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Thailand Backpacking Tips
Thailand Backpacking Advice -
Thailand Backpacking Quick Guide
For backpackers planning a trip to South East Asia Thailand is always high on the list of must-see destinations and it`s not difficult to see why. This beautiful country is lined with paradise beaches in the south, a bustling metropolitan city in the centre and countless culture and nature hotspots in the north, making it a nation that is as diverse as it is welcoming.
Many people hop on a plane thinking that they will be able to explore Thailand in a couple of weeks, only to arrive and realise that to truly experience Thailand, they need to be there for at least a month. The biggest tip for backpackers in Thailand, therefore, is to give yourself enough time. Avoid the typical traveller habit of staying in each place for just a few nights; instead allow yourself time to become immersed in the local culture and really explore and know each place you are visiting. This way you will leave with a much richer understanding of the place you have visited.
Another top tip for travelling in Thailand is to try your best to learn a little of the language. Not only is this polite, but simply knowing how to say `hello` and `goodbye` will be appreciated by the local people and go at least a little way to dispelling the negative stereotypes often associated with backpackers. Be careful though, as certain words are different depending on whether you`re male or female, so make sure to learn the right one!
Learning the numbers in Thai will also help you with the next top tip, which is that you should always be ready to haggle a price. In Thailand - and generally South East Asia as a whole - the price for lots of things is negotiable. Prices for accommodation can often be haggled (especially if you`re staying for more than one or two nights) and you absolutely must barter in the markets! In both local and tourist markets bartering is standard procedure and if you don`t try your luck you will definitely end up paying a lot more than you should do!
While backpacking, it is very important to take care of your health. With a combination of extreme heat, endless travelling and lots of late nights, it`s easy for your body to become run down very quickly. Though it may sound obvious, make sure you`re drinking enough water! Most of the illnesses backpackers experience can be linked to dehydration. It`s also a good idea to carry electrolyte powder or rehydration salts with you, which can be bought in both the UK and pharmacies in Thailand.
Another top tip is to pack light. You will soon realise that carrying a lighter backpack is way more appealing than having access to 4 different types of flip-flops, so be smart with your packing! Anything you would need can be bought in Thailand and most importantly a lighter bag will also leave you room to fill with souvenirs!
As long as you are smart, you will have an amazing time in Thailand. Whether you`re relaxing on a sandy beach in the south or taking advantage of the cheap car hire in Bangkok
offers, follow these top tips and you`ll be on your way to an amazing Thailand adventure.