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Kenmare, Killarney, Dingle
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Cliffs of Moher, Galway
Depart from Dublin
Flight departing Denver: 11/28 7:59pm
Flight arriving in Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi): 11/30 12:05pm
Flight departing Bangkok: 1/1 9:55am
Flight arriving in Denver: 1/1 6:59pm
- Thailand uses the baht. The current exchange rate is 1 USD = 31.83 baht.
- You'll find ATMs all over Thailand. This is the easiest way to get baht.
- It is best to have cash on hand to pay for street food, tuk-tuks, etc, as most people take only cash. Hotels, large grocery stores, and “real” restaurants will take credit cards.
-Tipping: If a service charge isn’t included, you can tip 100 baht in a nice restaurant. Although it isn’t customary, you can tip 20 baht for a street food vendor.
The average temperatures are:
- Southern Thailand: 81 degrees average with highs of 88
- Chiang Mai: 72 degrees average with highs of 82
- Siem Reap: 79 degrees average with highs of 86
- Luang Prabang: 68 degrees average with highs of 79
Expect around 80% humidity. Chiang Mai is cooler, especially at higher altitudes. Bring a jacket similar to what you would bring on an airplane for cooler days.
Thailand is the most visited country in Southeast Asia, and is generally very safe.
Scams are the most reported crimes in Thailand - particularly those involving tailoring, tours, or gems.
Protests, if they are an issue at all, generally only happen in Bangkok; clashes may happen in certain areas in the south, but not in the tourist areas.
Make sure your vaccines are checked and up-to-date. Visit a travel clinic and/or check out the CDC website to see what additional vaccines you may need.
Stick to bottled water. Most restaurants serve water in bottles, and you will generally pay by the bottle.
As far as public transportation goes, Grab (Thailand’s Uber) is very easy and safe to use. Taxis are generally safe in Thailand but sometimes you will be astounded at how bad they are – especially in Bangkok. Tuk-tuks are also a safe option. We would not recommend renting motorbikes or using motorbike taxis due to the risk of accidents.
You must try the street food in Thailand! It’s cheap and incredible and there are stalls EVERYWHERE. Pretty much a rule of thumb anywhere in the world: if it’s busy – especially with locals – not only will the food be good, it’s less likely to have sanitation issues.
Wifi is readily available in many public areas and cafes, hotels, etc in Thailand, similar to the US. You may be fine just using wifi and not opting to buy cellular data.
If you’d like cellular data in Thailand, you could check with your US carrier to see what prices are like to extend your coverage to Thailand. This will likely not be the cheapest option.
Another option if you have an unlocked US phone is to buy a SIM card in Thailand. You can buy a SIM card at any phone shop, 7-11, or Thai airport. You can choose between different cell phone companies, but they are all very similar: AIS, DTAC, Orange. SIM cards cost around $5. Make sure to buy a SIM card with a data plan. You can expect to pay around 300-600 baht for a month of data depending on the internet speed. In doing so, you can avoid paying for texting charges if you use an online based texting app such as WhatsApp or Line.
Lastly, if your US phone is locked, you could buy an unlocked phone in Thailand for less than $100, or have your US phone unlocked in Thailand.
You will receive a 30 day visa on arrival in Thailand at the airport. You do not need to do anything special to get this visa other than the usual recommendations: have at least 6 months left before your passport expires, and have a couple free pages left in your passport.
transport within thailand
Tuk-tuks, or open sided 3-wheeled vans, are very common in many Thai cities. They will take you most places in your local vicinity.
Grab is the equivalent to Uber or Lyft in the US, and is also an easy way to get around, though availability is not necessarily the same in every city. You will know the price beforehand and it may be cheaper than a tuk-tuk or taxi. Download the app on your phone before you leave the US.
If you are adventurous you can always hop on a “song taew,” or pick-up truck with 2 covered rows in the back, which is the cheapest way to get around. They drive on a set route. You hail one, tell them where you want to go and ask how much, then get on and get off when you are near where you want to go.
Regular taxis also exist, though these may not be the cheapest way to get around. They are fine for getting from the airport to your hotel and back.