travel tips

Thailand Travel Tips

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or if this is your first time leaving your home country, you can always benefit from a local’s advice. Here’s a collection of tips from our team at

Bon Voyage Thailand to help make your trip the best it can be.

Visiting a Thai temple

Chiang Mai Temple

Thai Buddhist temples are extraordinary masterpieces of architecture, art, and history. There are thousands all over the country, so there’s a good chance you’ll visit at least one during your travels. However, it’s important to know how to dress appropriately before visiting these holy places.

Dress Modestly

Men should not wear shorts, tank tops, or flip-flops. This especially true if you are visiting extremely important temples such as Wat Phra Kaew. Instead, you must wear long pants and a t-shirt, preferably one with a collar. If you want to wear sandals, with a back strap is okay.

Women are not allowed to wear shorts in Thai temples. A skirt is allowed if it is knee length or longer and of modest style. Shirts must cover the chest and shoulders, so spaghetti straps and tank tops are not allowed.

Most temples will have some cover-ups in case you are not properly dressed.

Leave your shoes outside

As per Thai culture, you must take off your shoes before entering a holy place. Every temple has a shoe rack where you can safely leave your shoes while you visit. Being barefoot shows respect to Buddha.

Inside the temple

Once you’ve entered the temple, please be respectful and quiet. Keep your head lower than the monks and the images of Buddha. Never :

  • touch any images of Buddha, no matter how big or small they might be 
  • touch anything in the worship area, as it may be a sacred object 
  • point the soles of your feet toward statues of Buddha

Many temples have a Bo tree, which is usually recognizable by a saffron-colored cloth wrapped around its trunk. It is usually very large with many branches and is often in a special area of the temple grounds. It is a sacred tree because Buddha found enlightenment while sitting under a Bo tree. Do not touch or climb or pick leaves or branches from this tree.

Taking pictures

Visitors are allowed to take photographs of the inside and outside of a temple as long as you don’t get in the way of those who are coming to worship or make donations to their temple.

Making donations

Almost every temple will have a few donation boxes. As a foreign visitor, you are neither required nor expected to donate to the temple. However, if you took pictures, enjoyed the serenity of the area, or just want to help keep the temple running, why not drop a few baht into the donation box?

A Thailand Packing List for All Three Seasons

Thailand has hot, humid weather all year round. However, there are some changes in temperature and rainfall depending on the time of year you visit. Here are our tips for packing light and efficiently no matter what time of year you vacation in Thailand.

Hot Season

Temperatures and humidity levels can reach soaring heights in Thailand, so it’s best to pack lightweight, breathable, loose-fitting clothing that lets air circulate. A quick-drying material, whether its linen or synthetic blends, that are easy to wash are perfect.

Walking sandals are essential to keep your feet cool and comfortable. Flip flops are great for the southern beaches and islands.

If you plan to visit the beach, pack a thin sarong or Turkish towel to lay on and to dry off with. The sun can be very intense, so remember to pack high-level SPF sunscreen.

Cool Season

Even in the cool season, temperatures are fairly warm throughout the day. However, it can get chilly at night. This is particularly true in the higher altitude regions in the mountains like Chiang Mai and Pai. Pack long pants to wear in the evening, long-sleeve tops, thin cover-ups, and warm sweaters or sweatshirts to wear to bed. The ideal evening attire includes long sleeves and loose long pants or a long dress with a jacket.

If you plan to trek in Chiang Mai, a wool sweater, fleece or sweatshirt, and thick pants work well. Don’t forget to bring socks since your feet can get cold in the night.

Green Season

During this time of year, you can expect sudden downpours that wash away the heat of the day. Pack a rain resistant jacket or buy a thin, inexpensive poncho when you get to Thailand from a convenience store.

You’ll want to wear quick-drying clothing so in case you get wet, you won’t stay waterlogged. This is especially true if you are trekking, biking, or doing any other outdoor activities. Also, pack water-resistant shoes that can get wet without getting ruined.

All Seasons

No matter what time of year or what regions of Thailand you visit, you’ll want to pack sturdy, comfortable shoes for walking and trekking. Water resistant shoes with drainage are especially useful for walking in mud and trekking through streams and waterfalls.

You’ll also need a bathing suit if you plan to swim in any of the waterfalls and hot springs, and especially if you’ll be doing an island tour!

The number of mosquitoes in Thailand tend to be consistent throughout the year, so be sure to bring long loose pants and dresses to wear in the evenings. Also, consider packing a natural insect repellent.