10 secret tips for the travelers who visit Thailand at the first time.
TIP 1: Go slow
Don’t try to fit in too much. You’re almost certain to start in Bangkok and we recommend you don’t rush off. Instead, allow a few days to soak up the vibrant capital’s up-for-it atmosphere, before heading south to the islands, or north to Thailand’s second city Chiang Mai. For the first time will enough of visiting Pattaya, city that is most adapted to familiar for the Western man things like restaurants, sea attractions.
TIP 2: What is Wat?
Thailand is a country of temples ( Wat) , from the magnificent to the miniature, but try to visit them all and you’ll soon find yourself fatigued. Narrow it down to the big-hitters instead like Wat Pho and Wat Phra Kaeo in Bangkok, and Wat Phra Si Sanphet in Ayutthaya. Remember that Thailand is about more than architectural splendour, the street-life and beach-life are just as much a part of the experience.
TIP 3: Savvy street food
Thai street food is abundant, high quality and astoundingly cheap. But it can also be a fast track to food poisoning. Take sensible precautions such as washing hands before and afterwards, and above all: eat where there are crowds; a faster turnover means fresher food. And don’t drink the tap water.
TIP 4: Repel the enemy
Mosquitoes are everywhere, but that doesn’t mean resigning yourself to being bitten. If you have plan to visit a jungle trip or safari use a spray-on repellent with at least 50% deet during the day (100% at night) and treat clothes with a permethrin spray. Be sure to do this outside though and leave for a while to dry.
TIP 5: Get the best beds
Why stay in a hotel? If for the same price you get your personal, private 2 bedroom house, where you can spend your unforgettable vacation. And if you are travelling with all your family it is still cheaper to rent a whole villa (even it has 9 bedroom) instead of 9 room in a hotel.
TIP 6: Go to the market
Visiting an open-air market is a must-do and it is here that you will find the best prices and often the best goods. Thailand is a mecca for counterfeit products though, so be aware that what you’re buying is unlikely to be genuine, and never forget to haggle – the first price you’re quoted should come down by at least a third.
TIP 7: Sidestep scams
Don’t trust randomly helpful strangers who come up to you in the street with information about public holidays and closed temples; check with us instead. Always agree a price before getting in a tuk tuk and insist on any taxi you use being metered. Keep your belongings as close to you as possible, ideally strung around you in a zipped up bag.
TIP 8: Respect the culture
Keeping face is of paramount important to all Thai people so raising your voice and getting angry will get you nowhere. The head is considered the most sacred part of the body, while the feet are the lowest; don’t touch a Thai person on the head under any circumstances, or point your feet (especially the soles) towards anyone – or any sacred image, particularly of the Buddha or the King. Smiling will always get you a long way. Thais tend to smile far more than the average westerner so get ready to beam.
TIP 9: Safe sex
Yes, the sex industry is everywhere in Thailand especially Pattaya, Phuket, Samui, but no, prostitution is not legal here. As well as potential trouble from the police, there are numerous ethical issues involved, not to mention issues of health and safety. So don’t even think about it.
TIP 10: Drink it in
Beer is the alcoholic drink of choice in Thailand and you’ll find local brew Singha almost everywhere. Be aware that it is 6% abv – and that the almost-as-popular Chang is a whopping 7%. You have to be 20 to buy alcohol, though only nightclubs generally ask for ID.
ENJOY YOUR SAFETY AND COLOURFUL
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