Growing up in a place heavily influenced by Western culture, the exotic appeal of Thailand was irresistible on my first solo trip abroad.
With so many places catered to budget travelers, it’s easy to travel cheaply around fascinating destinations in the country.
Of course, while enjoying the bliss that is Thai food.
Bangkok Grand PalaceTemple exeriors at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok FerryRiver ferry along Chao Phraya in Bangkok, Thailand
Wat PhoWat Pho (Temple of the Giant Reclining Buddha)
Wat ArunWat Arun (temple) lit up at dusk along Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand
Marble TempleMarble Temple in Bangkok, Thailand
The Beach in Ko Phi Phi Leh"The Beach" of Ko Phi Phi Leh (island) in Krabi, Thailand
Colorful Long Tail BoatsColorful Long Tail Boats docked in Phi Phi Don Island, Krabi, Thailand
Krabi Riverside ParkRiverside Park in Krabi, Thailand
Ao Tha Lane Kayak TourKayak Tour in Ao Tha Lane, Krabi, Thailand
Chiang Rai White TempleWhite Temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand
Chiang Rai Black HousesBlack Houses in Chiang Rai, Thailand
Chiang Rai ClocktowerClocktower at the city center of Chiang Rai, Thailand
Sukhothai Historical ParkTemple ruins in Sukhothai Historical Park, Thailand
Sukhothai Historical ParkSukhothai Historical Park in Sukhothai, Thailand
Kamphaeng Phet Historical ParkWat Phra Kaew at Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park, in Kamphaeng Phet, Thailand
Mae Ya WaterfallMae Ya Waterfall found at the foot of Mount Doi Inthanon in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Wat Chedi LuangBuddhist monk walks past Wat Chedi Luang (temple) in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Monk Apprentices in Wat Chedi LuangBuddhist monk apprentices and apprentices during a prayer ritual inside Wat Chedi Luang.
Wat Doi SuthepThe central chedi of Wat Doi Suthep surrounded by other temple structures built in Lanna (Northern Thai) style.
Ayutthaya Buddha HeadBuddha head covered by roots at Wat Maha That in Ayutthaya, Thailand
Wat Ratcha BuranaWat Ratcha Burana in Ayutthaya, Thailand
Ayutthaya Giant Sitting BuddhaGiant sitting Buddha at Wat Phanan Choeng (temple) in Ayutthaya, Thailand
Thee Lor Su WaterfallThee Lor Su Waterfall in Umphang, Tak, Thailand
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How to go to Thailand?
Bangkok is the primary international and domestic gateway to Thailand. Travelers either arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport located on the eastern outskirts of Bangkok and Don Mueang International Airport in the north.
Direct international flights also available in provincial tourist hotspots including Phuket, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Samui, Krabi & Pattaya.
Alternatively, cross-border services are popular among travelers headed from Cambodia, Vietnam (via Cambodia), Laos & Malaysia.
From the Philippines
Fly from Manila to Bangkok (3 hours and 30 minutes) or Phuket (4 hours) on Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific or Thai Airways. You may also go on a connecting flight via Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore.
Another option is to arrive in Ho Chi Minh, Siem Reap, or Kuala Lumpur and continue your journey to Thailand by land or air.
How to find cheap flights to Thailand?
The easy way is to search on airfare comparison sites that can show you the lowest fares on many airlines in one go.
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How to book Thailand promo fares?
Check Thailand promo alerts several weeks or months ahead of your trip if you are planning your trip early. The cheapest promos are sold up to a year in advance of the travel/flight departure date & are often only available if you book directly with the airline.
Where should I book a hotel/hostel?
Go to Agoda to check room rates & discounts. Book as soon as you have finalized your travel dates because hotel/hostel prices rarely go down the closer you are on your trip. Make sure to filter your search based on your budget and sort the results by guest review rating.
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Do I need a visa to visit Thailand?
Tourists from around 58 nationalities do not need to apply for a visa or entry permit to travel in Thailand. If you are a citizen of one of these nations, you may be able to visit Thailand visa-free for a maximum stay of 14 days, to up to 90 days depending on the passport provided.
Go the Thailand Consular website to check if you need to apply for a visa before going on your trip. The list of countries entitled for visa exemption is listed on the “Summary of Countries and Territories entitled for Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival to Thailand” page.
If you are from a country that is not listed under the visa exception scheme, see if you are eligible to apply for a Visa on Arrival (VoA).
Travelers can enter Thailand through immigration checkpoints found in various international airports, seaports, and land border crossings.
Always remember that all countries have the right to refuse entry to any person. Even if you are eligible for the free tourist visa or already have one in hand at the border.
Make sure that you are able to provide the following:
Passport not expiring within 6 months.
Evidence that you are visiting for travel or holiday purposes only.
Evidence that you are able to fund your stay for the entire duration of your visit.
Have confirmed flight tickets back to your home country or an onward destination that you are allowed to enter.
Do Filipinos need a visa to travel to Thailand?
Philippines nationals can enjoy visa-free travel in Thailand, for up to 30 days.
Filipino citizens (Philippine passport holders) do not need to apply for a visa before arriving in Thailand granted that the purpose of the visit is for tourism or transit only.
Simply show up at the immigration checkpoint and get your passport stamped. Filipinos usually get a maximum stay of 30 days.
If you are entering Thailand through a land border crossing, you may only be granted a maximum stay of 15 days.
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