Tips for Your First Trip to Thailand

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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.


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.

Appropriate clothing 

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. 




  1. November 4, 2019 / 3:33 pm

    This article really made me feel like bouncing to Thailand now and I do thank you greatly for this.
    It will really help me when I decide to visit Thailand.

  2. November 4, 2019 / 4:02 pm

    Good advice! Water seems so harmless that it’s easy to forget to exercise caution while traveling!

  3. November 4, 2019 / 5:42 pm

    This sounds like a great place to visit over winter break. We might have to make this our goal for next year.

  4. November 4, 2019 / 5:44 pm

    My husband went on a mission trip to Thailand & I have always wanted to visit! Hopefully he will take me in 2020! Hahaha…thanks for sharing these tips! Will definitely keep them in mind if my dream comes true!

    If you would like more travel inspo, please check out my blog as well! ❤️

    • Cat
      November 6, 2019 / 11:48 am

      Will most defiantly check out your blog for inspo! Xx

  5. November 4, 2019 / 6:08 pm

    Thailand is one of those places I really want to visit! great pictures. thank you for sharing!

  6. November 4, 2019 / 10:42 pm

    I always wanted to go to Thailand! This is very informative. I will be bookmarking this for later!

  7. November 4, 2019 / 11:40 pm

    Wow, these are some great tips! I’m in the mood to start planning a Thailand trip after reading your post!

  8. November 5, 2019 / 5:00 am

    Always wanted to go to Thailand, and they said shopping there is very cheap

    • Cat
      November 5, 2019 / 3:19 pm

      It’s true, things are so cheap. I’m in Vietnam at the moment and things are cheap overhear too.

  9. Luna S
    November 5, 2019 / 2:02 pm

    What great information! I like that you even included the types of plugs used, most people don’t think about that.

    • Cat
      November 6, 2019 / 11:47 am

      Yeah, I remember looking for that when I was researching about Thailand so i thought it would be useful to have all the info in one place.

  10. November 5, 2019 / 4:27 pm

    I’ve never been to Thailand. Although during one trip to Malaysia we planned to cross to Thailand, but there was a bombing incident that prevented us from travelling there—so yeah, that happened.

    I still wish to see Thailand. I want to food trip, most especially, and go shopping!

    • Cat
      November 6, 2019 / 11:46 am

      Gosh! Hope u get to visit Thailand! But with no incidents! Xx

  11. November 5, 2019 / 9:47 pm

    My friend is curently living in Thailand “living her best life” and it is somewhere I definitely want to visit!

    • Cat
      November 6, 2019 / 11:45 am

      Oh my gosh living in Thailand? That’s so cool!!

  12. November 6, 2019 / 10:06 am

    I have never been to Thailand but it is a fascinating country that I want to try. Never heard of Dehli Belly but thank you giving the heads up!

  13. zandra castillo
    November 6, 2019 / 6:16 pm

    I would love to travel to Thailand. I have watched many videos of expat travelers and I really wish when I was younger I would have took advantage of traveling.

  14. November 6, 2019 / 8:28 pm

    Thailand looks pretty amazing and I heard so much good reviews about visiting! I’m not a fan of animal tourism myself and would prolly spend my day away from these ‘elephant sanctuaries’.

  15. November 7, 2019 / 4:35 am

    i love your photos in Thailand. i’ll add this country to my bucketlist for sure.

  16. Blairvillanueva
    November 7, 2019 / 3:22 pm

    These are all helpful tips. But how can you sure that the water used in preparing street foods are safe (since you recommend to must try street foods).

    • Cat
      November 7, 2019 / 4:01 pm

      Street food is no riskier than in restaurants. Actually, When you eat on the street, you’re likely to be served fresh food if you chose the stall wisely. However, when it comes to water there’s no way of knowing even if you’re eating in a restaurant.

      On that note, water once boiled should be ok. Like veggies for example, be sure to have them cooked and not raw, hopefully cooking them ei ll kill the bacteria.

  17. November 7, 2019 / 3:57 pm

    I’m so happy that you mentioned here that you should not be riding the elephants. I see people post photos of themselves doing that in Thailand and it’s very cringeworthy!

    • Cat
      November 7, 2019 / 4:05 pm

      Likewise for photos with tigers and other animals, they get sedated in order for tourists to take photos. Not cool! 🙁

    • Cat
      November 7, 2019 / 4:05 pm

      Likewise for photos with tigers and other animals, they get sedated in order for tourists to take photos. Not cool! 🙁

  18. Amelia Pollock
    November 9, 2019 / 6:06 pm

    My girlfriend who just got recently married is planning to go to Thailand`with her husband. I’m glad that I came across this information and it is something I should recommend to her. Great Tips!

  19. May 23, 2020 / 3:29 pm

    Like!! I blog quite often and I genuinely thank you for your information. The article has truly peaked my interest.

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