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Thailand is a hot-spot for backpackers and gap-year travels. If you want to find out some of the need-to-know information before you go, this guide will help you to make the right decisions and solve any problems you may meet on the road.

Top 5 tips for backpacking in Thailand

1. Use Public Transport

Whilst not the most exciting form of transport, using public transport such as trains is the best way to cover long distances and remains relatively cheap. You can even take sleeper trains so that you don't miss out on a day's adventures.

2. Pack Light

Packing only the necessities is essential when you will be carrying your luggage for the length of your journey, especially if you are taking part in rigorous activities such as jungle trekking.

3. Stay in Hostels

Hostels are much cheaper than hotels and staying at these will give you a great opportunity to meet other travellers. It's also a good idea to take out Thailand travel insurance when planning your trip as this will help you if faced with an emergency.

4. Buy a Local SIM card

If there is one thing you purchase in Thailand, it should be a local SIM card. This will give you access to directions and all the comforts of communication for those back at home, which can be important in emergencies.

5. Connect with other travellers

There are a number of specialist mobile apps for travellers looking to connect with each other. By meeting new people, you will be able to share advice and make lasting connections on your travels.

Etiquette tips for travelling in Thailand

Dress conservatively: Knees and shoulders should be covered for both genders, and you should make particularly modest clothing choices when entering temples and religious buildings.

Take off shoes: It is polite in Thailand to take off your footwear before entering temples, homes, and even some shops. Avoid pointing: Pointing is seen as culturally inappropriate and incredibly rude. You should point with your chin only, and beckon people with the palm of your hand facing down.

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