Thailand Travel Resources, not just another travel guide
Here are some Thailand Travel Resources that helped us to enjoy the Land of Smiles.
It all started in 2013 when we came to Chiang Mai as newbie digital nomads. It was our first stop in a new role as long-term travelers. Unsurprisingly, I felt lost about many aspects of our chosen lifestyle. Naturally, I turned to the all-knowing Internet in a quest to find answers.
Lo and behold, I accumulated an impressive spreadsheet of links. It became the foundation of Thailand Travel Resources. Since then, we came to Thailand again – this time to the South. Hence, it led to an expansion called Southern Thailand Travel Resources. Nevertheless, Chiang Mai Travel Resources still remain the main focus of this list.
Admittedly, this is not a travel guide, and there are no tourist attractions here, but a collection of helpful links (collectively called Thailand Travel Resources) that you may find useful while staying and traveling through the country.
Initially focused on Chiang Mai, the capital of Northern Thailand, we expanded and updated our Thailand Travel Resources to include the southern part of the country. Surely, we continuously keep a keen eye on finding and adding new information to our Thailand Travel Resources.
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Thailand Travel Resources » Visa Info
- Visa to Thailand – general information from Chiang Mai Locator
- Thai Visas for Americans general information from the US Embassy in Thailand
- Thai Immigration Bureau
- Multiple Entry Tourist Visa (METV) scheme
- List of Countries and Territories entitled for Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival to Thailand
- Thailand Visa Information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand
- List of countries which require International Health Certificate for Yellow Fever Vaccination – travelers from or traveling through countries which have been declared Yellow Fever Infected Areas must acquire an International Health Certificate verifying the receiving of a Yellow Fever vaccination. For more information
- Education Visa in Thailand from Chiang Mai Locator
- Royal Thai Consulate General Los Angeles
- Visa Information (from Royal Thai Consulate General Los Angeles)
- Royal Thai Consulate General, Portland, Oregon (Honorary Consul General)
- Thai Visa Advice – FB Group
- Visa runs in Southeast Asia from Chiang Mai Locator
- Royal Thai Embassy in Seoul, South Korea
- Royal Thai Embassy in Seoul: Visa Service
- How to Get a Thai Visa in Seoul, South Korea from Migrationology
- Applying for a Thailand Visa at the Thai Embassy in Taipei from Lifestyle Travel Kit
- How I Got a Thailand Tourist Visa at Saigon Consulate from Nomad Philippines Blog
- Getting a Thai Visa in Saigon from T.O.F.U. Magazine
- Visa Run To The Thai Embassy In Hanoi from Our Big Fat Travel Adventure
Thailand Travel Resources » Transportation
- Airports of Thailand
- Baggage storage at Suvarnabumi Airport
- No more Uber in Thailand
- Grab – replaced Uber in April 2018
- BTS – Bangkok mass transit system
- Driving-in-Thailand.com – a website with comprehensive information for all foreigners (tourists or expats) who drive a car or ride a motorbike in Thailand
- Dos and donts when driving in Thailand from Driving in Thailand
- Thailand Motor Vehicle Act (1979) (English translation)
- Using a Foreign Driving Licence in Thailand from SmartExpat
- What kind of driving license do I need to drive in Thailand? from Driving in Thailand – beware that this is a touchy subject and mostly left up to the interpretation of the police officers who might stop you for a routine check
- Renting a Car in Thailand: What You Need to Know from Thailand Starter Kit
- You must have an IDL if you want to drive in Thailand from Thai Travel News & Events – comments there are worthy reading as well
- Motorbikes & Scooters in Thailand – What Are the Rules? from World Nomads
- International Driving Permit: What Is It And How To Get It – if you plan to drive in Thailand this post is must-read
- International Driving Permit (AAA)
Thailand Travel Resources » VPN (why do you need it, what to try, what to avoid)
- Choosing the Best VPN for Thailand: The New Law, Risk & Solution – from TheThailandLife.com
- Best VPNs for Thailand that Work in 2019 – from BestVPN.com
- The Best VPNs for Thailand: Security, Censorship and Geographic Restrictions – from Sapore di China
- What’s the best VPN in Thailand? – follow this discussion from ThaiVisa.com (use pagination to access the latest entries)
- Best VPNs for Thailand to protect your internet freedom and privacy – from Comparitech.com
Thailand Travel Resources » Shopping
- Lazada – online shopping. Amazon counterpart in Thailand
- Big C – check if they deliver to your location first
Thailand Travel Resources » Traveling with Dogs and/or other Pets
- Bringing Pets Into Thailand from the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington DC website
- Moving to Thailand with Pets – for informational purposes only; we haven’t used them and this is not an endorsement.
Thailand Travel Resources » Everything and Anything
- Thailand travel budget – how much does it cost to travel to the Land of Smiles
- r/Thailand – Thailand subreddit
- TheThailandLife.com – started as an outlet to share personal experiences with folks back home, but ultimately grew into a vast collection of resources for those who plan living/traveling in Thailand.
- Coconuts Bangkok
- A few Common Scams in Thailand
- Bangkok Travel Guide – by migrationology.com
- Eating Thai Food
- List of Thai dishes
Southern Thailand Travel Resources » Transportation
- Tourists driving in Phuket: get legal, or get fined – or worse from The Phuket News
- Renting a Motorbike in Phuket – how and where to rent a bike in Phuket from Phuket.com
- Phuket Motorbike Rentals – trades as Cheap As Chips Motorbike Rent – excellent reviews on TripAdvisor
- MotoKrabi – excellent reviews on TripAdvisor
- Phuket Airport Transfer – covers Phuket, the beaches and Krabi
Southern Thailand Travel Resources » Accommodations
- Vauban Real Estate
- The Hillside of Krabi – we lived in this amazing house. The best testament to the place is that after two months of staying there we didn’t want to leave. If you are contemplating a long-term visit to Krabi, consider this accommodation is your best bet.
Thailand Travel Resources » Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand
- I ♥ Chiang Mai – members only (private group) – excellent source of information about Chiang Mai, but you have to tolerate some snarky remarks
- BoredBreaker.com FB Group – BoredBreaker.com is Chiang Mai’s Most Complete Events Calendar. This Facebook group is to highlight some of the events, and also to allow members to share upcoming events
- Chiang Mai Digital Nomads (CMDN) FB group – (serious (aka business-related) conversations)
- The Break Room by CMDN FB group – where to stay in CM, bike rentals, social scene, food, sports, visas etc.
- ThaiVisa Chiang Mai Forum – everyone recommends this forum, but you have to have really thick skin to participate
- Chiang Mai, Buy, Sell, Swap – well, as name implies…
- Open Chiang Mai – this website is definitely tourist-oriented, but it could be a useful thing sometimes
- Chiang Mai Locator – has more than 7,000 (!) businesses listed with exact location, description and pictures. Moreover, no other website offers such detailed and extensive information. Conversely, Google Maps is often incorrect because many Thai shop owners don’t know how to read a map, and TripAdvisor tends to be dominated by short-term tourists
- Dental 4 You Clinic
- Dr Suttipong Soontaracharn
Mukmai Dental Clinic
11/3-4 Jaban Rd (behind Three Kings Monument)
T. Sripoon, Muang Chiang Mai 50200
Email: [email protected]
Open Mon-Sat 9am – 8pm
Phone: 053 416 328
GPS: 18° 47′ 23.15″ N, 98° 59′ 8.77″ E (18.78977, 98.98577)
English Speaking Hair Salons
Food Delivery and Eating Out
- Meals on Wheels 4U – great service, albeit rather convoluted interface. Happily ordering from them all the time. Tip: Friday nights can be very busy and waiting time increases to 90+ min
- FoodPanda – They deliver in other cities too, so choose Chiang Mai first 🙂
- The Pizza Company – delivery is available in many Thailand locations
- Eating out in Chiang Mai – places to go to and places to avoid
- our favorite places to eat dinner and lunch respectively: Misone and Excellent Flavor
Real Estate Agencies
- Thailand-Property.com – real estate agents finder
- Chiang Mai Properties – this agency was highly recommended by different sources, however, all properties looked much better on photos than in real life
- Chiang Mai House – Sandy (real estate agent) was very helpful and found us an apartment that we really liked
- Real Estate Chiang Mai ~ buy sell rent FB Group – members only (closed group)
- Chiang Mai Estate Agents
Chiang Mai Condos and Managed Apartments Websites
- List of condominiums and serviced apartments in Chiang Mai from Chiang Mai Locator
- The Embassy House on Ping river
- Galare Thong Condo
- Green Hill Place – we lived there. If you decide to give Green Hill Place a try, from personal experience, I would recommend building 3
- Pattara Place – also on FB
- Studio365 – serviced apartments (1 and 2 bedroom apartments); also on FB
- Nomad Rental – not an agency or a condo, but can compare prices here. NOTE: Nomad Rental has been discontinued, but for the time being they’ll keep an archived version up. You can no longer book through NR platform though
- Studying Thai in Chiang Mai: Advice from a Long-Term Chiang Mai Resident – includes a detailed look at the school options in Chiang Mai
- Chiang Mai News
- Citylife – a Chiang Mai lifestyle magazine
Shopping: Groceries and Household
- Rimping Supermarket – locally owned premium supermarket chain; store locator
- Tops Market
- Tesco Lotus Supercenter: location on Google Maps
- HomePro – equivalent of HomeDepot in the US
- Khamtieng Plant Market: location on Google Maps – huge plant and garden market located behind Tesco Lotus Supercenter
- Big C – unzoom the map to see more locations around Chiang Mai
- Central Festival Shopping Mall: location on Google maps
- Makro Chiang Mai: location on Google Maps
Thai-speaking Guide/Assistant in Chiang Mai
- Khun Nui – from Chiang Mai, fluent in English, and has a few clients for whom she works as an assistant. Contact: 089 851 1973 or [email protected]
- Rung – works with tourists. Contact: 093 257 2477
(check the general Transportation section above for documents’ requirements for cars and motorbikes rentals in Thailand)
- Chiang Mai Airport Guide
- Chiang Mai Airport by Sleeping in Airports
- Green Bus
- Grab replaced Uber in Thailand in April 2018
- Taxi-Meter Chiang Mai – from personal experience: excellent service, on-time (even at 4:00 in the morning when I needed a ride to the airport). At the same time, with Grab coming to Chiang Mai, you may think twice (and go with Grab) before using this service.
- Mangobikes – motorbikes for rent. Owner: Mark O’Brien ( also, Mangobikes on FB)
- Cat Motors (formerly Chiang Mai Scooter Rental)- or check them on Facebook or read reviews on TripAdvisor.
- Red Ride – english speaking drivers; dependable and will pick you up at your door. Contact: 089 954 6001
- Rung – she drives a nice new mid-sized car; price is reasonable. Contact: 093 257 2477
- Yai – drives Tuk-Tuk, speak slowly and clearly. Contact: 097 124 7090
Chiang Mai Co-working Spaces (beware of legal implications)
- Punspace – coworking spaces in Nimman and Tha Phae Gate. Some additional info here
- C.A.M.P. AIS – creative and meeting place @ Maya Mall; C.A.M.P. on Facebook
- Hub53 Coworking & Coliving Space – check them on Facebook
- Star Work – check them on Facebook
- MANA Co-working Space
- Code Space – 24h co-working space and cafe; check them on Facebook
- Find a Coworking Space in Chiang Mai via Coworker.com
- Iglu – relocation or work vacation? I’ve heard about them, but do not have any personal experience or connections with them. Explore possibilities at your own risk
Northern Thailand Travel Resources » Miscellaneous
If you liked this post you may also like:
- Bangkok Sightseeing Your Way – if you like to go off the beaten path and want to see alternative things in the capital of Thailand, check how we did it
- Chiang Mai at First Glance – an unforgettable first impression of the city that I still subscribe to
- Accidentally in Phuket
- What to Expect and How to Prepare for the Hanoi Winter
- A Chef’s Tour – Food Experience Good Enough For A Chef – they offer tours in many exciting places around the world; if you are in Thailand, check their offers in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket
… and, of course, read about us and how our nomadic slow travel journey had started and, eventually, brought us to the Land of Smiles and beyond.
Published: May 2015. Last update: December 2019
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21 thoughts on “Thailand Travel Resources from Chiang Mai to Phuket”
Please how can I get a touris visa to Thailand from Nigeria would love to visit that country
Hi Lewis, you should apply for a visa at the Royal Thai Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria. For more information regarding visa requirements, fees and what documents to bring with you, contact the Royal Thai Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria at e-mail: [email protected]. Hope this helps. Cheers!
That’s a solid list. Good job! I use many of the listings for years now! Perhaps you could have a look at https://www.toptravelfoods.com. This website and app recommends travelers the best local food in their area. Thailand has so much more to offer than only Pad Thai and Fried Rice. The app is perfect for people who have not much knowledge about the Thai cuisine and DO want to try local food, as it is part of exploring the local culture.
Thanks and keep up the good work!
Don’t forgot about Cat Motors, please. Motorbike rental in Chiang Mai =)
Thanks for heads up – Cat Motors had been added to the list :). Actually, I remember walking by your shop back when it was still called Scooter Rentals. Cheers!
https://blog.inspitrip.com/3293/what-to-pack-for-thailand/ – What to pack for Thailand
https://blog.inspitrip.com/3420/top-100-basic-thai-phrases-to-know/ – Top basic Thai phrases (for you to bargain when shopping :))))))
This article gonna become the only Thailand travel resource you need :)))) good work Elena!
Thank you, Alex 🙂
I love your guide on Chiang Mai, lived there for several months and I know how handy it is to have something like this when accustoming to a new destination.
Great to hear from you, Carolin. Thank you for your kind words 🙂
https://www.1112.com/ – pizza delivery
https://thaimotorent.com/scooter-for-rent-in-chiang-mai/ – amazing scooter rental
https://www.uber.com – sure, uber! some place you can go cheap more 3-4 time than Taxi Meter
Central Festival (near Airport and on the Highway)
Thank you very much for these great suggestions! Greatly appreciated 🙂
greetings my dearest,my name is remmy,am looking for market in thailand for precious stones,especially emerald,i have heard and seen a lots of people taking precious stones to thailand,everytime i ask them to know the areas,and adress or contact for me to penetrate the market,they can not give me,i have tried on my own but i have failed,today i have just come to this site by lucky,that is why i decided to write to any body in a position of help,just by giving me contact numbers,or e-mail so that i get in touch,
Hello, Remmy. Unfortunately, I can not help you with any contact information. I would suggest checking Thai Visa website. It is a very active community and they might be able to help you.
Thanks for the great post. I tried going to the link you posted for the I Love Chiang Mai Facebook group, but I get a message, “The page you requested cannot be displayed right now. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired, or you may not have permission to view this page.”
Hi, Kevin. Apparently, you were getting this message ( “The page you requested cannot be displayed right now…” ) because I ♥ Chiang May used to be a secret group. Do not ask me why the group admins felt that it should be secret in the first place. Facebook do not show secret groups to non-members, but instead, display the message that page does not exist. As of today, Dec 17th, the group’s status has changed to closed. From now on, if you follow the link you should see the group and can request to become a member.
Thanks so much for this post! I just moved to Chiang Mai about 3 weeks ago and this post is such a great resource! Cheers 🙂
Thank you. Hope you are enjoying Chiang Mai!
Rimping! One of our fave foreign supermarkets on earth! Awesome list 😉
Talk about a taste of home. We lived in Chiang Mai Riverside condo for like 8 months all together. We’d walk all the way down Chiang Mai Lamphun Road to get our cardio, then we’d pick up some of our fave treats, then, off to the condo again. Awesome cardio, awesome selection, and the Ping River view was pretty too. We love CM; may be our fave city on earth for its mix of Thai culture, creature comforts and dirt cheap cost of living. We feel its the ultimate travel spot for so many reasons, especially where we stay, which has a strong Thai feel to the neighborhood.
Thanks Elena for the awesome share!
Thank you, Ryan.
3 years later, always my pleasure 🙂
Great to hear from you, Ryan. Time flies; hard to believe it’s been years since first publishing. Happy travels!