The Rough Guide to Thailand

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Practical travel guide to Thailand featuring points-of-interest structured lists of all sights and off-the-beaten-track treasures, with detailed colour-coded maps, practical details about what to see and to do in Thailand. The Rough Guide to Thailand also includes details on how to get there and around, pre-departure information, as well as top time-saving tips, like a visual list of things not to miss in Thailand, expert author picks and itineraries to help you plan your trip.

The Rough Guide to Thailand covers: Bangkok, The Central Plains, The North, The East Coast. The Northeast: Isaan, Southern Thailand: the Gulf coast, Southern Thailand: the Andaman coast, The deep South.

Inside this travel guide you'll find:


Experiences for every kind of trip to Thailand, from off-the-beaten-track adventures in Sukhothai to family activities in child-friendly places, like Khao Yai National Park or chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas, like Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.


Essential pre-departure information including Thailand entry requirements, getting around, health information, travelling with children, sports and outdoor activities, food and drink, festivals, culture and etiquette, shopping, tips for travellers with disabilities and more.


Carefully planned routes covering the best of Thailand give a taste of the richness and diversity of the destination, and have been created for different time frames or types of trip.


Clear structure within each sightseeing chapter includes regional highlights, brief history, detailed sights and places ordered geographically, recommended restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and major shops or entertainment options.


Tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money and find the best local spots for traditional massages, yoga, cycling, trekking, rock-climbing or boat trips.


Rough Guides' rundown of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Ko Samui and Pattaya's best sights and top experiences helps to make the most of each trip to Thailand, even in a short time.


Written by Rough Guides' expert authors with a trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, to help to find the best places in Thailand, matching different needs.


Comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter features fascinating insights into Thailand, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.


Features inspirational colour photography, including the stunning Wat Phra Kaew and the spectacular Wat Phu Tok.


Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys for quick orientation in Pai, Ko Samet and many more locations in Thailand, reduce need to go online.


With helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780241311721
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 10/31/2018
Next Edition Due: Q4.2023
Pages: 800
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm


This title is a part of Rough Guides Main Series

Practical travel guides series covering countries, cities and regions, with detailed factual travel tips, perfect for independent, long-stay, backpacking and budget-conscious travellers seeking comprehensive travel information and off-the-beaten track experiences

  • Extensive practical travel information including getting there, getting around, climate information, safety tips, accommodation explanations, food & drink advice and shopping essentials 

  • Curated author picks with destination highlights at the beginning of each guide

  • Ready-made itineraries covering every corner of the destination

  • Colour-coded places chapters with detailed coverage of places and sights, presented in a points-of-interest structure 

  • Extensive recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, shops and leisure activities for all budgets

  • Colour-coded detailed maps with marked-up key sights 

  • Insights on history and nature highlights  

  • Easy to use, newspaper-style layout

  • All guides published from January 2021 are printed on paper from responsible sources verified to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards

  • Free eBook with each printed guide published from May 2019 

Format: 129 x 198mm

Price: £14.99-£26.99 | $13.99-$34.99

Extent: 616–1208 page


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3.9 out of 5, 7 global ratings

Amazon Customer

Missing pages

Reviewed on March 11, 2023
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I ordered this book a few months ago, and have just started to look through it for some research. Unfortunately the pages I would like to look at are missing. There is also a section of duplicated pages. Disappointed

Amazon Customer

Out of date

Reviewed on February 19, 2023
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Out of date

Amazon Customer

very good - even for Thai residents.

Reviewed on December 24, 2019
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Friends and family living in Thailand for a long time were impressed with the detailed information provided. We certainly were! Great guide.

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