If you are planning a trip to Thailand, better organize it in winter than in summer, when the hot and humid temperatures due to the monsoons make everything more tiring. Arriving in Bangkok for the first time in the summertime can be an unpleasant experience.
If you get
out of the most typical tourist itineraries (for instance, to visit the
beautiful region of Isan, in the north-east of Thailand, at the border with
Cambodia and Laos), communication can become a major problem: very few people
can speak English or any other European language. It is advisable to rent a
guide, which can be found at the major tourist agencies at a reasonable price.
As is the
case of all exotic countries, when you are staying in hotels or restaurants less
suitable to European customers, you should always avoid drinks with ice and
unbottled, fruit that has not been peeled, raw vegetables and ice creams: they
can be the cause of very nasty stomach problems.
Moving in Thailand is very easy. There is a good airline network connecting the most important cities and the tourist resorts on the sea. Travelling by train can be a nice experience, especially travelling to the north on the night trains. The sleeping berths are separated by curtains and you can order hot meals on board. The bus transportation is also very good: buses always have air conditioning, television and comfortable seats. Sometimes some light snacks are also included in the price of the ticket. The streets are generally good and the signs are clear.
Renting a car
is easy, but finding the right direction in Bangkok and making your way through
traffic is almost impossible. The way of driving of Thai is very different from
ours and very "adventurous". That is why it is always advisable to get
a taxi to go around the city or rent a car with a driver for longer itineraries.
The costs are generally reasonable.