Tips for travelling from India to Thailand was exactly what I googled, back when I discovered I was travelling to Bangkok for the first time. I was excited, for this was my first time living in a foreign country all alone.

A country that’s safe, cheap, travel-friendly, and in close proximity (to India) – what more does one want? If you’re still faced with an ocean of doubts, let me tell you all the useful tips for travelling from India to Thailand, especially if its your first time.

Since I was going to be living alone in Thailand for 7 months, I was faced with a whole new set of questions. – ” What are my go-to places for when I crave Dal Makhani ?” “What are safe places to travel solo” etc etc. My current blog is an endeavour to help my fellow Indians with their first trip to Thailand and answer all questions.

Travelling from India to Thailand

Tips for Travelling from India to Thailand

Whether you’re travelling for a day, for a week, for a month, or for a year, I will make an effort to share with you all the tips that I learnt during my first time in Thailand.

I hope that my 7 month long experience in Thailand helps all my fellow Indians plan an efficient and cost effective trip.

Here are my top 18 tips for all first time travellers to Thailand.

1.Carry both cash and card while visiting Thailand

Carry both cash and card while travelling to Thailand. Although carrying cash is more convenient., you should carry a card too, to be on the safer side. If you use an ATM, there will be some extra fees, including a 200 baht charge from the Thai bank, plus the domestic bank charges for the foreign exchange.

2. Travel between March and September to save money

If possible try to plan your Thailand trip between March to September. Reason being that during this time, you can travel on a shoestring budget. Not only will you be able to save a large amount of money during this time but also stay for a longer time.

3. Avail visa on arrival if your trip is less than 15 days

Thailand offers some good news for all travellers whose duration of stay is less than 15 days. And that is Visa on Arrival (VOA) for all Indian travellers. Thailand’s economy runs majorly on tourism and thus, the country ensures a hassle-free visa process for a number of countries including India.

4.Carry your VOA fee in Thai Bahts (THB) only

Remember that you need to pay your VOA (Visa on Arrival) fee in Baht only. So, If you haven’t carried bahts along with you, you could get it exchanged at booths in the customs hall. However, the rates would be relatively higher and it wouldn’t be a good idea to exchange all your money there. So just exchange the VOA fee at the airport.

5. Get the bulk of your money exchanged at ‘Super Rich’ Exchange Service

Once you have paid your VOA at the airport, move outside the airport and look for the nearest ‘Super Rich’ Exchange service. You will get a better exchange rate here as compared to exchange at the airport. Super Rich is one of the most popular money exchange services in Thailand.

6.Try carrying a multi currency Forex Card

In Thailand, each time you withdraw money using a Forex card, you’ll be charged a fee of 220 THB and the maximum limit to withdraw at a time is 25,000 THB. This is a great option if you already hold a multiple currency Forex cards. You could also swipe your card wherever possible to avoid withdrawing again and being charged the fee.

7. Give a shot at street food especially in Bangkok

As a first time traveller to Thailand, you have got to taste the street food there. It is delicious, well prepared and flavourful. Most vendors prepare meals using fresh ingredients and thousands of locals consume it on a daily basis. The street food across Bangkok is 100% safe in terms of hygiene.

8. Enjoy cheap beer at the Night Markets

If you’re into beer and don’t mind an occasional drink, just venture off to any night market across places in Thailand and buy yourself some good beer. It will prove to be super cheap and quite tasteful.

9. Get access of authentic Indian food in some specific areas

Areas where you’ll find clusters of Indian restaurants in Bangkok are Pratunam, Little India or Phahurat, and Silom. Must-visit restaurants in these areas are Saras, Anmol Indian Food, Chennai Kitchen and Charcoal.

10. Don’t order vegetarian food without checking it first

At most eating places across Thailand, if you order vegetarian food, you almost always end up being served food that has tad bits of meat and fish. This is because being vegetarian in Thailand translates to not eating chunky pieces of meat. Other things like oyster sauce, chicken garnishing, and fish oil are deemed to be okay. So always check your meal before consuming.

11. Don’t freak out if you receive your shopped goods unpacked

Ever thought of travelling to a foreign country with almost nothing packed? Well, with Thailand, you can. No kidding. Everything out here starting from bags to shoes to clothes to electronics to cosmetics to cameras is so cheap, that you’ll hardly regret your decision. So don’t worry if your stuff is unpacked.

12. Keep your knees and shoulders covered at places of worship

One of the very crucial tips for travelling from Thailand to India is to remember one standard rule: always cover your shoulders and your knees. The most cautiousness you need to display with respect to clothing in Thailand is for when you visit temples. You really do not want to offend the locals in their place of worship, by not dressing appropriately.

13. Try being a part of a Full Moon Party

One of the most popular nightlife experiences in other parts of Thailand are the Full Moon Parties at Koh Phangan. These parties are lit, flashy and so much fun. Try to plan your trip around dates when you can be a part of Full Moon parties.

14. Don’t assume every massage parlour to be sexual

Just because you’re in Thailand and getting rubbed on with a soothing massage does not mean at all to assume that the massage has a sexual connotation. Yes, Thailand is big on sex tourism but there are legit places for that and not every massage parlour provides it.

15. Take metered cabs only

Metered cabs are found across most cities in Thailand especially Bangkok. Make sure that you use metered cabs only when it comes to transport and not ordinary cabs. Else, there will be times when the cab driver pitches 200-300 THB for a mere 10 Km drive.

16. Respect all elderly Thai locals immensely

Hierarchy is given extra importance in Thailand. Social status and respect for the elders are prioritised here. Therefore, one of the very essential tips for travelling from India to Thailand would be to respect all elderly locals at all times.

17. Avoid touching anybody’s head in Thailand

Touching anybody’s head is seen as hugely offensive in Thailand and therefore do not indulge in that sort of social behaviour. Else, you will be looked down upon badly by people.

18. Learn basic Thai phrases if you plan to stay for a long duration

You do not want the language to become a barrier in your Thailand trip. Thus, one of the tips for travelling from India to Thailand is to try to learn and memorise some of the important Thai phrases. Sawatdii means Hello. Sabaidii mai means how are you? Sabaidii means I’m well. Mai sabaii means I’m not well.

A huge part of the Thai economy sustains itself from travel and tourism. So overall, Thailand is a really easy country to travel to even if its your first time. However let me dive deep into every possible kind of tip that might help you in this strange but nice Asian country.

Visa tips for travelling from India to Thailand

Top Tip: Decide the nature of your visa in time

Decide your duration of stay before hand so that you know which visa to go for as a traveller visiting Thailand.

For Indian travellers, two kinds of visa exists – 1) Visa on Arrival (VOA) in case your stay is limited to less than 15 days in Thailand. You can procure this visa from the airport itself 2) Standard Visa in case your stay is more than 30 days in Thailand. For this visa, you’ll have to apply before hand at the Royal Thai Embassy. Its offices lie in 3 Indian metros – Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata.

Thailand Visa on Arrival (VOA) Fee

2,000 THB

Documents Required for Thailand Visa

A valid passport, VOA application form, photographs, confirmed return tickets, proof of accommodation, and proof of sufficient funds to support your trip.

Passport Photo

Must be 4*cm

In a general scenario, all you need to do is show up at the airport with your passport, a few passport photographs, and 2,000 THB. In case you want to extend your stay beyond 15 days, you can get the same done at the Immigration Bureau.

Tips for travelling from India to Thailand

Currency exchange & withdrawal tips for travelling from India to Thailand

Top Tip: Avoid exchanging or withdrawing money at the airport

Exchanging the Indian Rupee for Thai Baht is not a sensible thing if done at the airport. So do it outside using the ‘Super Rich’ exchange service. The only money that should be exchanged at the airport is the Visa on Arrival fee. In that regard you have no choice.

The first thing that comes to mind when planning a visit to Thailand is the money issue. Where do I get my money exchanged? What’s the scene with Forex cards? What are Forex card charges in Thailand? Should I exchange money before I travel to Thailand? Should I just withdraw in Thailand instead? Let me answer all these questions for you.

At the Airport

To start with, remember that you need to pay your VOA (Visa on Arrival) fee in baht only (in cases that it isn’t waived off). If you haven’t carried bahts along with you, you could get it exchanged at booths in the customs hall. However, the rates would be relatively higher and it wouldn’t be a good idea to exchange all your money there.

After your visa formalities, you could head to B Floor and visit one of the many currency exchange booths to get better deals.

Outside the Airport

If you’re looking out for the cheapest rates, simply get it done outside of the airport (one of the most crucial tips for travelling from India to Thailand). Super Rich is one of the most popular money exchange services in Thailand.

Forex Cards

Alternatively, you could carry a Forex card along with you and simply withdraw at the ATM. Every time you withdraw, you’ll be charged a fee of 220 THB and the maximum limit to withdraw at a time is 25,000 THB.

Money tips for travelling from India to Thailand

Top Tip: Make a reasonable budget plan

Thailand is extremely cheap as a travel destination. In fact it’s one of the most popularly visited South East Asian countries. However, if you fail to make a budget plan, you will end up spending way more than required even in this affordable destination.

As you might have guessed by now, Thailand is extremely cheap as a travel destination. This is one of the principal reasons why it is one of the most visited countries in South East Asia. This particular section will give you a better idea of how much you’d be roughly shelling out for basic necessities while travelling in Thailand.

Flights

Return airfare from India to Thailand can cost as little as 7,000 THB if booked at the right time.

Food

A meal by the street: 50 THB

A meal in an inexpensive restaurant: 200 THB

Dining at a high-end restaurant: 400 THB+

Accommodation

A night’s stay in a hostel: 250 THB+

Fancier hotels and resorts: 1000 THB+

Drinking Water

A bottle of mineral water (1.5 litres) at the supermarket: 15 THB

Beer

Domestic beer (0.5 litres) at the supermarket: 50 THB

Taxis

Starting fares in cities: 35 THB

Additional kilometre: 10 THB

Bike Rental

Fares in most towns: 300 THB per day

Fuel

Price per litre: 30 THB

As you can see, planning a trip to Thailand on a budget is very much possible. So, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets right away, and explore the land of smiles.

Packing tips for travelling from India to Thailand

Top Tip: Pack clothes that don't make you uncomfortable

Thailand has a tropical weather and so pack cotton fabric as much as you can. Also, I highly insist that you don’t load your suitcases up. Instead just pack light and have a hassle free trip.

Overall, you do not have to worry much about how you dress in Thailand. There aren’t any straight-up rules to prohibit anything, but there certainly are unsaid rules about what’s more acceptable and what’s not.

Firstly, considering the fact that most of Thailand experience hot temperatures, it would be a good idea to carry the Bermudas, shorts, cotton shirts, polo t-shirts and summer dresses.

Thailand will also repeatedly offer you the opportunity to take a dip in clear waters at beaches or waterfalls. Make it a point, thus, to always carry a set of swim clothes with you. 

The most cautiousness you need to display with respect to clothing in Thailand is for when you visit temples. You really do not want to offend the locals in their place of worship, by not dressing appropriately.

One of the tips for travelling from Thailand to India is to remember one standard rule: always cover your shoulders and your knees.

Men

Collared shirts and shorts that come at least to the knee. Pants would be most preferred.

Women

Tops that cover the shoulders and pants or skirts that are at least knee-length.

In case you’re visiting the North of Thailand, make sure you carry a jacket or two, for temperatures could drop.

Tips for travelling from India to Thailand

A smart thing to do would be to carry a jacket or a scarf around at all points. That way, even if you’re wearing clothes that are inappropriate as per Thai standards, it won’t be a problem. This is me wearing a jacket to cover my shoulders at a temple.

Itinerary tips for travelling from India to Thailand

Top Tip: Explore more offbeat locations near Bangkok

Most travellers restrict their Thailand trip to only mainstream places especially when it comes to Bangkok. But avoid that mistake. By not exploring the lesser known locations, you’ll really miss out on a lot of beauty.

While most popular itineraries and tours and travels companies target Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and Krabi, Thailand is much more than just that. I made sure that during my 7 months in Thailand, I explored a lot of offbeat places especially around Bangkok.

Places around Bangkok

Ayutthaya – a city of ruins

Kanchanaburi – a treasure for history lovers

Erawan – an hour’s drive from Kanchanaburi; magical waterfalls.

Koh Si Chang – a utopian little island not many know of.

South Thailand

Koh Samui, Similan Islands, Koh Lipe – beaches with bluer waters, whiter sands, and lesser crowds.

North Thailand

Chiang Mai – known for its beautiful treks.

Pai – gorges, waterfalls and hot springs amidst gorgeous greens.

National Parks

Khao Yai – miles and miles of greenery, waterfalls, wildlife, and camping opportunities.

There are thousands of other beautiful destinations in Thailand that are cheaper, and not as commercialised.

Tips for travelling from India to Thailand

Me at my happiest when we found a natural pool to ourselves in the wild. However, if you plan to jump into one of these pools, exercise absolute caution. The currents are often really strong, and there are huge chances of you slipping and falling.

Accommodation tips for travelling from India to Thailand

Top Tip: Bunk in backpacking hostels or homestays

There is no dearth of budget places to stay across Thailand. However, try booking your accommodation really early to end up spending less on stays and more on sightseeing and food in general.

Since I was going to stay in Thailand, across places for so many months, I had to bunk myself in a budget stay. What could be better than a backpacking hostel ?

It makes me happy to share with you all that backpacking hostels are super clean, safe and fun across Thailand. Not only do you connect with so many people there but also save a huge amount of money. 

In Bangkok, I stayed at the YES KAOSAN BACKPACKING HOSTEL. Not only was I super comfortable but made a lot of friends as well.

Tips for travelling from India to Thailand

My bed in one of the hostels I stayed at in the north of Thailand. It was ridiculously cheap, clean, tidy, and came with a really helpful staff. If you really wish to travel cheap in Thailand, you can. There are multiple ways in which you can cut down expenses.

Food tips for travelling from India to Thailand

Top Tip: Dig the right eateries across Thailand

Thailand can easily be called as the country for foodies. There is so much to eat and dine. All you need to do is dig at the right places. Go crazy on Thai food including street food, Indian food, Continental food and much more.

On my first night in Thailand, I was clueless. And hungry. Having no knowledge of food apps and delivery services, I simply decided to go for a walk. All this while, I was of the assumption that Mumbai (my hometown) is exploding with street food.

Street Food in Thailand

No matter what part of Thailand you are in, street food will be found in abundance. “Do they never cook at home?” I couldn’t not wonder. I’d walked barely a kilometre, and passed stalls selling all kinds of food – fried rice, noodles, sausages, sautéed veggies, Thai Rotis, fresh fruits, fruit juices, coffee, etc. Just a short walk made me witness a new cuisine altogether – in terms of looks, taste, aroma and fragrance.

International Cuisine in Thailand

I’m simply going to assume that a trip to Thailand necessarily means a trip to Bangkok for all. While trying out authentic Thai food is fun, there’ll definitely be days that you’ll want to play it safe. You’re going to want to eat food you’re familiar with, and food you don’t have to think twice before ordering. Bangkok’s got your back there.

No matter what you’re craving: Spanish paella, Italian spaghetti, Mexican burritos, Indian biryani or Middle Eastern hummus – you’ll be sure to find it in Bangkok’s finest restaurants.

One of the most crucial tips for travelling from India to Thailand is to explore apps like Dineout for any discounts and offers.

Thailand’s Night Markets

Instagram boasts of numerous colourful photographs of night markets in Bangkok. These markets are almost like a bright, vibrant maze of stalls selling all things under the sun – shoes, bags, clothes, wallets, belts, lighters, car parts, and lots of food. Make sure you visit one of these to grab some great food and some cheap beer.

Finding Indian Food in the Land of Smiles

10 days into Thailand, I found myself craving Indian food. I was sure of the fact that Bangkok has a number of Indian restaurants, but was blown away to see how many.

No matter what your budget is, you can enjoy a wholesome Indian meal in Bangkok. Areas where you’ll find clusters of Indian restaurants in Bangkok are Pratunam, Little India or Phahurat, and Silom.

Must-visit restaurants

Saras

There’s a total of 2 branches in Bangkok, and their wide range of dishes will leave you confused as hell. Rajasthani thalis, chaat, dosas, kachoris, vada pav, classic dal and roti; you name it, they have it.

Price Range: 200-300 THB per person on an average.

Anmole Indian Food

Imagine typical cheap thali-type restaurants in commercial office areas in India? Those are the exact vibes you’ll get once you enter this little food joint. Food’s as cheap as it can get, and you cannot miss its delicious (unlimited) vegetarian thali.

Price Range: 99 THB for the thali.

Chennai Kitchen

Located in Silom, this little restaurant is run by an old South Indian lady, who almost made me feel like I was being fed by my own mother. The crispy Rava masala dosa was probably one of the best I’ve had in my life.

Price Range: 200 THB per person on an average.

Charcoal

If you’re in the mood to spend some bucks, head to Charcoal, a fine-dine Indian restaurant. They also have a great variety of wines in addition to the delicious and authentic Indian food.

Price Range: Minimum 300 THB per person on an average.

In addition to these restaurants, there are hundreds of more you could choose to explore. If there’s a gem you manage to find, leave it in the comments section at the end of the blog.

Also keep in mind that you won’t find Indian restaurants across all of Thailand. Bangkok is an exception because it caters to a huge Indian population.

Tips for travelling from India to Thailand

The first time I made it to Anmole Indian restaurant, I could hardly believe I was in Thailand. Along with authentic food and traditional Indian cutlery, Bollywood music played in the background. That vibe almost made me want to go back home – rare.

What’s for Vegetarians in Thailand?

On navigating my way through one of the local markets in Thailand, I was convinced that Thailand is blessed with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. I told myself that even in the worst of situations, I could survive by munching on bread and fruits.

Doable? Not really. You cannot possibly live on just that for months. Well, at least I can’t. The very next day, I found myself awkwardly pointing out at meaty things at a street-side stall, trying to tell the lady in her late 60’s all the things I do not eat.

The reason why I did that, and not just use Google Translate was because of the Thai conceptualisation of Vegetarianism. Being vegetarian in a number of Asian countries would translate to not eating chunky pieces of meat. Other things like oyster sauce, chicken garnishing, and fish oil are deemed to be okay.

I nervously waited for my food to come. I was soon ushered to a wooden table with a low wooden stool. A steamy plate, heaped with rice and sautéed veggies made it to my table. It was delicious, and I do not remember the last time I felt fuller – both physically and emotionally.

Vegetarian Food in Thailand

This was when Happy Cow app came to my rescue. Being a vegetarian in Thailand, I was tired of choosing from meagre options, and always ‘settling’ for food. I needed something more than that. This vegan burger along with the pineapple smoothie made my day.

Tips for Travelling from India to Thailand as a Vegetarian

A Mobile Application

Download “Happy Cow,” an application that helps you look for vegetarian and vegan restaurants in your vicinity. It is available for free on Android devices and at a nominal cost on Apple.

Thai Desserts

Always keep an eye out for Thai desserts being sold on the streets and in night markets. You generally do not have to worry about meat being present in these cases, and it’s certainly a good change.

A Vegetarian Festival

Generally celebrated in the month of October, this vegetarian festival is practice all across Thailand. Most restaurants and convenience stores even offer a wider range of vegetarian food items over these 10 days.

The Vegetarian Symbol

Instead of the universal green symbol, look for the Thai symbol implying “vegetarian.” You can google it to see what it looks like.

Vegetarian food can certainly be found and consumed in Thailand. You simply need to be more alert, and less picky.

Transport tips for travelling from India to Thailand

Top Tip: Use metered cabs, ferries and buses more

Why spend large amounts of money on transport in cities of Thailand when you can easily travel in public transport comprising buses and ferries. If you want to rent out private cabs, go for metered ones only.

Commuting from point A to point B is relatively simple and cheap in Thailand. While in Bangkok, you will have endless transport options to choose from.

Cabs

Metered cabs can be found all across the city quite conveniently.

Tip: Make sure that the cab is a metered one, and that the driver is not charging you a fixed rate.

There were times that we’ve been pitched 200-300 THB for a mere 10-kilometre drive. Say no, or look for another cab in that case.

Tips for travelling from India to Thailand

Cabs are the most common mode of transport in Thailand. All the pink and yellow vehicles in this picture are taxis. While they’re not exorbitantly expensive, cheaper alternatives exist – BTS, MRT, bus, ferries, etc. You must experience them all!

Alternatively, you could download the Grab App on your smartphones – a substitute for Uber/Ola in Thailand. I personally find them to be more expensive, but they could prove to be a convenient option at times

Tip: You can also opt for the motorbike taxi, not just for the experience but to cruise past the unending traffic in Bangkok.

BTS Skytrain

In case you’re travelling alone and do not wish to spend on cabs, Bangkok also offers a BTS Skytrain in the Sukhumvit and Silom areas. These are hard-core tourist areas, thus making it a reliable and economical option to commute especially for tourists.

Additionally, an underground MRT subway intersects the BTS at multiple points, offering commuters greater convenience in terms of reaching their destinations.

Buses

Bangkok also has a well-connected network when it comes to buses.

The first-ever bus that I took in Bangkok, cost me a mere 7 baht. Yes, that’s right. Google Maps are pretty helpful to get information on buses, or you could simply ask the locals.

Ferries

Lastly, ferries run along the Chao Phraya River, transporting thousands of people on a daily basis. They are a great and pocket-friendly option. 

You must take the ferry at least once, just for the experience.

I’ve caught some of the most beautiful sunsets while on these rides, and these ferries are undoubtedly a blessing during peak hours.

Long-Distance Travel

For long-distance travel, you can opt for 1) Trains 2) Mini Vans/Buses. Although trains are cheaper, the buses are faster and also more popular.

Tips for travelling from India to Thailand

A ride on the ferry that was quick, traffic-free, and cost just 19 baht. These ferries have also treated me to some of the best sunsets. If you wish to experience public transport on water, do hop on to a ferry. You can look for routes and schedules online.

Safety tips for travelling from India to Thailand

Top Tip: Don't venture into lonely places and deserted beaches

Most parts of Thailand are safe. However, I would highly advise against venturing into lonely deserted places and beaches. Reason being, you might just be caught up by the wrong people off guard. Save yourself the hassle and explore places with people only.

If you’re travelling solo, try not to catch so much attention to yourself by being rowdy or rude. Respect the place and its people. The more polite you’ll be the more the locals will help you out in times of need. If you’re travelling in a group, don’t end up misbehaving with the locals at any point in time. Not even during your visit to any nightclub.

Your safety lies in your own hands especially in the way you behave. People in general around Thailand are very hospitable and so don’t mess with them. Instead try being a part of their community.

Tips for travelling from India to Thailand

Thailand has some of the best locales I’ve ever seen. I’ve been to all these places alone and have ensured that I stay safe at all times. Just remember 2 things – Don’t venture out in the dark by yourself & don’t spend too long on deserted beaches.

Party tips for travelling from India to Thailand

Top Tip: Buy booze from 7 Elevens if you want to go party

One of my tips for travelling from India to Thailand on a budget is this: head to one of the many 7 eleven’s that mark every street in Thailand, and down some booze. This will save you a lot of money you’d otherwise spend on expensive cocktails in bars and clubs.

Bangkok equates wild partying in most people’s heads.

It’s true. On a Tuesday night, I headed to one of the ‘happening areas’ of Bangkok at night. Trust me when I say this, I haven’t even seen Saturday nights back in Bombay (my hometown) as lit. Happy hours, live music, good food, and great crowds in almost each and every bar lined the street.

Some of the must-visit streets in Bangkok:

Khao San

A backpacker’s hub, cheap bars and clubs.

Rambuttri

A quieter and calmer version of Khao San.

Sukhumvit Soi 11

Some great bars, great cocktails, great live music.

Thonglor-Ekkamai

Multiple streets with artsy cafes and wonderful bars.

Here, there’s something for everyone

What’s best is that Thailand’s nightlife is not just restricted to Bangkok, but also to North and South Thailand. No matter what part of Thailand you’re headed to, nights won’t be boring.

One of the most popular nightlife experiences in other parts of Thailand are the Full Moon Party at Koh Phangan. I had the opportunity to be a part of one such kickass full moon party arranged by a local agent. I was new in the place so I needed an agent to fix me up. You too can go for it. It was quite the value for money.

Massage tips for travelling from India to Thailand

Top Tip: Do not spend more than 300 THB on a Thai massage

Due to a large number of parlours offering massages all across Thailand, prices are generally low. If the weight of your backpack is taking a toll on you, a relaxing Thai massage is what you need. Thai massages are universally popular and have a long history. Fortunately, they still continue to more than survive – you will be sure to find at least one massage parlour every 500 meters.

It’s possible that you’re a little sceptical about getting the massage done, even though you really want to. A number of questions could be baffling you – do I keep my clothes on? What if the massage is too harsh and causes pain? Will it be in an enclosed room?

In most parlours, you will be given a set of loose, comfortable and clean clothes. While it is generally optional to change into it, you will only have a better experience if you do.

Next, and also the most important, in case you find the massage to be too harsh on your body, you need to ask them to be gentler. Everybody has a different body, and you being vocal about what feels good and what doesn’t will not only help the masseuse but also yourself.

Full body Thai massage in average parlours

200-250 THB

Oil massage in average parlours

400 THB

Full Body Thai massage in luxury parlours

500 THB +

Thai massages sometimes have an assumed sexual connotation. That can make massage. Well, interesting and awkward. To avoid such encounters or services you do not desire, stay out of the shady areas or just make things clear right at the start.

Social tips for travelling from India to Thailand

Follow the unspoken social etiquette in Thailand

Some of the many social etiquette followed in Thailand are almost unsaid. Remember that in most cases, you won’t be called out (except when it comes to religious etiquette), but it’s still great to behave as per the culturally accepted norm when travelling to a foreign country.

Travelling to a country that’s as culturally-rich as Thailand might require some homework. You do not want to engage in any behaviour or gesture that is considered rude by the locals.  One of the most important tips for travelling from India to Thailand is to do some prior research on the subject.

So, read on to find out what you must do and what should be avoided –

1.Being confrontational, and overtly honest and critical might not be taken too well by Thais.

2.The Thai national anthem is played at 8 am and 6 pm in some public places. It would be great if you could show respect by standing still for those 2-3 minutes.

3.Cover your head and shoulders when visiting religious or sacred places.

4.Talking about the King or politics openly isn’t appreciated.

5.Whenever you enter someone’s home, remove your shoes unless specified otherwise.

6.The word khun is added before the first name as a symbol of respect.

7.Touching someone’s head is the last thing you’d want to do.

Must-Know Thai Phrases for gaining respect socially

You do not want the language to become a barrier in your travels. One of the tips for travelling from India to Thailand is to try to learn and memorise some of these important Thai phrases. 

Hello: Sawatdii

How are you: Sabaidii mai?

I’m well: Sabaidii

I’m not well: Mai sabaii

Yes: Chaii

No: Mai chaii

Thank you: Khob khun

Sorry: Khot hort

I don’t speak Thai: Pood thai mai dai

Note that Thai is a difficult language to learn. You do not need to get intimidated if you don’t seem to remember the words right. However, do give it a shot. The locals will be pleased to hear you say a word in Thai.

Shopping tips for travelling from India to Thailand

Top Tip: Save money by saying NO to packings

Ever thought of travelling to a foreign country with almost nothing packed? Well, with Thailand, you can. No kidding. Everything out here starting from bags to shoes to clothes to electronics to cosmetics to cameras is SO cheap, that you’ll hardly regret your decision..

There have been times that I’ve come back home handed because there were just so many options. (PS: doesn’t happen to all, I’m just a bad shopper.)

Must-visit markets/malls in Bangkok:

Chatuchak Market

The biggest weekend market in the world; you can buy anything and everything at dirt cheap prices out there.

The Platinum Mall

Imagine floors and floors of shoes, bags and clothes.

Rod Fai Market

Seen those colourful Instagram photographs of night markets, hustling with tourists, locals and vendors selling all kinds of stuff?

MBK Mall

Need to buy cameras? Laptops? Mobile phones? Chargers? Spare parts? Head to MBK.

Shopping in Thailand

I was always confused while shopping in Thailand. There were times when the options left me so perplexed, that I returned home empty-handed. One thing you MUST remember while shopping here is bargaining. There’s always at least some room for it.

Out of all the south-east Asian countries I’ve visited, Thailand is undoubtedly my favourite. Contrary to popular belief, Thailand is much more than just pretty beaches – mountains, hikes, treks, waterfalls, national parks, it has it all.

Despite having spent 7 months in this beautiful country, I could not manage to see all that I wanted to. I guess that’s the reason why it keeps calling out to me – over and over again. I hope that these tips for travelling from India to Thailand prove to be useful to all of you curious travellers out there.

Happy Wayfaring 🙂

About The Author

Tips for travelling from india to thailand

I, Tarang Mohnot am a happy Travel Blogger at Budget Wayfarers and have published travelogues on destinations based in India, China, Thailand and Vietnam. On a personal level, I am an innate traveler. I constantly make an effort to quench my thirst for travel. My goal in life is to keep on getting my passport stamped over and over again. This implies that I want to explore new destinations each year. Resorting to a local inhabitant’s advice over Google searches, to physical maps over Google maps, to haversacks over suitcases, and to exploration over planning, I hope to visit places no one has ever been and to share my travel experiences with millions of people all over the world – something my CV may or may not tell. Academically, I have a background in economics and sociology. I am an alumni of the prestigious St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai, India. Reach out to me on Instagram.

 

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