Over the years I’ve discovered, and stumbled upon some of the best Thailand travel tools and resources for both seasoned travelers and first time visitors to Thailand. Along with links to those resources I will give you a few Thailand travel tips and tricks to help you get the best hotel deals – entry ticket and tour discounts – and see and do the best things in Thailand cheaper. So you can do Thailand “like a boss”, as they say.
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Use HotelsCombined to get the Best Hotel Rates in Thailand
Whatever booking site you use to search for hotels you can make double sure you get the absolute cheapest hotel rates in Thailand by using HotelsCombined to compare prices.
Contact The Hotel: Got questions for the hotel?. Here’s how you can contact the hotel without having to search for email addresses and get the hotel room you really want.
Book and Pay Without a Credit Card: There’s a limited, but actually quite large selection of hotels which you can book and pay for without any need to use, or even own a credit card. If you are booking your hotel from within Thailand there’s even better news. You can book any hotel without a credit card.
How to Book Travel Tickets and Get Around Thailand Easy
One of the best tips or pieces of advice for tourists (especially first time visitors) traveling around and touring while on vacation in Thailand is use 12go to reserve and buy your tickets. It’s the best travel resource of its kind in Thailand, and one you will find invaluable for planning routes from A to B in Thailand, and for buying tickets in advance for just about every mode of transport.
Thailand Travel Tip: If you want to book VIP seats on buses or overnight sleeper trains in Thailand you need to book well in advance, especially if you are traveling during the high season, between November and February. If you need a few more tips on getting around Thailand, read how to get around Thailand Easy.
Get Discounted Tours and Entry Tickets in Thailand
The best things to see and in Thailand at discounted prices. That almost sums up Klook. I would add – it’s a great service – the best place to get discounted tours, and cheaper entry tickets for all the best tourist attractions – sightseeing activities and day trips in Thailand.
You can use Klook to buy tickets for most popular attractions and things to do in Thailand, and every time you buy a ticket or tour you earn credit towards your next booking. You can even earn credit for yourself and friends by referring your friends to Klook. It’s the only ticket and tour booking agent I know of which pays for your loyalty.
More discount tickets and services for travelers and tourists in Thailand: Klook also a variety of extra services including airport taxi and transfer – transfer to popular tourist destinations such as Koh Chang and Koh Samet – tourist SIM card pick up – Bangkok airport rail link and BTS tickets. I really recommend you sign up. Combine Klook’s ticket and tour service with 12go’s travel booking, and you have a couple of resources which will cover most of your travel and sightseeing needs in Thailand.
The GrabTaxi app uses both meter taxis and private taxis. After you download to your mobile device you can order a taxi from your current location to your destination. The app shows you how many available taxis are in your area, the approximate cost, and details of the driver and car which has accepted your ride.
Grabtaxi also offers a motorcycle taxi service (Bangkok) and a courier service. Rides are typically confined to major cities and tourist destinations in Thailand. For More information and to download the app, visit the Grab.com homepage.
Find and Navigate to Any Place in Thailand
There’s dozens of Thailand travel apps to help you find attractions, nightlife spots, restaurants and so on, but why clutter your device with apps you really don’t need. The only app you need to find, review, and navigate to any place in Thailand is the Google Maps app.
Thai Language and Dictionary Apps
Speaking a little Thai language is a sure way to receive a warm welcome in Thailand, and if you are going to venture off the beaten track it may well be a necessity. There’s a host of Thai language translator and dictionary apps available, it’s just a matter of finding one which suits your needs.
I’ve tried a handful of free Thai language apps myself, and at the moment I’m using Google Translate, for simple one word and short phrases such as “where is the toilet?” it works very well, and also has voice playback to help you with correct Thai pronunciation.
Eat Cheap at Restaurants in Thailand
At the time of writing this only applies to Bangkok and Pattaya, but if you plan on eating at the more expensive restaurants in either of those 2 locations you can get some large discounts if you use eatigo.com.
Food Delivery in Thailand
Foodpanda has a very handy app which allows you to select meals from an extensive list of local restaurant menus and have them delivered to your door.
If you’re missing your favorite foods from back home there’s several companies which deliver expat foods throughout Thailand.
Do Pattaya Like a Boss
The Thailand apps, services and websites (above) will effectively help you travel or live in Thailand cheaper and more independently. I hope, with the benefit of my blog that you can maximize your time, make the most of your money, and have the best possible experience in Pattaya also.