If you want to be surrounded by picture-perfect beaches, ancient temples and lush jungles, then Thailand’s the place to be. Thanks to the country’s rich cultural heritage, 16 million tourists visit Thailand each year. But, despite being Asia’s primary travel destination, Thailand’s cultural integrity remains largely intact.
Most tourists now flock to Bangkok, which is one of the most energetic and vibrant cities in Southeast Asia. It’s an eclectic mixture of styles, with modern shopping districts sitting alongside ancient temples, bustling markets and lively party zones.
Away from Bangkok, you can also explore the mountainous Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, which is well connected to beautiful hikes, nature and white water rafting opportunities. It’s also a historical city with a vibrant cultural hub. Alternatively, you can visit Chiang Rai, which is known for its famous White Temple and lively night markets.
But, for many tourists, no visit to Thailand would be complete without a trip to see the underwater marine life. The country is one of the cheapest places in the world to learn how to scuba dive, and you can become PADI certified as you explore the waters around Koh Tao, the Phi Phi Islands and Phuket.
Thailand really is a tropical gateway fit for most travellers. The entire country’s one giant playground; whether you’re looking to dive with whale sharks, scale cliffs, explore national parks or party the night away, there’s plenty to keep you entertained.
Thailand’s official language is Thai. But, on your travels, you’ll find that plenty of locals speak fluent English. Before you travel, remember to convert your currency to Thai baht.
Whatever you plan on doing, it's important that you get travel insurance for Thailand to protect yourself against any unforeseen eventualities.
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Travel insurance for Thailand isn’t a legal requirement, but it should still be viewed as an essential for your trip. Although there are excellent private hospitals in Thailand, they’re incredibly expensive and you’ll need to offer a guarantee of payment before you receive treatment. Thailand also has public hospitals, but these can fall below UK standards and they can be over-crowded, resulting in long waiting times. Our travel insurance includes medical cover, to help protect you if you fall ill on holiday.
Dengue fever is present in Thailand, and the number of reported cases has risen in recent years, with some fatalities reported. As a result, you should take the appropriate steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, such as investing in nets and repellents. With the right holiday insurance for Thailand in place, you can be protected if you’re bitten and require treatment, because your insurance will help cover the cost of care.
You should also be on your guard against pickpockets and thieves. Many of these criminals travel on motorbikes and target those travelling on open transport, like tuk tuks. You should make sure your valuables are kept out of sight and ensure that your holiday insurance for Thailand includes cover for personal possessions that could be lost or stolen.