This is the one country from where you’ll come back with tons of crazy stories and memories to narrate. Everybody is familiar with the “Land of Smiles” and the fact that the citizens of Thailand are super sweet and friendly. This country gives us all the right reasons to visit it and maybe come back again. But there are also some things which you should be aware of before visiting this country. To make this easier for you, we’ve compiled 20 things that should be at your fingertips when you next go to Thailand.
Follow Their Customs and Rituals
Before going to Thailand, try learning basic words like “please” and “thank you” because it is of utmost importance to be perceived in a nice manner by the locals. Then also learn how the Thais greet each other. This will show how much you respect and care about their culture. The more politely you follow their customs and rituals, the more these locals will help you and make your trip simpler. And remember that the head is the most important part of the body for the Thais so never touch anybody from their head there. They also consider feet as the dirtiest part of the body so avoid pointing your feet at anybody there.
Take Risks When it Comes to Food
A major reason why people choose Thailand as their travel destination is because of its food. Don’t be skeptical when you’re there for food, whether you’re consuming too much or if the food is of top-notch quality. The street food of Thailand is to die for and there’s no harm in taking risks. Also, for just a dollar or two, you can get your tummy full. Eat as much as you can when in Thailand because the experience is going to be totally worth it. Some of the vendors are not familiar with the English language so you can simply point at your food and you’ll be served.
Take Good Care of Yourself
Every country has insane scammers so it’s necessary for you to be extra careful when in Thailand. Some of the usual scams of Thailand include- overcharging the tourists, drivers taking you to their friends’ stores to make commission, pickpockets and stay as far away as you can from the local police as they’ve been known to make the profit off the tourists. Take extra care of your luggage and wallet and don’t get into unnecessary conversations with people who seem shady.
The Thai people are very sweet and like those who are humble and down-to-earth. never brag about yourself in the company of the locals of Thailand. Copy their style, listen to them and you’ll blend in just perfectly. Always have a smile fixed on your face while talking to the locals, maintain a low profile and be as respectful as you can. If you do all this, you’ll have a wonderful trip and make loads of friends in Thailand.
Sightseeing Calls for Covered Clothes
When going for sightseeing, carry a jacket. When going to the temples, you have to have your shoulders covered at all times. The women also have to cover their legs when visiting the place of religion or you might be asked to leave instantly by the staff or locals. The one thing that cannot be tolerated is somebody disobeying their culture and religion. So simply don’t risk it and do follow their customs by donning on covered clothes.
Respect the Royal King, His Family and Kingdom
The locals of Thailand adore the Royal King and his family. The king is viewed as a symbol of righteousness and proper adherence to Buddhist principles. Many view him as a father figure and is even celebrated on Fathers’ Day. You’ll find the king’s photos everywhere in Thailand so be mindful that it’s practically illegal to him or mock them in any possible way. And every day at 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM the national anthem of Thailand is played in public place so the citizens stop doing everything and stand to attention. You should do the same to be well-accepted by the locals.
Use a fork and Not a Spoon
As funny as this might look, using a spoon in Thailand will make you come out as a crude person. Thailand is a land where people are very humble and down to Earth so you wouldn’t want to offend any of the locals while there. Imagine how you’ll feel if some foreigner comes to your land and tries to experiment with your culture. Use a fork no matter what you’re eating. It might seem difficult at the moment but if you’ll practice, eventually you’ll just get used to it.
Tuk-Tuk for the Day and Taxis for the Night
When you’re doing local sightseeing, shopping or just strolling in Thailand, prefer taking a tuk-tuk during the day. It will give you a good view of what Thailand has to offer. It may seem terrifying but that’s what the locals do. For the night, at all times take a taxi. And once you get dropped off to a place, ask the same taxi driver to come and get you at a certain time. You can’t find a taxi during the night without fighting the drunk people to get back to your hotel.
Gambling Permitted on Only Certain Days
Don’t get your hopes too high when it comes to gambling. Thailand has a strict policy of no gambling on certain days. It’s ordered by the King so by no means can you defy this rule. Find out beforehand, when you can gamble and when not. It will also help you to plan your trip in a systematic manner. On the days that you can gamble, be ready to face loads of drunk people, screamers and the general debauchery.
Beware of the Ladyboys
Usually, the most well dressed and pretty looking women on the train, boat or sidewalk is a ladyboy. The Thai women are simply stunning but if you’re not looking for that kind of a thing then stay as far away as you can. Some can get you into a scam or two. Otherwise, all the locals of Thailand are sweethearts you can easily mingle with.
Say No to Animal Tourism
Thailand has a lot to offer when it comes to animal tourism. You can visit zoos, elephant trekking, tiger temples and many such activities which involve animals. But we would suggest you cross it off your bucket list. Many of the travelers don’t have an idea about how badly the animals in Thailand are mistreated. But if you’re an animal lover and are dying to witness them, then definitely go but don’t ride on any of them or get too close. Try seeing these creatures in an ethical way.
Bargain Your Heart Out
Bargaining in Thailand is nothing like bargaining in any place of this world. You’ll have fun bargaining because the shopkeeper will go on exchanging numbers till the time you both don’t settle on a price. If the things don’t have a price tag then bargain till you don’t get the number you want. If you’re making a shopkeeper uncomfortable with your bargaining, then simply change the shop.
Invest in Bug Spray
Many people have to shorten their stay in Thailand because of bug bites. The bugs in Thailand are huge and one can easily encounter too many bug bites. The itching of these bites is unbearable and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Isn’t it? Replace your perfume/deodorant with bug spray and always put it when in Thailand. You never know when a mosquito is going to suck your blood and make your trip a big failure.
Do NOT Feed the Monkeys
You’ll come across plenty of monkeys in Thailand especially on the beaches. They might seem cute and friendly but by all means, avoid feeding the monkeys. These monkeys won’t seem that cute when they’ll be tearing up your purse or stealing your clothes. Yes, the monkeys of Thailand are capable of doing it. Also, these monkeys do bite so if you’ve not had a rabies shot recently, then go to a nearby hospital instantly.
Mai Pen Rai
This is a common phrase that you’ll hear from the mouths of the locals of Thailand. This phrase is used when the locals are confused and don’t understand much of what you’re saying. They will nod their head and smile politely along with using this phrase. You’ll also have to use it at least once on your trip to make the locals understand that you don’t know what they’re saying.
Thailand is a stunning place to go to and will be one hell of a trip for you. Follow all of these things mentioned above and you’re all set!