The total time I spent away was 16 days, including travel time, so there really wasn't much time.
We spent a few days in the capital, Bangkok, then headed south to the islands. I would love to go back some day and see the north of Thailand, but there just wasn't enough time on this trip to see everything.
Our vacation did not go smoothly the entire time. We did have fun, but there were times we wished we were elsewhere.
After all our adventures and misadventures in Thailand I figured putting together a tips and advice post would be helpful to anyone considering traveling in South East Asia.
4. Don't go on touristy elephant treks, do your research!
Elephants are Thailands most loved animals. They have been part of the labour force for centuries and now a booming tourist industry. Unfortunately, there are many places where elephants are merely used for tourists' entertainment and are not treated the best. Attractions such as elephant rides or treks are often the worst place to see and interact with elephants. There are many sanctuaries as well as national parks where elephants have room to roam, are taken care of and they don't have to work from dawn 'til dusk in unfavourable circumstances. Make sure you give your money to a worthy elephant keeper and not a tourist trap.
5. Avoid dehydration!
Thailand, being a very hot and humid country, makes it hard on tourists. It can be very easy to get sick there. The food can be a shock to the system, the heat can be hard to handle, the long days visiting in the hot sun, it can all take its toll on the body. I was advised by my doctor before going to bring some electrolyte packets to take if I ever start feeling unwell. Let me tell you, those electrolytes work wonders. Taking a pack in half a bottle of water makes you feel instantly better. Drinking lots and lots of water is also very important in such a high heat.
Those are just a few tips and some advice for anyone planning to travel to Thailand.
Remember to never leave your personal belongings unattended, no matter how safe and comfortable you feel.