Thai travellers need to stay connected while on holidays, making mobile phones their top choice as a companion, followed by cameras and computers, reported a study by credit card firm Visa.
Visa's Global Travel Intentions Study 2013 reports 82% of Thai travellers take mobile phones with them, 77% take cameras, 52% computers and 30% entertainment devices.
Gadgets are used to find essential information and easily share their travel experiences with friends and family, which is why 70% of Thai travellers take a smartphone with them.
These tourists are tech-savvy, with 86% choosing to check-in online while abroad, while 92% of Thai travellers want to share their experiences online, updating their social media profiles after returning from trips.
Internet capability rates highly when deciding which gadgets to bring on holiday, ranking as the top consideration for affluent global travellers (45%) ahead of gadget size and weight, possibly due to the 25% who require access to internet banking while away.
First-time travellers, however, listed size as the most important factor (41%).
Some 83% relied on internet sources for information during their trips and chose mobile phones and compact cameras as their top must-have items.
Online sources such as travel reviews, service providers and official tourism websites are used by 86% of Thais surveyed for trip planning and 81% for independent travel bookings.
Travellers from Asia-Pacific were dubbed the most tech-savvy, with 80% using online sources for trip planning, 76% for booking trips, and 73% accessing online sources during the trip.
"Technology has changed the way we travel, as Thais use the internet to plan their trips, search for information during their trips, and share their holiday experiences on social media following their trips," said Somboon Krobteeranon, Visa country manager for Myanmar and Thailand.