Frequently Asked Questions about Thailand Tours
What are the best islands to visit on your Thailand trip?
Phuket - Phang Nga Bay for its distinctive limestone cliffs and James Bond Island for its Hollywood fame, Bangla Road for its lively nightlife, night market for exclusive shopping, Simon cabaret show for a world-famous show with ladyboy cast.
Chiang Mai - Holy place of Doi Suthep for a spiritual experience, night safari for wildlife love, Karen long neck village for its unique culture, the old city for ancient temples, shopping houses and monumental buildings.
Krabi - Railey beach & caves to relax in its exotic white sand, the cave temple of Wat Tham Sua to visit, the hot springs of Klong Thom to feel and witness, party at the Ao Nang Beach to dance the night away.
Bangkok - The most famous reclining buddha at Wat Pho, the grandeur of Grand Palace, endless shopping at Chatuchak market, the unique tower of Sathorn to climb.
Pattaya - The party ambiance of the walking street to enjoy, the awe-inspiring teak structure of sanctuary of truth to admire, floating markets to buy food, fruits, and handicrafts, the Wat Phra Khao Yai temple to feel spiritual.
Koh Samui - The beautiful Namuang waterfalls to watch, the large Angthong National Marine Park for its beaches, mangroves, mountains, and beaches to make most of, the body of mummified Monk at Wat Khunaram to go see.
Phi Phi Island - Koh Phi Phi Leh’s Maya Bay beach to visit which took recognition post the release of the Hollywood flick ‘The Beach’, Bamboo island surrounded by bamboo trees to feel serene, scuba diving and discovering the sharks to taste adventure.
What are the best beaches in Thailand?
Railay's Phra Nang Beach, Phi Phi Island’s Maya Bay, Ko Chang's White Sand Beach, Ko Lipe's Hat Pramong Beach, Phuket's Patong Beach, Ko Nang Yuan, Hua Hin Beach, Ko Samui's Lamai Beach, Ko Phangan's Haad Rin and Ko Tao's Sairee Beach are the top 10 beaches in Thailand.
What are the best water sports to try in Thailand?
Scuba diving, snorkelling, Surfing, Banana Boat ride, Windsurfing and Sailing and some of the best water sports you can indulge in while in Thailand.
What are the best temples to visit in Thailand?
Wat Arun, Bangkok is the most famous buddhist temple in Thailand known for its architectural representation of Mount Meru. It becomes a stunning sight to behold during sunset when it's 70 meters high spire decorated with Chinese porcelain and coloured glass is lit up.
Wat Rong Khun also known as White temple is another famous temple in Chiang Rai which is rebuilt by the artist Chalermchai Kositpipat as an offering to buddha. It is expected to finish completion in 2070.
Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok’s Grand Palace is another renowned temple that attracts hordes of tourists for the Emerald Buddha housed there which is carved from a single block of jade. The buddha’s clock change is a highly celebrated ritual which finds visitors flock in plenty to watch the king perform the ritual.
Wat Pho in Bangkok is one of the first temples in Thailand to be regarded as royal temples. This temple draws tourists to visit its 46-meter reclining buddha and country’s largest collection of Buddha images. The temple is also where King Rama I’s ashes are enshrined.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, one of northern thailand’s sacred temples which is enthroned in a mountain and is accessible by a flight of 306 stairs and is beautifully decorated with white elephants, and other monuments.
Sukhothai Historical Park, Wat Sri Suphan, Sanctuary of Truth, Wat Benchamabophit and Ayutthaya Historical Park are also Thailand’s famous temples that are a must visit.
What is the best food to eat in Thailand?
Krathong Tong - An appetiser made of delicately fried shells generally filled with chicken, corn, potato, carrot and tangy cream sauce.
Gai Haw Bai Toey - A dish where the chicken is marinated in soy sauce, sesame oil and coriander roots and wrapped in aromatic vanilla incensed pandan leaves and deep fried imparting an herbal flavour to the chicken. The dish is also called Pandan Wrapped Chicken.
Gaeng Keaw Wan - That is the world-famous Thai green curry, an amazing blend of green curry paste and coconut cream served with jasmine rice or round rice noodles.
Lad Na - Popularly referred to as the national dish of Thailand, it is essentially rice flour noodles which are fried until nice and crispy and topped with a mix of fish sauce, black soy sauce and oyster sauce.
Pad Thai - Most common street food in Thailand, this dish is basically rice noodles stir fried with eggs and tofu and flavoured with fish sauce, palm sugar and tamarind pulp.
Gaeng Mussaman - A divine curry made the Muslim way that incorporates elements like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, cumin, bay leaves, nutmeg among others grinded to fine curry paste and fried with coconut cream. Chicken or other meat along with potatoes, onions, tamarind paste, sugar and fish sauce added later and cooked and eaten with rice and cucumber and onion salad.
Pla Rad Prik - A whole fish fried until crispy and topped with a traditional sweet, spicy and sour sauce made of garlic, palm sugar and chillies and eaten with rice, curry and soup.
Pad Kra Prao - Meat seasoned with fish sauce and a little bit of palm sugar or oyster or soy sauces and served with jasmine rice and topped with crispy fried egg.
Which are the best Indian restaurants in Thailand?
Bangkok - Charcoal Tandoor Grill & Mixology, The Great Kabab Factory, Indus Restaurant, Bawarchi Restaurant, Punjabi Grill, Kebabs & Kurries, JW Cafe, Gaggan Restaurant, Amritsr, Amaya Food Gallery, Punjab Grill Bangkok, Rang Mahal Restaurant, Al Saray.
Pattaya - Maharani, Zaika Indian Restaurant, Indian by Nature, Imli Grill, Panchwati Gujarati Indian Restaurant, Govindam, The Dosa Hut, Alibaba Tandoori & Curry Restaurant, Madras Darbar, Saras Express.
Phuket - Highway Curry Indian & Thai Cuisine, Magic Masala Indian Restaurant, Golden Paradise Restaurant, Hangover Inn Restaurant, Saffron Spice Restaurant & Bar, Tandoori Flames, Madras Cafe 2 & Guest House.
Chiang Mai - Rajdarbar Indian Restaurant, New Delhi Indian Food, Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant, Accha Authentic Indian Cuisine, Whole Earth Restaurant, Hinlay Curry House, Grill of India, Le Spice.
What are the best festivals in Thailand?
If you are visiting Thailand in April, from 13th - 15th of April, Songkran, the water festival would be the festival that you will find being celebrated across the island nation. You will see people drenched all around and splashing water with water guns, hose pipes, buckets and having fun.
The Lantern festival (Yi Peng) in Chiang Mai celebrated on a full moon in November is also a festival that provides a beautiful experience with thousands of brightly lit lanterns they are lit and raised in the night sky.
Buffalo racing festival in Chonburi during October is also a festival that draws in hordes of tourists. Jockeys ride bareback on their trusty buffalo beasts and race for 100meters while the crowds cheer away to glory.
Lopburi Monkey festival in November is another fun festival where approximately 3000 monkeys are fed with over 4 tonnes of fruits, vegetables and other treats. So enjoy the surreal experience of feeding a monkey.
In the month of January - February in Bangkok, the Chinese New Year is celebrated with huge fervour. The narrow streets of Chinatown are ramped up with firecrackers, dragon dancers and sumptuous chinese banquets.
What to shop on your Thailand tour?
You can find everything from handmade Thai jewelry, elephant souvenirs, clothing, Thai spices, Thai silk, ceramics, home decor items, dupes and first copies of all the famous brands in Thailand.
Where to shop on your Thailand trip?
Bangkok - Central world, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Chinatown, Asiatique the Riverfront and Rot Fai Market.
Phuket - Central Festival, Weekend Market, Jungceylon Shopping Mall, Walking street.
Pattaya - Floating Market of Pattaya, Royal Garden Plaza and the Pattaya Night Market.
Krabi - Krabi Town Walking Street, Maharaj Market and Vogue Departmental store.
How to get around in Thailand?
Thailand offers various modes of transport to get around. Tuk Tuks, Shuttle buses, Private car hire, trains, cruises you will find every mode of transport to suit your travel needs.
What is the most spoken language in Thailand?
There are several languages spoken in Thailand. Of which, Thai is the most spoken language. And there is a huge chunk of people who speak a variant of Thai in Thailand. Khmer, Malay and Chinese are the other minority languages spoken in Thailand.
Which is the most commonly used currency in Thailand?
Thai Baht is the currency used in Thailand. Other currencies are not widely accepted in Thailand and hence it is advised to convert your respective currency to Thai Baht for your travel to Thailand.
What is the ideal time to spend in Thailand?
6-7 days would be an ideal time to spend in Thailand owing to its vast landscape and an amazing list of islands to visit and umpteen things to do in them. Ideally 3 days in Bangkok, 2 days in Phuket, 2 days in Pattaya/Koh Samui/Krabi would be sound like a perfect itinerary.
What is the best time to visit Thailand?
The best time to take up Thailand tour would be anywhere between November and the end of February when the weather is cooler. Holidays like New Year and Christmas bring in the crowds, so remember to book well in advance. March to June is ideal if you are a beach person, also being just the time before the rains begin. If you avoid crowds and occasional rains do not bother you, you could probably choose the July to October period.
What are the documents required to obtain Thailand visa?
Thailand offers visa on arrival for Indians. Upon arrival at one of the 32 designated Immigration checkpoints, you have to furnish your airline boarding pass, visa application form duly filled, 4x6 recent passport size photograph, return flight tickets 15 days from the date of entry in Thailand, thailand arrival card provided during flight, hotel booking confirmation for stay in Thailand, 10,000THB as proof of living expenses per person and finally 2000THB visa on arrival application fee.