Stickman's no-nonsense travel guide to Thailand
Written by Stickmanbangkok.
Text and images are courtesy of stickmanbangkok.com.
One of the world's most popular cuisines. Beautiful beaches and islands. Friendly, charming people. Warm weather all year round. Cheap prices for most things. Colourful, enchanting temples. An exotic culture preserved through the ages in a country that has never been colonised. Where are we talking about? Thailand, of course!
Located in the heart of Asia, Thailand has been captivating foreign visitors for decades. Previous visitors return year after year and as the word spreads, first-time visitors come flooding in. The number of foreign visitors to Thailand continues to increase and year after year, records are broken as international visitors flock to this fascinating country.
Arguably the most exotic destination in South East Asia, Thailand offers travellers and holidaymakers a huge range of vacation possibilities. It doesn't matter whether you're a budget traveller wanting to explore a foreign land on a tight budget, or a well-heeled traveller who wants to be pampered and experience the very best, Thailand has something for you.
But despite such huge numbers of international tourists, no mean feat given its location such a long way by air from the West, Thailand has not been unduly damaged by the ravages of mass tourism. It is still quite possible to find a pristine stretch of beautiful white sand beach that you can have all to yourself. Lazing away the days on a hammock under a palm tree on a mile long beach, without anyone else in sight, swaying in the breeze under a cloudless sky as the waves gently break against the soft white sand....is an experience that can still be had. Welcome to Thailand!
There is a huge amount of information about travelling and holidaying in Thailand already available - both on the internet and in print. In my usual, no nonsense, BS free style, I have tried to create a worthwhile. As always with my online writings about Thailand, I try and get beyond some of the lies, and misconceptions that are out there.
This page should not be seen as any sort of alternative to the excellent Lonely Planet book as I could never hope to compete with that book while running a non-commercial website. Further, the coverage of a limited number of destinations on this site reflects my experiences in only the places that I have been to and had enough time in to develop a bit of a feel for it. There are plenty of places that I have never been to that are therefore not covered and other places that I have visited but have not mentioned as I consider that I wasn't there long enough to develop a real feel for the place and therefore cannot offer any wisdom.
While I hope to provide some useful information, if you are planning a holiday to Thailand, you should consider picking up the excellent Lonely Planet Guide To Thailand. Like all publications, it is not without its faults, but in my opinion it's still the best guide book for preparing yourself for Thailand.
A lot of other information about travelling in Thailand can also be found in the extensive Working & Living in Bangkok section on stickmanbangkok.com. Although that section was originally written as a guide anyone looking at relocating to Bangkok, it also includes much information about food, transport, people, problems and the police that are relevant right throughout the Kingdom. There is a lot of overlap so it may be worth skimming over too.
This page could largely be separated into two separate sections. The first part gives general information about travelling in Thailand while the second part goes into detail about some of the places to visit and some of my feelings about them and experiences there. If you do not want to read through the entire page, select the section that interests you here.
Part 1: General information
Miscellaneous: Visa, weather, health, 'I want my money back!', communication, arrival
Accommodation in Bangkok
Getting around Thailand: Travel by bus, boat, air, train, and car
What to buy / shopping
Scams and problems
Stickman's Bangkok Tour
Part 2: Popular destinations
Historic places and temple ruins