Below are the things you should know before you go for a Thai Holiday:
- Always carry cash. Barring high-end restaurants, expensive malls, and luxurious hotels, the whole of Thailand is a cash-only society.
- Be scam savvy. In some of Thailand’s tourist areas, there are common tricks and scams abound that you have to watch out for.
- Stay healthy. Drink enough water and regularly applying sun cream or insect repellent.
- Sharpen your negotiating skills – Good bargaining skills will help get discounts and offers on activities, tours, and accommodation.
- Do take off shoes if asked. It is a part of the Asian culture to remove shoes before entering a home, shops or some traditional restaurants.
- Dress appropriately while visiting religious places, wear clothes that cover your shoulders and reach to at least your knees, when visiting temples or major museums.
- Keep your calm, and go with the flow. Some things will be different from home, so, accept and enjoy.
- The monkeys in Thailand will climb up to people and steal sunglasses, hats, cameras, backpacks.
- Don’t ride elephants. Stop animal cruelty and refuse to take pictures with elephants.
- Don’t take selfies with tigers. They are drugged and it amounts to animal cruelty.
- Thailand is budget friendly. With a small budget you can get really far and even luxury is affordable.
- Wear a helmet if renting a motorbike.
- There will be language barriers. Learn a few phrases in Thailand, like hello, thank you and good bye.
Here are some affordable hostels in Thailand. Have a look before your next holiday.