- Understand the vast majority of taxi drivers do not understand English, so a little preparation is necessary.
- Take a location card from your hotel, written in Thai, for your return trip.
- Determine if the destination of interest is near a train station (for Bangkok destinations) and use the train, getting close helps with the taxi.
- Use the Google Map on your smartphone which often presents the place name in English and Thai. If you do not have Internet access while you are roaming overseas, create screen shots at the hotel before you leave.
- If Google Map does not have the place name in Thai, ask the hotel concierge to write it down. Hotels will often help with setting up the trip for you as well. This isn't as fun, only because it isn't really striking out on your own and it will cost you more money.
- Car rental companies will rent a car with a drivers license that is in English. Driving yourself makes things easier as you can use the Google Navigator function. Google Map is quite accurate in Thailand these days. Just keep mind that if the destination is in one of the bigger cities parking will likely be an issue.
I have purposely left out "getting there" information in my blogs but religiously placed Google Map links to the various destinations. This is because I think it is often the traveling that makes the destination more interesting. But here is some advice for getting to the Thailand destination and back again, once you have decided on which destination you want to explore.
Tips for the savvy traveler to prepare for the best trip in their lives.