 1 thing to see in a Thailand Tour.  Build in 1782, the Grand Palace was the royal residence for the Thai King for over 150 years. And now, it is still used to held important ceremonies and auspicious happenings. You can find the perfect creativity and craftsmanship of Thai people from the beautiful architecture and intricate details of the Grand Palace. Please dress modestly when visiting the Grand Palace for there are also several temples of the Emerald Buddha around the Grand Palace.

Grand Palace in Bangkok

2.Dive into the wilderness in a Thai National Park

Substantial ranges of Thailand are offered over to national parks, numerous in the wilderness secured good countries, where the scene is excessively convoluted for horticulture. DoiInthanon National Park close Chiang Mai encompasses the country’s most elevated pinnacle, while Khao Sok National Park close Phanom is the biggest region of virgin rainforest in Thailand.

Thai National Park

3.Drift around the islands of Phang Nga Bay

Covering 400sq km (154sq miles) Phang Nga Bay is one of the world’s extraordinary picturesque marvels. Rising strangely from the turquoise sea, are several limestone islands and outcrops, home to uncommon natural life and peppered with holes and grottoes. In the event that it looks well known, it’s presumably on the grounds that The Man with the Golden Gun was taped here in 1974.

Pang Nga Bay

4.Find a flawless shoreline on Thai islands

Presently all around recuperated from the 2004 tidal wave, Thailand’s islands offer some of Asia’s finest shorelines. Take your pick from resort extravagance on Ko Samui, hiker vibes on Ko Chang, or a look back to the beginning of tourism on Ko Lipe. Truth be told, essentially every Thai island has an immaculate shoreline to kick back on.

flawless shoreline on Thai islands

5.Get close to elephants in Mae Ta Marn Elephant Camp

Located in the north of Chiang Mai, Mae Ta Marn Elephant Camp is the biggest elephant training school with more than 100 elephants in it. You can not only watch the elephant performance, but also enjoy an elephant ride. Also, in Mae Ta Marn Elephant Camp, you can experience the life of local Thai Lee Saw hill tribe, have a bamboo rafting and take a short trek in the jungle.

Mae Ta Marn Elephant

Thailand Culture and Festivals

By far most hold fast to Buddhism (Theravada shape), 5% of the populations in Thailand are Muslim and there are Christian and Hindu minorities. Western tourists will for the most part get a handshake on meeting. A Thai will be welcomed with the customary shut hands and a slight bow of the head – the wai. Buddhist friars are constantly welcomed thusly. Casual dress is broadly satisfactory and men are sometimes, if at any time, anticipated that would wear suits. Beachwear ought to be kept to the shoreline and topless sunbathing is disapproved of. Smoking limitations have been set up since 2002 and it is unlawful to smoke out in the open foundations, for example, bars, eateries and markets. Not everybody consents to this boycott, but rather those ridiculing the law confront fines.

Everyone loves a good festival, and Thailand has plenty of them.  To visit Thailand via a local festival is a good way to explore and experience the local culture. Here is the introduction of some popular festivals in Thailand.

Buddhism of Thailand


As the most well-known of all Thai festivals, Songkran is for those who love a good water fight. It’s the official Thai New Year landing on April 13th each year and lasting around 2 to 3 days.

Songkran in Thailand

Phi Ta Khon

Phi Ta Khon is a tradition of the Dan Sai district of the Loei Province in Isan. It is better known as the ghost festival since it reflects the regions beliefs on ghosts and spirits. It occurs each year around June/July and is probably Thailand’s most colorful festival.

Phi Ta Khon

Loi Krathong

Loi Krathong is celebrated on one night during full moon of the 12th lunar month. ‘Loy’ signifies ‘floating’, while ‘krathong’ is a small object in the shape of a lot is flower, usually made from banana leaves.

Loi Krarthong