Often labeled the Land of Smiles, Thailand is a diverse and wondrous country. Thai culture has been shaped by many influences, including Indian, Lao, Burmese, Cambodian, and Chinese. Visit the ancient temples, explore the countryside by cycle, trek the tropical jungles, enjoy island hopping, discover hidden caves and lagoons, and sample new cuisine in the floating markets. Sodha Travel also offers several sustainable tourism and voluntourism packages in Thailand, including home stays, volunteer projects, and conservation initiatives.
Southeast Asia, bordering Cambodia, Laos, and Burma (Myanmar)
Many festivals and holidays in Thailand are determined by the lunar calendar and the exact dates differ every year. There are several days for Buddhist observance, including Magha Puja in February (commemorating the Buddha's teaching of Ovada Patimokkha) and Vesak in May (commemorating the birth, enlightenment, and passing of Buddha). Loi Krathong, a festival celebrating the tradition of making buoyant baskets to float on a river, occurs in November.
Popular public holidays include:
Approximately 75–95% of the population is ethnically Thai, which includes four major regional groups: Central Thai (Khon Pak Klang), Northeastern Thai (Khon Isan), Northern Thai (Khon Lanna), and Southern Thai (Khon Tai). Thai Chinese, those of significant Chinese heritage, are 14% of the population, while Thais with partial Chinese ancestry comprise up to 40% of the population.
Thai Malays represent 3% of the population, with the remainder consisting of Mons, Khmers and various hill tribes.
The children of Thailand are always charming. If you choose to bring items to distribute to the kids, we recommend candy, pens, paper, and stickers.
Beggars are common. Many cities have homes that teach this craft as a scam, especially by manipulating children. If you feel compelled to give, we recommend donating money to a reputable charitable organization that will disperse the funds to the community.
Please ask your guide or representative about recognized places to donate.
Thailand continues to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia. Often labeled the Land of Smiles, Thailand is a diverse country that caters to travelers of all budgets. Thai culture has been shaped by many influences, including Indian, Lao, Burmese, Cambodian, and Chinese. Visit the ancient temples, explore the countryside by cycle, trek the tropical jungles, enjoy island hopping, discover hidden caves and lagoons, and sample new cuisine in the floating markets.
U.S. citizens carrying a tourist passport and in possession of an onward or return airline ticket do not require a visa to enter Thailand. The passport must have at least six months validity remaining to be allowed entry. Upon entry, Thai immigration officials will place an immigration stamp in the passport permitting a 30-day stay in Thailand if arriving by air or a 15-day stay if arriving by land.
It all depends on your destination and season of travel. Much of Thailand has a tropical climate. A light jacket or layering is best to accommodate the varying temperatures. Also, we suggest shoes that are comfortable for walking, including sandals and tennis shoes. A head cover may be required for women and men at certain sacred sites and places of worship.
It really depends on your destination, activities and season of travel. Generally speaking, the preferred time to visit Thailand is during the dry season from November – March. Our destination specialists will recommend certain travel times after learning more about your preferences and budget.
Immunizations are not required to visit Thailand. Depending on the season and region of travel, we will suggest preventative measures. We do highly recommend the Tetanus, Typhoid, and Hepatitis A vaccine and encourage all travelers to be current on routine immunizations. For detailed information, please contact your physician or visit the CDC website.
Ultimately, what do you hope to see and experience during your trip? Our destination specialists will make recommendations based on your travel preferences. Many travelers arrive in Bangkok and also include visits to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and the islands. Depending on your interests, we also offer adventure activities in the jungles, home visits and ecotourism programs.
Thailand has a very low crime rate and is generally a safe country. However, as with any international travel, please be aware of your surroundings. Always make sure your purse is zipped and wallets are in sealed pockets. In the markets, be vigilant of pick-pockets and distraction scams. Additionally, at the train/bus stations and airports, monitor your luggage at all times.
Outside major cities, limited English is spoken by Thais. However, English is spoken at all hotels, major restaurants and shops. Road signs are written in both Thai and English throughout the country, with few exceptions.