An exotic destination filled with culture, history, and authentic adventure is what Thailand can offer to all. It was dub as the utopia of awesome which perhaps suggests that this country is known for the best activity and fun-loving scenario you could experience when you visit Asia. 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. It is important that you avoid any unpleasant incidents and remain safe and sound during your Thai travels. To help you make the most of your trip, here are some essential tips:
Customs /Dos and Don’ts
Give respect to Buddhism though you came from different religion. Buddhism plays a vital role to Thais everyday life. It is also protected by law and once gets disrespected, you can get arrested. Touching and climbing on top of the Buddha’s place is also a sign of disrespect. Men and women should cover their shoulder and knees when entering Buddhist temples. Physical contact in Thai is also a sign of aversion as to greet them by bringing your palms together at chest height and then bow slightly. Introduce yourself with first name basis which you need to add prefix name “Khun”. Talk nicely to Royal Family if in case you get the chance to speak with them. Don’t lose temper, shot and or argue whenever in Thailand. Give big smile whenever seeing people in the street. When entering a Thai house, remove your shoes. They use spoon and fork when eating and some use chopsticks nowadays.
For a holiday destination, Thailand is a popular choice for many other adventures in the world. But like anywhere el se in the world, if you are a tourist you have to take precautions. Nothing to worry when visiting Thailand because it is far safer than many other tourist destinations and definitely safer than most large cities. Look carefully on your personal belongings. Always have food that cook right through your eyes and not those pre-prepared food to avoid contamination. Perhaps if you can, skip riding motorcycle or hopping in motorcycle taxi. We gladly understand that it was cheaper compared to other as to have it least among your choices of what to ride. If it can’t be, always wear helmet for protection. Lastly, avoid abandoned or empty areas that can be really scary and could cause trouble on your stay.
Traveling around Thailand (Car Hire)
Are you wishing to drive any roads in Thailand? They can allow you to drive but with minimal days only of your stay for about 30days as you don’t need to own a Thai driver’s license. Several rent a car services can be found in any city of Thailand. We advise that you bring a lot of patience as the streets can be really crowded and heavy traffic is really frustrating to experience. Road signs and road symbols are in English format and it is really helpful to most tourists and expats. Other available transportations are bicycles, trains and busses as we are happy to let you educate about Thailand.
In Thailand the standard voltage is 220 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type A / B / C. Below you find pictures of these power sockets and corresponding plugs. Your need for an adapter depends on the voltage, frequency and power plugs in the country you live in. If you are not sure, you can select your country in the right column. You can use your electric appliances in Thailand, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220V – 240V (as in Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa). If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100V – 127V (as in the US, Canada and most South American countries), you need a power converter.
Thai measurements are a bit different from European, UK or US measurements. In Thailand, the size of land is expressed in rai, ngan and square wah. One wah equals 2 metres. Somehow different but the computation is still the same compared to real measurement that other countries used. Thus, when it comes to sizes of body and feet and all in all aspect for shopping opportunities, they observe same level of measurement compared to American and British depending on brand.
It is neither required nor customary to give tip whenever visiting Thailand. But they will appreciate if you give them tip from what great deeds they provide to you during your stay in hotel, restaurants or in riding vehicles touring places around Thailand. Even a small tip in will go a long way and may lead to more enthusiastic service next time. If you will give tip, directly give it to the person, staff or personnel you wish to get the tip. Never give it to his superior or supervisor as they are not allowed to get or ask for tips from any customers. Thai workers are not earning a lot compared to others. So a little of something from people they serve is a big respect to them to obtain. If in case you dine and there is service charge, I believe tip is not needed anymore since they included it in the bill. A little something from own pocket out of great service should be rewarded.
Transport in Bangkok
Streets in Bangkok are really frustrating and stressful. Once you have your own car, expect the worst of the street with thousands of motorcycles coming through left and right and sometimes will come from nowhere and lead to an accident sometimes. Several transport vehicles can be hired, rented or use for service in long drive or short drive in key cities or any towns nearby or afar. Some vehicles are negotiable when it comes to fare and some are in fix price. Transport vehicle can be very comfortable some are dangerous and risky like the tuk-tuk and the motorcycle taxis. All in all, Thailand’s mode of transportations is very colourful and exciting to experience. Dominants among vehicles are the motorcycle since people can own without getting licenses and can be hired as motorcycle taxis. Road transportation is the primary form of freight transport across the country. Slow rail travel has long been a rural long-distance transport mechanism, though plans are underway to expand services with high-speed rail lines extending to several major regions of Thailand.