Mini Guide to Thailand

Thailand is affectionately called the “Land of Smiles” and for good reason: everyone seems to genuinely welcome visitors. The country is the most visited in Southeast Asia, offering a wide range of attractions, cultural experiences, and amazing biodiversity.

The country is a newly industrialized economy with a high level of human development. So, it’s easy to understand why it attracts so many tourists when they can have a top-notch experience without having to spend a fortune.


International travelers will most likely fly into Phuket or Bangkok, and once they land, moving around is a breeze. Thailand is one of the easiest countries to travel around in the world as you can pretty much find a travel agent on every corner.

Whether you’d like to quickly fly into your destination, take a train to enjoy the scenery, or save money on a long bus journey, you’ll be spoiled for choices. In the cities, you’ll probably use the iconic tuk-tuks, or the songthaews (red mini trucks that work as a bus).

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Thai is the official language of Thailand, but there’s a total of 62 languages throughout the country. The largest minority language is the Lao dialect, spoken by the communities close to Lao, and Kelantan-Pattani Malay, spoken around the border with Malaysia.

However, visitors shouldn’t worry about speaking perfect Thai as you can easily get by with English. But locals appreciate when you speak some basic Thai words and try their best to help you out.

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The World in Liquor

When you go out for a night, how many options for liquor does your home base bar have on offer? Sure, they’ve probably got some standard gins, vodkas, rums, whiskies, and tequilas—but probably not much of anything else. If you’re traveling, one of the best ways to start to get to know the local culture is to indulge in a popular local drink.

The World in Soda

Our taste buds can tell us a lot about ourselves. While giants like Pepsi and Coca-Cola still rule the worldwide soda market, smaller brands that represent local tastes have maintained their loyal followers for years in places like Switzerland and Barbados.

14 Ways to Spot a Frequent Traveler

The moment someone goes on their first trip and gets a taste of freedom and adventure, everything changes. They yearn for more travel, and the more they do it, the more experienced they become. It eventually gets to a point where travel is part of their lives, and it pretty much influences every decision they make. Even though you can find many different types of travelers and styles of traveling, there are some characteristics all frequent travelers share.