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The first thing to consider about what to bring to Thailand is which parts of the country you’ll be visiting. If you are heading up north to Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai, forget the beach gear and instead pack athletic clothing for hiking and appropriate items for exploring temples. You will need a bathing suit for waterfalls or hot springs. A pair of flip flops will not cut it. Be sure to pack suitable footwear for the terrain.
If you are spending time in and around Bangkok, you might need to bring some nicer clothes in case you want to visit some upmarket restaurants and bars.
If you are planning to visit islands off the southern coast, think about adding beach gear, light airy clothes and whatever else you need to enjoy time in the sun to your packing list.
With so much to do in Thailand, you need to ensure you pack the right things for the activities you’re planning. If national parks, waterfalls, mountainous valleys and trekking is on your agenda, add athletic clothes, sports bras, sneakers and hiking shoes to your packing list.
If you’re interested in the culture, visiting temples and historical sites, men and women are required to have their knees and shoulders covered.
If you’re beach bumming it, bring all your beach gear and anything else you need to enhance your experiences like snorkel and dive gear.
When packing for Thailand, you should consider some of the following travel essentials:
Something to be mindful of is the time of year you’ll be visiting Thailand. Although it’s warm all year round, there are three distinct seasons in Thailand: hot, cool, and wet.
Hot season: March through June so expect lots of sweating every day. Quick-dry clothing and lots of lightweight fabrics are the way to go at this time of year.
Cool season: November to February. Thailand is drier and less humid than the hot season, making it more comfortable. Think warm days and cooler evenings with breezes. It will be a good idea to pack bring a pair of leggings, sweatpants, long sleeve shirt and jacket if you’re travelling during this time because temperatures at night can drop especially in the mountainous north.
Monsoon (wet) season: May to October, expect torrential rain with sunny breaks and high humidity. Umbrella, rain coats and waterproof shows are essential.
There are some things you don’t need to add to your Thailand pack list as you will be able to purchase them when you are in the country. Women can buy sarongs, a beach bag, flip flops and rain cover accessories as well as the all famous Thai elephant pants easily once in Thailand. Sarongs are so versatile acting as a wrap-around coverup for the beach, blanket, beach towel, bed sheet, and scarf. Perfect for temple visits when you need to cover your shoulders and knees.
All kinds of mens and women’s clothing are available including travel gear such as hiking shoes and the best place to shop for all seasons in Bangkok. Chatuchak market is the largest market in Thailand and is full of bargains. You could easily purchase an entire wardrobe of clothes there and a new suitcase to cart it all home in.
Travel toiletries are available widely and cheaply. Snorkel gear can be purchased or rented as well as diving gear from dive shops throughout southern Thailand.
Bangkok is also a great place to shop for electrical, computer and smartphone devices and accessories. Authentic brands and cheaper knock-offs can be found in shopping malls and markets across the city.
In Thailand, the power plugs and sockets are types A, B, C, F and O.
In Thailand, the power plugs and sockets are of type A, B, C, F and O. Check out the following pictures.
In Thailand, the power plugs and sockets are of type A, B, C, F and O. See our guide for more details. Add a universal adapter to your Thailand packing list or purchase one when you get there.
Thailand’s currency is the Thai Baht (THB), so you will need to exchange your currency into the local currency. When using ATMs, cash withdrawals will be in THB.
Thailand has a warm tropical climate all year round so it’s best to choose light clothing, a cotton fabric so your skin can breathe, and general summer attire. When visiting temples, certain museums and the Grand Palace in Bangkok, cultural etiquette requires you to dress modestly; shorts, spaghetti straps or anything exposing bare shoulders, skirts above the knee, tank-tops are not acceptable. If travelling to northern Thailand, especially outside of the hot season, it is a good idea to add to your Thailand packing list some long pants, long sleeve shirts and a jacket as it does get chilly in the evenings.
In Thailand, the power plugs and sockets are of type A, B, C, F and O. Add a universal adapter to your Thailand packing list or purchase one when you get there.
The World Health Organisation recommends the following inoculations and injections for Thailand: Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Yellow fever, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies and Tetanus. Check with your local travel clinic for updates. If you’re travelling from the US, Britain, or Australia, there are usually no compulsory vaccinations required for Thailand.
When packing for what to bring to Thailand, you should consider some of the following travel essentials: Lightweight clothing, bathing suit, a quick dry towel, good walking shoes or hiking boots and hiking pants if you plan to trek along with a travel first aid kit, water bottle with built-in filter, pair of thongs or flip flops, pair of sandals or dress shoes if planning to eat in fine dining restaurants, sneakers, sunscreen, mosquito repellent or bug spray, power adapter converter, hand sanitiser, sunglasses, any prescribed medications with original prescription and in the original packaging and other medications (like anti-diarrhoea), all important travel documents (tickets, passport & one photocopy of passport, travel insurance policy, international drivers licence if you plan to drive), money, phone, extra memory cards, camera etc. Add a universal adapter to your Thailand packing list or purchase one when you get there.
Things you should not add to your Thailand packing list are illicit narcotic drugs, pornographic material, copyright infringement materials such as CDs, DVDs, computer software, counterfeit trademark goods, and fake currencies. If you are prescribed medication and need to continue taking medication to Thailand and they contain narcotics or psychotropic ingredients, you can bring the amount for a maximum of 30 days use and in its original packaging. Check with the Thai embassy website to see which medications containing these ingredients are allowed to enter the country.
When packing for Thailand, be mindful that Thailand is primarily a Buddhist-practicing nation and so be sure to bring modest clothing. It’s not appropriate for women to wear skimpy outfits or for men to wander around without a shirt, despite the warm weather. To enter sacred sites and temples you must cover your shoulders and wear nothing shorter than lower knee-length skirts or trousers. So make sure you add appropriate clothing to your packing list.
When visiting temples, always cover your shoulders and knees. Dress modestly as these places of worship are considered sacred. Things to pack for Thailand if you are planning to see temples are long sleeves, sarongs and long trousers or skirts.
Legally you are required to carry your passport on you at all times when travelling in Thailand, however, it is not so common to be asked by authorities to view it without a good reason.
No, alcohol is readily available throughout Thailand. Only those under the age of 18 years are not permitted to consume alcohol.
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