Author: maytermthailand

  • How to Survive the (Gulp!) 24+ Hour Flight to Thailand

    How to Survive the (Gulp!) 24+ Hour Flight to Thailand

    It’s a long flight to Bangkok, there’s no way around it. It is almost on the opposite side of the globe. It’s not quite as long as a flight to Africa, or India, or Australia, but it’s close. It’s a 1 hour 50 minute flight from SLC to LAX, a 9 hour 10 minute layover in LAX, a […]

  • What to Bring – Checklist for Packing

    What to Bring – Checklist for Packing

    I like to use a checklist of things to pack and do for a long trip to make sure I don’t forget anything. This one is specifically for Thailand. You can add and subtract certain items, but I would be really careful about dropping “critical” items. I have a packing list you can print out here in […]

  • Miscellaneous Items to Bring

    Miscellaneous Items to Bring

    Here are some more unusual items to pack that will be VERY useful on this trip: Zip Lock bags, various sizes – These are incredibly useful for many reasons, and take almost no room. They can be used to pack up wet or dirty clothing, used to store liquids when going through airport security, waterproof […]

  • What Not To Wear…..

    What Not To Wear…..

    Thailand is hot and humid, especially in May and June.  The monsoon season is just beginning, and the air feels saturated with moisture.  It may not be quite as hot as August in Salt Lake City, but the humidity leaves you soaking after just walking a city block.  It’s tempting to wear a t-shirt and shorts all the time. And […]

  • Personal Safety While Traveling

    Personal Safety While Traveling

    A fear many have about traveling outside of the United States is personal safety. Much of this is ingrained in the fear of the unknown, and not on any firm data. While there are dangerous regions in the world today (Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Nicaragua, Yemen, Pakistan), there are many parts of the world that are […]

  • What to Bring – Personal Items

    What to Bring – Personal Items

    Of course you’re going to need personal stuff…toothbrush, deodorant, medication, sunscreen, etc.  Luckily, most items are readily available in Thailand, as long as you’re not too picky about brands.  So don’t worry about bringing a month’s supply of shampoo or soap, unless you HAVE to have a particular brand.  Just bring a few days worth, […]

  • Communicating while in Thailand

    Communicating while in Thailand

    We take global communications for granted. We can call, email, text, message, and video chat. We can do it the old-fashioned way, on landlines, or on cell phones, satellite phones, smart phones, tablets, or computers. We can use Facebook, Twitter, Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram, iMessage, and many more applications to communicate. While it may be a bit […]

  • What to Bring – A Personal First Aid Kit for International Travel

    What to Bring – A Personal First Aid Kit for International Travel

    Stuff happens, and at inopportune times. So it’s best that you’re prepared. We will have a group first aid kit, but it is prudent to have a personal one as well. Not a huge one that will take care of any possible accident or disease that could happen. You’d need an entire hospital and a […]

  • Powering all your electronics in Thailand

    Powering all your electronics in Thailand

    As you probably guessed, electrical standards abroad are different. The US uses 120v/60Hz. Thailand uses 220v/50Hz. That means if you plug an appliance that is set for 120v/60Hz into an outlet in Thailand, there will probably be lots of sparks and smoke, and possibly some charred flesh. I did this once in Uganda, and the resulting smoke […]

  • Money, Money, Money

    Money, Money, Money

    You’ll need money in Thailand. In Thailand, the currency is the baht, and 35 baht is roughly equivalent to US $1. If you want to check the current exchange rates, a good site is xe.com. Dollars are not very widely accepted here in Thailand, so you will have to get some baht when you’re here.