Planning for a trip to Thailand

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I’ve been to Thailand every year for the last three years to visit my son. I’m fortunate that I can be quite flexible so we tend to keep an eye on the prices on comparison websites and book when there are sales promotions. I prefer to go in the winter, if possible, either January or February. I find that the weather is at its best then and there is not the kind of rain that can occur in the later months. However, even when I have been later in the year I find that any rainy period never lasts too long.

I try to get my insurance sorted out as soon as I’ve booked the trip in case there are any problems. I’ve used price comparison sites for insurance and find that the cheapest quoted is usually quite good. Last time I just insured myself for a single trip as I already had annual European insurance and I knew I wasn’t going to be using a worldwide insurance again that year. I have found, though, that it’s best not just to renew automatically with the same company. This year, for example, my insurance which I’ve just purchased is only slightly more for a worldwide (excluding US and Canada) than my single trip insurance was last time I visited. As I will be using this insurance for other holidays closer to home, it was definitely a more economical option.

I usually have a few bhats remaining from previous holidays which I take with me but I’ve found that it’s best to change my sterling into bhats in Thailand so I take mostly cash. I also have a Santander Zero credit card which doesn’t attract additional charges for purchases abroad. I do always ring up my credit card and debit card companies to let them know that I’m going to be abroad. I’ve found that changing money in Thailand is pretty easy – especially in the more touristy places. It can be a bit scary carrying large amounts of cash around but wherever we’ve stayed there has been access to a safety deposit box which I’ve used and just taken out the amount which I think I might need.

It’s important to make sure that your passport is up to date but there’s no need to get a visa before you go. The visa procedure takes place at the airport in Thailand. Whenever I’ve flown I’ve been given a form to complete on the plane. This has both embarkation and disembarkation information required. When you arrive at passport control they will scrutinise this and return to you the disembarkation part until you leave the country again.

The Foreign Office website gives up to date advice about travel and any possible threats. There are usually some situations which are flagged up but up to now these have never affected my own travel and there has never been any cause for concern in any of the places I’ve visited.

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