Deep dive into Thailand after COVID-19, what should tourist need to know ?

May 27, 2022

How to Travel to Thailand in 2022

From November 2021, fully vaccinated travellers have been allowed to enter Thailand easily via the Test & Go Thailand Pass. This scheme was temporarily suspended between December 2021 and January 2022 due to the Omicron variant, but from February 2022 this has been reinstated!

Bangkok Wat Phra Kaew, included in tours offered by Asia Vacation Group

Thailand welcome everyone back in 2022

Every traveller heading to Thailand must register for a travel certificate through the Thailand Pass system. Approval takes up to 3-7 business days, so ensure the application is submitted with ample time before departure. Once fully registered in the system, travellers will receive a Thailand Pass QR code to present at airport check-in and at immigration on arrival.

Who can travel to Thailand?

From 1 February onwards, quarantine-free entry to will be made available to applicants of all nationalities. In order to travel to Thailand, you will have to be fully vaccinated. Children below 12 years old are exempt from the vaccination requirements but have to be accompanied by a fully-vaccinated person aged 18 or above.

Checklist of documents & tests required for travel to Thailand:

  • Thailand pass: All travellers have to apply for a at least 7 days before their intended departure date. Application for the Thailand Pass can be completed online and is free of charge.
  • COVID-19 Travel Insurance: You will need to possess a that covers treatment for COVID-19 and provides coverage of up to $20,000. Enjoy the best rates and wide coverage of up to RM600,000 by booking your travel insurance at .
  • MorChana App: Be sure to download the MorChana app, a contact tracing tool used in Thailand.
    [Update, 23 April] From 1 May onwards, travellers will no longer need to take an on-arrival PCR test or book a one-night stay at an SHA approved hotel! Instead, you’ll simply need to take a self-administered antigen test.
  • From 1 May onwards, travellers will no longer need to take an on-arrival PCR test or book a one-night stay at an SHA approved hotel! Instead, you’ll simply need to take a self-administered antigen test.

What can you expect from a Thailand tour in 2022 ?

Thailand is among the most diverse and exciting countries in Asia. Lush jungles and rugged mountain ranges open up to miles of breathtaking coastline, while the cities are packed with historic and cultural allures. You could return to Thailand many times over and still experience something new and exciting on every trip. Never had the pleasure of visiting the country earlier? Make 2022 the year you uncover this South East Asian nation’s numerous riches.

Wat Pra Kaew gate Grand palace, included in tours offered by Asia Vacation Group

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Bustling markets, terrific Thai cooking classes and sensational spas are just some of the amazing activities that you can engage in. Whether you’re a wildlife enthusiast, an adventure seeker or simply craving some R&R, we guarantee you’ll fall in love with this glorious country!

With so many incredible things to do in Thailand, you might be at a loss as to where to go first. Pristine beaches, verdant nature parks or culture-packed cities? The options are truly endless! To help you decide, we’ve revealed our top destinations in Thailand for every vacation type.

Head straight to the beach, you’re in luck

If your idea of the perfect vacation is to hop off the plane and head straight to the beach, you’re in luck! Thailand is blessed with miles of idyllic coastline where you can laze around on butter-soft sand while staying in a picture-perfect villa.

Dreamy island getaway – Thailand got you cover

If a dreamy island getaway is on your mind, Phuket and Koh Samui are great options. The former is Thailand’s largest island and a popular pick for families and groups of friends seeking an escape from the daily grind.

Stay in a luxury hotel located steps away from the azure Andaman Sea or choose to tuck yourself away in the jungle on a serene spa break. Phuket is well connected to numerous vibrant towns where you can shop to your heart’s content at open-air markets and tuck into delicious Thai food.

James Bond Island Beach, included in tours offered by Asia Vacation Group

James Bond Island Beach

Koh Samui sits in the Gulf Of Thailand and is a lovely pick for more laidback getaways. It is blessed with plenty of private coves where you can swim and soak up some sunshine. For the ultimate level of comfort, base yourself at a spa hotel such as Melati Beach Resort or Bandara Resort and Spa.

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Escape the hustle and bustle of the city to visit Tranquil temples – come to Thailand

Planning a trip to Chiang Mai? Why not escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a day of your vacation by journeying to nearby Lampang? Time seems to stand still at this tranquil town, and it’s perfect if you want to slow down.

Wat Prabudhabaht Huay Toom, included in tours offered by Asia Vacation Group

Wat Prabudhabaht Huay Toom

You can’t visit Lampang without discovering its magical mountain top temple. Wat Chalermprakiat sits just above the town and it’s one of the most striking Buddhist temples in Thailand. It’s also one of its newest, with the majority of its buildings only constructed in the early 2000s.

After touring Wat Chalermprakiat’s enchanting pagodas in the sky, head back into the town to dine at one of Lampang’s noodle houses. The specialty in this corner of Northern Thailand is khao soi, a dish featuring crunchy noodles, meat or vegetables cooked in a delectable curried broth.

Taste one of the best cuisine in the world, with with every region boasting its own distinct dishes

From curries flavored with creamy coconut to delicious dishes packed with fragrant spices, your taste buds are in for a real treat in Thailand. The country’s cuisine is world-renowned, with every region boasting its own distinct dishes.

Your taste buds are in for a real treat in Thailand

Bangkok and Chiang Mai are both brilliant locations for sampling Thai food. You might also want to consider attending a Thai cookery class. Many of our most popular tours, including our Jewels of Thailand itinerary, mix sightseeing with tantalizing culinary activities that are bound to satiate your hunger and make you fall in love with Thai cuisine.

Buzzing Bangkok is an obvious choice for a culinary-themed escape!

Street food markets that electrify all the senses are easily among Bangkok’s best attractions. Lively Khao San Road has long attracted visitors to the city with its rows of shops, bars and stalls selling everything from freshly-steamed dumplings to bowls of delicious noodles.

Street food markets that electrify all the senses are easily among Bangkok’s best attractions

Don’t skip visiting one of the city’s floating markets, such as Amphawa or Damnoen Saduak, where friendly vendors sell fresh produce and homemade snacks right on the water. There’s also the option of venturing into Chinatown (also known as Yaowarat) where you’ll have the opportunity to drop by casual and more sophisticated dining venues serving exquisite Asian food.

If you can drag yourself away from the city’s culinary delights, there are plenty of other things to do here. Bangkok is home to a handful of peaceful temples. Plan a trip to Wat Arun on the Chao Phraya riverfront at dawn to witness the sun rising behind its monumental central spire. No trip to the city is complete without glimpsing the Grand Palace, either. Thailand’s primary royal residence dates back to the 18th century and is as opulent as they come.

For a culinary tour like no other, book Thailand travel in 2022 to Chiang Mai.

It’s regarded as Northern Thailand’s cultural capital and this definitely extends to its fabulous food offering.

Night markets are a staple of Chiang Mai and the ideal spots to try regional delicacies such as khai soi, Pad Thai and crispy pork rinds. Have a sweet tooth? Seek out khanom krok (coconut rice pancakes) or mango sticky rice.

Chiang Mai – Northern Thailand’s cultural capital

Combine Chiang Mai’s culinary treasures with its beautiful buildings, exciting nightlife and thriving artisan markets and it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular vacation spot. The area surrounding the city is also studded with tranquil temples where you can admire ancient architecture and get a lesson on mindful meditation.

For a mix of cosmopolitan living and serene countryside, spend a few days in Chiang Mai before escaping to an exclusive resort or boutique hotel beyond the city. The sustainable Raya Heritage riverside retreat is the perfect place to relax and recharge in natural surroundings.

Further north is the smaller city of Chiang Rai (another culinary gem) and, beyond that, the Golden Triangle. This intriguing destination forms the border between Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, making it a melting pot of culture. Staying at luxury hotels including the Four Seasons Golden Triangle or Anantara Golden Triangle make it easy and pleasurable to explore the surrounding area.

Best time to visit Thailand

If you are travelling the whole country from south to north, we would recommend travelling between the months of December and February for beautiful clear blue skies and nice temperatures.

January to February sees much less rain across the country, and temperatures remain constant throughout the year. The humidity is also very manageable.

Elephant in Thailand

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If you’re in the north of the country at this time of year it may get a bit chilly at night so bring a sweater with you.

If you wanted to avoid the busy times, which are from November to March, consider travelling around from March to October when it is low season. There are way fewer tourists and hotels and flights are cheaper.

The one downside is that it does rain a lot in the afternoons and it can be very humid, but if you don’t mind getting a bit wet then this is a brilliant time to travel to Thailand.

Avoid Chiang Mai around April, as this is the burning season. It is not a pleasant time to be there as the air quality is not very good and hard to breathe at times.

If you have asthma, avoid this area completely during the burning season.

Thailand Travel Tips

While there are many basic travel tips we suggest you use when travelling to Thailand, there are also plenty of Thai-specific tips that will make your visit the best it can be.

Here are some of our best tips to help you travel to Thailand.

  • Be respectful to the locals and other travellers. Respect the culture, whether you are in a temple or out on the streets.
  • Dress appropriately. Because you are in a warm country, doesn’t mean you can wear next to no clothing. Please dress respectfully, especially when you are going inside a temple.
  • Never raise your voice or start a commotion in public. In Thai culture, they do not do this and hate confrontation. Always keep your calm, even if someone is trying to take advantage of you.
  • Be prepared to take off your shoes a lot. Bring slip-on or sandals. You will be taking your shoes off and on if you are entering a temple, home or some hotels and restaurants.
  • Book tours through respectable travel agents like Asia Vacation Group
  • There are two prices at attractions; Local price and foreigner  price. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about it. Don’t argue, it will not get you anywhere.
  • Have an idea of prices before you shop, buy a tour, buy a transport ticket or rent a room. Sometimes the prices fluctuate depending on how smart you are. Do your research so you don’t get ripped off.
  • Know the currency exchange rate. This is important when changing money. You want to know you are getting a good price.
  • Try new foods. Thai food is delicious
  • Use your insect repellent, as the sand flies and mosquitoes are terrible
  • Wear a helmet if you rent a scooter
  • Know the scams. Research scams in Thailand so you are prepared and know if someone tries it on you.
  • Do not drink the tap water. Take a metal water bottle and refill it out of big filtered water vendors or reverse osmosis machines.
  • Take advantage of the happy hours. You will see them at bars and cafes during the day. So take note and have a few drinks then.
  • Always look both ways when crossing the road. Sometimes a scooter may be going down the wrong way. Look both ways and be sure before crossing.
  • When renting a scooter, take photos of the bike from all angles and in front of the rental place too. Never leave your passport with them either. Bring a photocopy. There are dodgy companies out there.

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