Things I learned on this trip:
1. The currency exchange wasn't to compliment to understand.
2. Everything is cheap in Thailand which means it's either handmade or a knock off- it's up to you to figure out which one it is.
3. Hotel beds are close together like Europe.
4. Let's talk toilets- Some hotels had awesome bidet toilets. I even ventured to testing out most of the buttons but not the one beginning with an "E". However; when not in hotels there was not so good toilets (just like Europe). There was even Eastern toilets which I strongly dislike. I did learn this time that if there's a handle in the stall you can hold it, lean back as far as you can and pee slowly. Less spray back that way. Oh and wearing a skirt or dress is an advantage when Eastern Toilets are involved.
5. If you are a light sleeper then DO NOT I repeat DO NOT share a room with anyone unless you know 100% they are not a snorer. Even if they are a good friend. Plan on playing a few hundred more to get your own room. While you aren't in your room a ton sleep can be very crucial on trip where you want to enjoy and do everything. So when you do finally get in at night you want to be able to sleep well. Your only other alternative is to embrace getting no sleep and sleep on the bus days if possible. It will help some. Then plan on catching up when you get back.
6. Be prepared to embrace being sweaty 100% of the time. Otherwise you will have a miserable trip.
7. Let's talk undergarments for a moment- When traveling for long periods of time and in a climate where you need to refresh the undergarments frequently DO invest in some travel undergarments. I purchased the following on amazon, washed them daily and they dried within a couple of hours AND most importantly didn't take up nearly as much space as taking 3 weeks worth of undergarments. (Women's 3PK Seamless Padded Bralette with Adjustable Straps(Black White&Nude) and xOfficio Women's Give-N-Go Lacy Lu Low Rise Bikini,Black) Your other alternative is to bring old undies or buy some at Family Dollar and throw them away as you go along. That way you make space for anything you buy and get rid of the dirties. One last word of wisdom- if traveling to hot and humid climates don't where bras with underwire. Talk about uncomfortable. So glad I purchased wireless!
8. There are a lot of funny signs in Thailand, especially for the bathroom which they refer to as the Happy Room.
9.. And the most important thing you should do: Have a blast, try the food, and try all of the different experiences they have to offer. You will most likely only visit there once in your life time.