Let’s Toast to Thailand – The Land of Smiles!

From sun-soaked beaches and picturesque islands to lush green mountains and colourful nightlife, Thailand has something for everyone. This Southeast Asian Kingdom is friendly and fun loving, gracious and accommodating.

Thailand is the adventurer’s playground, the food lover’s heaven, and the shopper’s paradise. The traveller on a shoestring budget as well as the extravagant tourist can both have a fabulous time in this perfect tropical getaway.

Toast to Thailand: A Complete Thailand Travel Guide

Toast to Thailand provides travellers with detailed practical information and offers suggestions to those wanting to make the most of their time in this amazing Southeast Asian country. 

To keep things simple, our Thailand travel guide has been divided in three sections. Depending on the stage of your journey, click on a section to get started.

Planning for your Thailand trip

Our planning section includes details on currency exchange, the right time to visit, basic Thai greetings and words, a packing list, and tipping in Thailand. Tips on travel within Thailand, visa requirements, accommodation, shopping bargains, common scams and staying safe, costs, and other practical information is also given.

Top 5 Destinations: Thailand travel guide

Destinations provides information on the most popular places to visit in Thailand: Ayutthaya, Pattaya, Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai, and Koh Chang. Detailed and regularly updated information specific to these destinations, along with things to see and do when visiting, and favourite itineraries are provided in this section.

Things to do: Thailand travel guide

Pristine beaches, stunning temples, spectacular treks, floating markets, rafting, Walking Street nightlife, water sports, mountain climbing, Muay Thai, full moon parties, coral islands, tropical botanical gardens, cooking classes, massages… You’ll also get a flavour of one of the world’s favourite cuisines and exotic Thai fruits.

Discover Thailand With Us

We (Mona and Paul) have explored Thailand 21 times during the last 15 years. Each trip has been unique, and as our understanding of Thailand has evolved so has our love grown for this proud Buddhist nation.

Our Thailand travel guide is the result of extensive research and notes taken during our adventures in the country.

The travel tips in our blog are for all travellers, but will work best for mid-range travellers and backpackers.

Much of what we know now would have helped us immensely back when we started out.

No matter what stage of travel you are at or what your preferences are, our practical tips and money saving suggestions will help you get much more out of your holiday.

Mona & Paul's Thailand Travel Guide
Mona & Paul in Thailand
Mona and Paul, Meeting with Mrs Srisuda Wanapinyosak Deputy Governor, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) at World Travel Market (WTM) in London
With Mrs Srisuda Wanapinyosak, Deputy Governor, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) at WTM in London

Visiting Thailand?

Someone said, ‘unlike paradise, Thailand is easy to get to’. I doubt that he had visited paradise but I liked the comparison, and he did make a point: Thailand is accessible. In fact, Thailand is so accessible that it is one of the most visited countries in the world!

So how does a country with a population of 72 million, deal with 28 million visitors each year (2023 figures)?

Although the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has been doing an outstanding job at accommodating the influx of visitors, it hasn’t been able to keep up.

Thailand’s popularity continues to soar and its infrastructure is now under pressure because arrivals from overseas has more than doubled over the last decade.

Tours get booked in advance, the transport system is under strain, and hotel occupancy is at its highest ever.

Don’t get us wrong: Thailand still is an amazing holiday destination, but because its lures are no secret, it is turning into a slightly crowded version of paradise. You can, of course, get to a remote and non-touristy part if you prefer that. However, to make the most of your visit, you should begin planning your time in Thailand much before you visit.