Thailand is regarded as one of the best ports of call for those who would like to learn about backpacking. However, what you should know is that for you to enjoy your Thailand travel, you have to follow a well-beaten tourist trail. If you are planning to visit Thailand, then read on to find tips on how to enjoy your Thailand travel.
Thailand Travel Tips You Need to Know
You May Need a Visa
Depending on where you are coming from, when travelling to Thailand, you may need to get a visa to enter the country. Thailand is a very popular holiday destination, so it’s relatively easy to do so – you can see more here at https://www.travelvisapro.com/visa/thailand
When visiting Thailand, go slow and avoid fitting in too much. I am sure that you will most likely start your Thailand travel in Bangkok. If so, I would advise you to avoid rushing to other parts of Thailand and instead enjoy what the capital has to offer before moving to another place.
Ensure that you spend at least one night on the ever notorious Khao San Road before proceeding to the islands, located South or Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second largest city located to the north of Bangkok. You will have to set aside two weeks for this. However, if you are in Thailand for 3 weeks, add the infamous Bridge Over the River Kwai and Kanchanaburi to your list of must visit places.
Visit Popular Temples Instead of All the Temples in the Country
There are many temples in Thailand and it can be tiring to visit all of them. In this country, you will find different kinds of temples from the miniature to the magnificent. Therefore, it is a good idea to visit popular temples such as Wat Phra Kaeo Wat Pho both found in Bangkok and Wat Phra Si Sanphet in Ayutthaya.
Keep in mind that your Thailand travel is not all about architectural splendor but also about enjoying the beach life and street life experience Thailand has to offer.
Take Sensible Precautions When It Comes To Street Food
You will realize that Thai street food is quality, abundant and very cheap. However, you should also remember that these foods can be a fast track to food poisoning. Therefore, you need to take precautions such as washing hands before and after eating street food, eating where there are crowds (faster turnover means that the food being sold is fresh) and avoiding tap water.
Despite the fact that mosquitoes are found everywhere in the world, you don’t have to let yourself be bitten by them. Look for a spray-on repellent that contains at least 50% deet during the day (100% at night). Treat your clothes with a permethrin spray once you arrive in Thailand to repel mosquitoes. Ensure that you do this outside and leave the permethrin to dry because it is nasty stuff.
Visit an Open-Air Market
Thailand’s open-air markets have the best goods at affordable prices and are worth visiting. However, remember that Thailand is a mecca for counterfeit products. So, it is good to be careful when shopping to avoid buying products that are not genuine.
Also, remember to haggle since the first price you are quoted can be reduced by at least a third. Some of the popular markets you should visit include Chiang Mai’s Night Bazaar, Tha Kha Floating Market found near Samut Songkhram and Chatuchak Weekend Market.
Look For the Best Beds
Are you on a budget and would like to stay in a guesthouse or hostel? If so, it may be a good idea to consider turn up and request a room in a hostel or guesthouse. You will not have trouble finding a place to stay mainly due to the growing tourism industry. Using our Rough Guide to Thailand will help you find a bed easily.
Remember that air conditioning costs extra and is worth considering especially during May to October (the hottest months). If you would like to spend a little more on your accommodation, book luxury hotels or mid-range hotels in advance to get the best deals.
Beware of Sidestep Scams
Sometimes, you can feel like there is someone is trying to rip you off during your Thailand travel and it is good to keep your wits about you. Avoid trusting strangers who try to help you with information about closed temples, public holidays and other information. Instead, check with your hotel or hostel.
Before getting in a tuk-tuk, agree on a price first and only use a taxi that is metered. Also, keep your belongings close to you by stringing them around you in a zipped up bag.
Respect the Thai Culture
Keeping face is important to Thais. Therefore, you should avoid raising your voice and getting angry. These people regard the head as the most sacred part of the body with the feet being the lowest. So, you should avoid touching a Thai on the head regardless of the circumstances.
Also, avoid pointing your feet especially the soles towards any Thai person or any sacred image especially an image of the King or Buddha. Smiling will get you a long way in Thailand as these people often smile more than westerners. Therefore, keep smiling and your trip in this country will be successful.
Drink It In
Beer is popular in Thailand and is the alcoholic drink of choice among Thai people. In fact, you will get Singha, the local brew almost everywhere. Note that Singha is 6% abv and the almost as popular Chang is 7%. Alcohol is only sold to those who are above 20 years but nightclubs usually ask for your ID.
It may not be a good idea to order wine due to hefty import taxes which make wines cost at least four times what it would cost at home. However, if you are feeling flesh, you can go ahead and order wine.
Even though the sex industry is everywhere in Thailand, prostitution is illegal. Apart from trouble with Thai police, there are several other ethical issues and health and safety issues involved when it comes to sex. Therefore, don’t even think about sex in Thailand.