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Top 10 Thailand Travel Tips

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Thailand budget travel fast facts:

• Live like a local! Use public transportation (like the Bangkok Metro), eat at local restaurants, and buy at local markets.

• Look for hotels just outside the main tourist spots, or for rooms without the pricier sea-views.

• Investigate air travel between popular tourist destinations, which in Thailand can be surprisingly affordable.

• Learn at least a few Thai travel phrases to make your trip that much more memorable.

In the past, travel to Southeast Asia was reserved for the more adventurous world tourists.

In recent years, the beach areas of Thailand have become a tourist magnet that almost everyone would like to experience.

Travelers from all over the world know about the prominent tourist spots in Thailand.

Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Phi Phi (PP Island) are popular Southeast Asia beach destinations, but Thailand has many other hidden vacation paradise spots waiting to be discovered and experienced.

To help you plan your exotic destination trip to Thailand, the travel advisors of have come up with a list of top travel tips to allow tourists to create new points of view concerning traveling to Thailand. Take advantage of their valuable experience and get to know Thailand as it truly is.

The travel advisors have summarized Top 10 Thailand Travel Tips, which cover popular tourist spots and undiscovered treasures for visitors to Thailand...

1. Koh Chang – Don't stop at only Koh Chang (Elephant Island) – Koh Mak and Koh Kood surrounding Koh Chang also have modern accommodations and unspoiled, beautiful beaches with sparkling blue-green waters for swimming and sports.

2. Chiang Mai – Try to find hotels outside of the big cities. Check for places to stay on the Hangdong–Samoeng and Samoeng–Sankamphaeng routes on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. The hotels here offer better views and are often less expensive than hotels in the big city with the same standards. You'll find that most of these hotels are less "touristy" and allow you to experience the true nature of northern Thailand.

3. Phuket – Don't pay too much attention to sea-view rooms. The limitation in space often makes these rooms more pricey. The sea can not be seen directly from rooms in most hotels. Tourists should pay more attention to the standard of the hotel and the distance from the beach!

Phuket beach
"In Phuket, forget the sea-view
rooms and pay more attention to
the standard of the hotel and the
distance from the beach..."

4. Koh Samui – If you are traveling on a limited budget, the best way to travel to Koh Samui is by speed boat from Lomprayah Catamaran Company. Lomprayah offers less expensive service than taxi for hire and service provided by the hotel directly. Even if you have no problem with funds, you might consider hiring a taxi because this creates job for the locals.

5. Andaman Sea – Trang Sea is as beautiful and interesting as nearby provinces such as Krabi. The prominent tourist spots in Andaman Sea are Ko Libong and Koh Hai.

6. Krabi – Although Railay Beach in on the mainland, you still have to travel by boat from Ao Nang Beach because it is surrounded by mountains and cannot be reached by land transportation.

7. Pattaya – Even among natives of Southeast Asia, Pattaya is famous for its beaches. North Pattaya beach and Central Pattaya beach have many facilities for tourists, but the true nature of Thailand can best be experienced on the Coral Island, Koh Lan, which is 7.5 kilometer from Pattaya. You can get there in 45 minutes by regular boat and 15 minutes by speedboat.

8. Hua Hin – Hua Hin is a popular beach that is close to Bangkok. It is one of the oldest and most popular beach areas in Thailand, but that does not mean that it is the most beautiful. Not far from Hua Hin, Pranburi Beach is much quieter and more suitable for relaxation. The transportation may not be as convenience as at Hua Hin, but it is definitely worth the effort to pay a visit to this hidden jewel.

9. Koh Samet – Contact your travel agency or the hotel in order to find out which pier to use for the boat to Koh Samet. Some hotels provide their own service. In this case, don't trust strangers because you might end up getting charged a higher price.

10. Bangkok shopping – Make sure to pay a visit to the Chatuchak Weekend Market. You'll find products from all over the country. This is an excellent place to shop for clothes,household items, souvenirs, food and other Thailand specialties. Bargaining is expected, but the values are exceptional even without the fun of talking the merchants into bring down the price.

More Thailand travel tips around the Web:

Bargain shopping at Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok

Budget Travel in Thailand

Tuk Tuks are for Tourists - Secrets for Getting Around Thailand

also see in Travel -> Best Beaches in Southeast Asia

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