Nomadic Matt’s Guide to Thailand


Last updated: April 2023

Want to be more than a tourist, escape the overcrowded beaches, eat delicious food, hike jungles, and see wild animals?

Thailand is one of the most beautiful and vibrant countries in the world. It’s filled with incredible things to see and do, delicious food, and friendly locals. I fell in love with it during my first visit in 2005.

I’ve gone back every year since. I lived in Bangkok for two years, have run tours through the country, and have crisscrossed and digested every part of Thailand.

And, in this travel guide, I share that deep insider knowledge with you.

This isn’t a mass-produced book seeking to appeal to all tourists. This book is based on my over fifteen years of firsthand experience in the country and will help you have the trip of a lifetime.

My guidebook will help you enjoy the land of smiles, find hidden white sand beaches, traverse jungles, and eat where the locals eat.

How This Guidebook Will Help You

  • You’ll discover unique, hidden, beautiful, inexpensive, and overlooked sights that will make your trip unforgettable.
  • You’ll get suggested daily budgets (for any travel style) as well as money-saving tips so you can travel the country without overspending or getting ripped off.
  • You’ll stay in the best lodgings for your wallet with my list of favorite places that are clean, safe, and fun.
  • You’ll get our in-depth advice on how to navigate the country so you can get around easier, cheaper, and faster.
  • You’ll get a historical overview of how the country got to where it is today so you have a deeper understanding of the people and culture.
  • You’ll love our one-week, two-week, one-month, and two-month suggested itineraries to help you plan your trip and discover the hidden gems of the country.
  • You’ll get a list of all my favorite restaurants so you can enjoy the mouthwatering local cuisine and international restaurants that make this country foodie central – without spending a lot of money.
  • You’ll get ALL the essential tips that make guidebooks important: information on tipping, visas, public holidays, embassies, currencies, emergency numbers, airports, business hours, weather, and much, much more.
  • You’ll get a list of the best nightlife in the country so you can have fun with locals in a safe environment.
  • You’ll get inspired for your trip by watching some the best movies and reading the most inspiring books about Thailand.

What regions does this guide cover?

This guide covers the following destinations in Thailand:

Chiang Mai
Khao Sok
Khao Yai
Ko Chang
Ko Jum
Ko Lanta
Ko Lipe
Ko Tao
Ko Muk
Ko Phangan
Ko Phi Phi
Ko Samet
Ko Samui
Similan Islands

Get the Definitive Travel Guide to Thailand!

Get this guidebook so you can navigate Thailand like a local, avoid the crowds, and save money!

Last updated: April 2023
Details: Over 291 pages of budget travel advice

What Our Customers Are Saying

“Having Matt’s guide during our trip to Thailand was so helpful! We loved that he gave recommendations for everyone’s taste whether you wanted to party, or have a relaxing few days by the beach!”
— Kalya

“This book gets straight to the point – and helps you avoid all the tourist traps. I went to Thailand not knowing what to expect and reading this guide eased my fears. This was a great guide and I plan to buy more.” – Edward

Nomadic Matt’s Guide to Thailand was essential during the planning of and throughout my trip. I particularly liked how down to earth and practical the guide is. I only had two weeks and having Matt’s honest perspective helped me make the right choices. It was like having a friend guiding me throughout my trip!” – Bakary

“This Thailand guide was the perfect tool to help me plan my month-long trip there. I followed many of Matt’s suggestions and all of them were amazing! I especially loved the treehouse recommendation for Khao Sok National Park and the veggie place he recommended near Khao San Road. If you like eating as much as I do, try the restaurants listed: they were the best places I ate in during my whole trip!” – André

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes your guide different?
Our books cater to budget travelers and focus on off-the-beaten-path and local destinations other guidebooks skip. Unlike other mainstream guidebooks, we don’t try to be everything to everyone. We’re here for the people who want to travel, not merely take photos. All of the information included in this guide is from firsthand experience, not internet research.
What makes you an expert on Thailand?
I’ve been to Thailand more times than I can count, lived there for two years, was there during two political coups, speak Thai, and ran tours there. All of the recommendations in this guide are my personal favorite places to see, eat, and drink.
What’s the difference between this guide and the information on this site?
While this website has a lot of great information on Thailand, it doesn’t offer specific accommodation, restaurant or bar recommendations; neighborhood information; historical information; or important information like customs, laws, visas, and detailed transportation and emergency information. Ya know, all the stuff you turn to a guidebook for!
How will this save me money?
This guide was written for budget travelers by a budget traveler. It includes cheaper options for food, activities, and accommodation, as well as tips to save money while still having a high-quality travel experience.
Is this guide available in print?
No, it is only available as an ebook. You’ll be able to save this guide to your phone, Kindle, iPad, or computer so can access it on the road. It will work on any device and can be used on as many as you want.
Are there any special coupons inside?
Unfortunately, there are not. However, there are plenty of tips included to help you save money!
If I have any questions or concerns, can I contact you?
Of course! You can contact me via email anytime at
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