Follow these tips and you'll have a wonderful time
Do not drink water from the tap, I repeat.. DO NOT!
Ever heard of the Delhi belly? Yes, yes I know we are talking about Thailand, but the name used is the same. Delhi belly nicer name used to describe an upset stomach usually accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea and the feeling that death is upon us. Thailand’s tap water is not safe to drink, be sure to take a reusable bottle and fill it up in water dispensers or at your hotel.
Must-try street food
This is a must pretty much everywhere you go in Asia, however, food in Thailand is especially tasty. It only costs a couple of pounds to fill your plate up with humongous portions of Phad Thai. If your backpacking or on a budget then street food is the answer to your prayers! Make sure to try a few Thai delicacies, from sweet to spicy, but go easy on the spicy because “little” spice over there is another level.
When eating street food there are a few things you need to take into consideration. Eat only if it’s being prepared there and then, if it looks fresh and if the line is full of Thai people. Eating street food is not only delicious but it is also a great way to get to know the locals, their culture and gastronomy.
R E S P E C T
My momma always told me that a little respect and kindness take you a long way. We are all different, beliefs, culture can be conversations starter but often can generate anger. It is ok to be curious and ask questions but be respectful, they are more than happy to answer your questions if your kind and considerate.
It’s against the law to speak negatively about the royal family and if you get caught criticizing the monarchy, you can face jail time. This is no joke. Another thing to be aware of is that the head is considered the most important part of the body, so please do not touch anybody’s head.
When visiting another country make sure you educate yourself about the do’s and don’ts so you don’t offend anybody while traveling.
Don’t ride the elephants
Thailand is full of wildlife, you can find them on the beach or mountains, National Parks, Animal rescues centers & Sanctuaries. You see so many animals out in the wild but also so many attractions who feature them as well. Remember to be a responsible tourist and steer clear from tourist attractions that abuse animals for profit.
Luckily, nowadays there are elephant sanctuaries towards the north of Thailand that rescue elephants from tourist camps. There they are giving them a chance to recover from their trauma and live a happy natural life. Please do your research before visiting a sanctuary, there are a few fake sanctuaries too.
Yes, it is hot in Thailand but be mindful of what you wear an when you wear it. if you’re going to visit any of Thailand’s beautiful temples make sure to pack clothes that don’t show a lot of skin. By that I mean, an outfit that will cover your shoulders and knees for temple visits. Also bring along a thin scarf to carry with you on your purse, just in case you stumble upon a temple and you decide to visit it.