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Thailand is a must-visit destination for round-the-world travelers, especially for the cheap prices and beautiful beaches. Even if you don’t pack enough, there are always knockoffs available on Bangkok’s Khao San Road. While most people imagine the humidity of the beaches around Phuket and Ko Phi Phi, the mountains near Chiang Mai bring a totally different experience for travelers. Be sure to plan your trip around Songkran in April, where locals and tourists alike have water fights in the street.
The temperatures soar to the high 90s Fahrenheit in the summer and April is the hottest month of the year in Thailand. If you wait until July to visit, the rainy season begins, which can often derail your travel plans.
3 dresses – For nice dinners and using as swimsuit cover ups. Try the Infinity Skirt on for size.
2 tank tops or T-shirts – Those sweltering days will be best spent in light shirts.
2 bras – I usually pack one nude bra and one black bra and it seems to fit my wardrobe well.
1 light jacket – If you’re visiting the mountains, it can get a little chilly at night.
1 windbreaker/rain jacket – If you visit in July, the monsoon season begins.
2 swimsuits – Following the wear one, wash one pattern, two should last you the entire trip.
Closed toed shoes – If you wear flip flops at the Full Moon Party you will only wake up with one! Closed toed shoes like Toms are less likely to get lost.
Nice flats or sandals – For a night out when flip flops won’t do.
>> Read more about different types of shoes for travel.
Soap or Body Wash – I brought body wash instead, but soap is usually easier to pack if you’re flying carry-on only.
Toothbrush/Paste – Also get a snap-on case so you don’t get anything on your toothbrush.
Deodorant – Keep yourself smelling nice!
Razor – You only need one to keep those legs smooth.
Brush – Travel sized worked for me.
Hair ties – Necessary to keep the hair off your neck on those hot days.
Motion Sickness Medicine – Tuk tuk, boat and bus rides can make even the strongest stomach a little queasy!
Birth Control – You can never be too safe.
Diva Cup – The last thing you want on your trip is to be tied down by lady products. The Diva Cup is ideal for this trip since you will be active and won’t always have time to change.
Prescriptions – While prescription drugs in Thailand are super cheap, you may want to pack anti-malarial pills.
Book a Viator Tour Before You Go
4-Day Northeast Thailand Heritage and Temples Tour from Bangkok – $896.20*
Explore the Northeast of Thailand, commonly known as Isaan with this 4 day Private Tour. The tour starts in Bangkok and covers Korat, Saraburi, Khao Yai, Pimai, Phanom Rung, Muang Tam, Surin, Si Saket and Ubon Ratchathani.
City-to-Shore Biking Adventure on the Gulf of Thailand from Bangkok – $76.19*
Leave the bustle of Bangkok behind for a full-day bike tour along the Gulf of Thailand. Travel by train, ferry and bike from Bangkok to the coast, where you’ll explore the rural coastline by bicycle, breathing in the fresh ocean air. Visit a mangrove forest, look for wildlife, check out the Mahachai Market and refuel with a fresh seafood lunch.
Protection from the Elements:
Sunscreen – The sun in Thailand is relentless, so don’t forget to pack sunscreen with high SPF.
Hat – Keep yourself from getting sunburned and spending the day inside!
Sunglasses – I brought two pairs, just in case I lose or break one.
Camera – Show off all the great scenery of Thailand.
Underwater case – This keeps you from worrying about your camera getting wet on a trip to the beach.
Chargers – Don’t forget the necessary adapters for your electronics.
iPod – Necessary lounging on the beach and long bus rides.
Water bottle – Stay hydrated, especially if you plan on consuming a few buckets.
Ear Plugs – If you’re a light sleeper and are staying in Bangkok’s backpacker district, you may want some good foam ear plugs to drown out the drunken antics of your fellow travelers.
Passport and necessary visas – Visas are not necessary for US citizens if you’re staying for one month if you arrive by air and fifteen days if you arrive by land.
Deck of cards – What better way to make friends at your hostel than over a drinking game?
Travel insurance – Between Bangkok’s floods of this year and the Red Shirt protests of 2008 and 2010, you never know what’s going to happen, so it pays to be prepared with travel insurance.
More Thailand Travel Tips
ATMs that accept foreign cards are plentiful in the bigger cities, so it’s easy enough to take out baht directly. However, if you feel more comfortable changing over money beforehand, check the current exchange rates to make sure you are getting a good deal. Just be sure to let your bank know you will be overseas.
The further you go from the “tourist” spots, the less likely you are to find English speakers. However, you shouldn’t have any problems communicating in bigger cities like Bangkok, Chiang Mai or Phuket.
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P.S. If you like this post, you may be interested in the following:
- What I Wish I’d Brought to Thailand
- Thailand Travel and Packing Guide
- How to be a Responsible Tourist in Thailand
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