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Pack properly for Thailand
Plan. Not just for the simple reason that we enjoy it, but also because we like to have control that nothing goes wrong.
First rule: If there is any other way, do without a trolley case. Trolley cases are only practical if you are only traveling in 5-star hotels and are only driven from A to B by car. Otherwise you won't have any fun with a trolley suitcase in Thailand as the roads are uneven and sometimes not paved and the curbs are high. So, better take a backpack with you.
Second rule: Don't be afraid to forget anything. You really get everything your heart desires in Thailand. Only your passport and credit card are irreplaceable.
Third rule: Pack as little as possible. When you're done packing, it's best to unpack half of it again. And especially when it comes to clothes, pack as little as possible.
You can just browse our packing list for Southeast Asia and see what we have with us. This is our luggage for 6 months and we haven't missed anything after more than a month.
If you're not convinced yet, here are a few more reasons why you should pack less.
You can have your clothes washed anywhere in Thailand and it’s very cheap too. Most of the time you pay about 40 baht, i.e. 1 euro, for 1 kg and usually get it back the same day, washed, dried and often even ironed.
You won't need half of the things you have with you anyway and will always wear the same things.
You'll buy new things there anyway, which are much better suited to the temperatures.
Entry and visa for Thailand
The visa requirements for Thailand often change, so we advise you to check the website of the Federal Foreign Office before you leave .
If you do not want to stay longer than 30 days in a row in Thailand, you do not need to worry about a visa before your departure, because then you will simply get a stamp in your passport at the airport in Bangkok and you can use it Stay in the country for 30 days.
You need a passport that is valid for at least six months upon arrival. You do not need any other documents for entry.
If you then travel to other countries, we recommend that you have a few passport photos with you. But you can still do that on site without any problems.
Otherwise, we have all the important documents, such as B. Copies of our passport, vaccination card (of course we also have it in our luggage) and all documents that we may need to access are scanned on our Google Drive.
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We show you our complete luggage for Southeast Asia . Curious?Right this way
[Southeast Asia Packing List]There are different types of visas for longer stays, including a 60-day tourist visa that you must apply for in advance. Tobi and Marcel wrote a very good overview of the different visas and how to apply for them on their blog Home is where your bag is:
Withdraw money in Thailand for free
In Thailand you pay with baht (THB). 40 Thai Baht is about 1 Euro.
There are ATMs on every corner in tourist areas. There you can withdraw money with your credit card, German Maestro cards are usually not accepted.
However, you pay a lot of fees there. Your bank in Germany charges fees and the local ATM operators charge another 220 THB per withdrawal.
That's at least 5.50 euros, which can add up quite a bit over the course of a trip.
You can actually get almost all the medication you need on site. The pharmacies in Bangkok in particular are very well equipped and usually give very competent advice in very good English. Of course, it is also much cheaper than in Germany.
Nevertheless, you should have a small first-aid kit with the most important medicines.
Cheap flights to Thailand
Thai Airways and Eurowings, among others, offer direct flights to Bangkok from Germany.
Most of the connections are offered by the Arabic airlines, with which you make a stopover in Dubai , Doha or Abu Dhabi.
We like to fly with the Arabian airlines because they offer the best value for money.
For a 12-hour flight, we are also happy to spend 100 euros more for a flight if the flight times, the flight experience, the food and the service, the legroom and simply the experience are right.
How much does a flight to Thailand cost?
If you are a bit flexible in terms of time, you can usually always find tickets for 600 to 700 euros. There are always offers for 400 or 500 euros, but that's not the rule.
At popular travel times, e.g. B. over Christmas, the flights are sometimes significantly more expensive. Then it is difficult to get flights for less than 1,000 euros.
We always use the Skyscanner comparison portal to search for our flights, so we can quickly find the cheapest or best connection for us.
The best time to travel to Thailand
The question is not that easy to answer. In our opinion, there is no really bad travel time for Thailand.
The peak season, when the weather is most stable, begins in October on the west coast and in November on the east coast and then ends in the months of March/April. During this time there is practically no rain.
The only months you should avoid in Thailand are the months when it is also nice and warm in Germany, namely in midsummer. This is when the rainy season reaches its peak.
In the remaining months (e.g. September) the weather is more unpredictable than in the high season.
You can be lucky and it only rains for a short time, but you can also be unlucky and it is cloudy for a week at a time and rains relatively often.
But in the off-season you often have the beaches to yourself, you pay up to 50 percent less for accommodation and you can enjoy absolute peace and quiet.
Thailand travel guide
There really is a lot of information online. Despite this, we are still fans of classic travel guides.
Firstly, it is a lot of fun to browse through it before the trip and see what great things you can do and secondly, you will learn so much more about the history and culture of the country.
Without a certain background knowledge, Thailand is only half as much fun in our opinion. In our opinion, the best travel guides for Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia are the travel guides by Stefan Loose. Of course, Lonely Planet always works, but we often just like the Loose travel guides better.
We have written you a detailed article Best Travel Guide for Thailand, in which we will introduce you to each guide and show you which one is right for you:
Special travel guide tips
Thailand's islands - insider tips book from Reisedepeschen Verlag] Not a classic travel guide, but a great inspiration is Thailand - The Island Guide. If you are looking for the perfect island, then this book is the right choice for you. We also featured our favorite island in it.
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is the most visited city in the world thanks to a whopping 22 millions international visitors.
Bangkok, officially known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon.
Some great fellow bloggers of ours have also published some really great travel guides. Some are available as e-books, some are even printed.
We would like to warmly recommend these guides to you. They are made with love and full of great information that you won't find in any standard travel guide.
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