Generally speaking, tourists always have in their possession tons of information about the certain place they are going to visit. Mostly, information about the location, nearby landmarks and everything listed in a long sheet of paper with a pen in their hand to check it once they’re done. But this is somehow frustrating and confusing as which among of those listings that you have on hand can really be good to provide truthful information to trust. Likewise with any country you visit, you’ll get all the more out of your stay if you plan properly and arrive educated about the local lifestyle.
Thailand is a stunning nation to visit – it can likewise be a bad dream on the off chance that you fall on the wrong side of the law – detainment, capital punishment and different circumstances that can truly ruin your vacation, also your life. Travelers can tend to do things they typically wouldn’t do at home and this occasionally can include infringing upon a Thai law. One tourist going to Thailand can only carry 30 cigars. They should always carry their passport going anywhere in Thailand. Littering, spiting and dropping cigar buds on the streets are all punishable by law. Killing, selling and or buying animal products or dishes are illegal in this country.
Banks and Currency
The currency in Thailand is Baht. One baht is about 3 US$ cents and vary depending on day. Baht notes are available in any colours and sizes (blue, red, etc.). One Baht is subdivided into 100 Satang. There are several banks in Thailand, both national and international. The most popular banks among expatriates are Citibank, Deutsche bank and HSBC. HSBC is the popular among others. National banks they have are Bangkok Bank, Siam Commercial Bank and Krung Thai Bank.
Men should wear collared shirts or polo and shorts when touring the city’s outskirt. For women, blouses, long skirts or comfortable dress are also recommendable when touring the city at day or night. They can also wear shorts not mini shorts or skirts when in the city nor in towns or provinces. To avoid disturbances and attract attention, wear clothes that won’t reveal your skin, as for women. Once in the temple, closed shoes and no revealing clothes should be the one to wear by tourists. When you see Thai going in temples, likely create a pattern same with locals clothes. Thailand is pretty hot in any days of the year. We advise to wear comfortable clothes or cotton-type clothes to ease the heat and avoid dehydration. Cotton type clothes shouldn’t be revealing as well since this country is very strict when it comes to dress codes.
A Thai always respect their elders and monks whenever they see them in any places. Once you see one while crossing the streets or walking along the outskirt of Thailand, stop momentarily and press both palm together just like you are about to pray and place it in front of your chest and slowly bow your head. Smile to them as a sign of respect and courtesy that you give them honored. Once two older people are talking to each other and you need to pass through, lower your head and walk in group of people. Head is the most important part of the body according to Thai, as it should be tap or hold by anyone at any time. Feet is the lowest or least part of the body and shouldn’t point to anyone at any time as well. Don’t raise our voice while talking to anyone.
The first sacred subject of all Thai aspect is the monarchy. Thai still believe through the power and leadership of the Thai monarchy family just like how British, Japanese and French nation does to their reigning king and queen. Though they have Prime Minister as the primary leader of the nation, their PM is respecting and considering the decision of the Royal Family when it comes to family-related issue of any nation. Any comments, suggestions or reaction that may insult or deprive and even derogate the Royal Family’s image, a criminal offense is must to put any person, Thai or foreign nations are not excluded. If you commit offense like that, an imprisonment of 15 years will be the punishment. Furthermore, it is required to stand in respect to the King at the commencement of films and to stop walking and/or stand during the playing of the national anthem at 8 am and 6 pm. On the lighter side, it has become fashionable to pay respect to the king by wearing a yellow shirt on Monday’s.
Observe revered religion
Thai has a great respect on their religion, Buddhism. This is the second sacred subject of all Thai aspect. The Thais’ devotion to the monarchy is matched only by their dedication to their religion; with approximately 95% of the entire nation dedicate their commitment to Buddhist Gods. Visitors need to consider proper behavior once get the chance to visit Thailand. Temples, ruins, stupas and monks should be address by slowly bowing head as a sign of respect. Never photograph Buddha image, smaller or bigger, ruined or not as this is a sacred object; if in any case, ask Buddhist monks if taking photograph is possible. When entering temples, one should wear shirts or tee-shirt, sleeveless dresses, strap dresses and any revealing clothes. Shorts, mini skirt, skirt and tube dresses are not allowed to wear in temple premises. Wear closed shoes when touring outskirt of temple and remove it once entering the temple.
Thai are very accommodating and welcoming to all its visitors. Though they are mostly good, it may come to time that some are not so to ensure your holiday is safe and happy one, follow precautions that we listed. For personal safety, use common-sense on looking for your personal belongings. Avoid deserted areas. Never go to areas with no people or any sign of loud noise and busy lights. Drugs are illegal in any part of Thailand. Once caught with drug possession, a criminal case will be charge. Make sure all travel documents e.g. passport, visa, airline tickets, money and jewelries are properly protected and not easily visible. Beware of strangers who approach you offering assistance or so though you have guides. Be sure to have reliable guide from official sources that you arrange ahead of time of travel. Choose taxi whenever circling Thailand. Keep your wit above everything. If in case you can’t handle conflicting situation, call Tourism Police Officers that you can get through your hotel or airport.
Thai New Year
Experience the water fight festival in Thailand – Songkran. Songkran Festival is also known as the Thai New Year or Thailand Water Festival. It is usually celebrated during April 13th to 15th but mostly, it’s a week-long celebration. It’s a celebration of families and relatives for great years they had. Usually, family give alms to the monks early in the morning, bath Buddha with fragrant water and the most exciting is the splashing of water with people in the streets of Silom, Khao San Road and Phra Pradaeng District as symbolism of washing away misfortune of past year, thus welcoming the new year with a fresh start. Before, it is only done within families or relatives, but today, for the spirit of festivities, they splash water to anyone using buckets, garden hoses and water guns amongst all town residents and tourists alike.