With Thailand been one of the most visited countries in the world. And have been traveling to Thailand regularly, there is a few things first time visitors need to know.
- Lets Start With The Basics
- Nice To Know
- Only Drink Bottled Water
- Don’t Be Afraid To Try All The Thai Food
- 7 Elevens Everywhere
- Using Taxi’s
- Local Markets
- Be Wary Of Friendly People Who Approach You On The Street
- Avoid Drugs
- Don’t Offend The king!
- Cannot Touch A Person’s Head
- Dress Conservatively When Visiting Temples
- Wrapping Up
For people planning on visiting Thailand in the near future. I wrote this blog post about traveling to Thailand what do you need to know before going.
Lets Start With The Basics
Getting The Visa
Firstly, ensure that your passport that is valid for at least another 6 months upon entry into Thailand.
Remember, if you arrive over land or sea, you can only do it this way twice in a calendar year when entering over land or via a sea border but there is no limitation when entering by air.
The rules change regularly around visas, check with the Thai embassy online for the latest information.
In Thailand they use the Thai Baht. Always use and have some local currency on you. There are ATM’s everywhere and foreign exchanges.
Remember, your bank may charge you a fee for ATM withdrawals and stores may charge a surcharge on payments made with foreign cards.
Read out post on how to avoid ATM fees in Thailand here. Remember, Thailand has properly the most expensive ATM withdrawals in the world.
Vaccinations for Thailand
I got shots against Hepatitis A+B, Tetanus and Diphtheria for Thailand which I had to do 6 weeks before going.
Check with your local doctor about vaccinations before going to Thailand.
Travel Adapters for Thailand
Thailand has four associated plug types, types A, B and C. As the diagram below shows that Plug type A is the plug which has two flat parallel pins, plug type B has two flat parallel pins.
And a grounding pin and plug type C has two round pins.
Nice To Know
Only Drink Bottled Water
The drinking quality of the water from taps in Thailand, is poor at best. And if you’re a bit health conscious you know better not to drink water from the taps.
Only drink bottled water. This includes ice cubes. And with food is okay because it’s cooked.
You don’t want to risk getting sick and spending a week recovering.
Don’t Be Afraid To Try All The Thai Food
Thai food is delicious. Thailand seasons it’s food very well and I can’t remember ever having a bad meal.
Street vendors food is unbelievably cheap meat and is generally safe to eat, it’s worth the experience. Again, I never had a bad meal there.
7 Elevens Everywhere
7 Eleven’s seem to be everywhere and open 24 hours.
ALWAYS make sure they use the meter. A lot of taxi’s will not use the meter in an effort to charge more. A short taxi ride shouldn’t be more than 100 – 150 baht.
Don’t even get into the taxi unless you agree on a metered trip. If he says no, just shut the door and wave down another one. You will be better off this way.
Wherever place you visit in Thailand, there will always find a local market. You will found vegetables, fruits, animals and fish as well fake sunglasses and fake clothes.
In crowded markets, keep a good eye on your wallet. I kept mine in a my front pockets that was buttoned most of the time or just carried a small amount of cash.
Be Wary Of Friendly People Who Approach You On The Street
Unless it’s someone you know, they are trying to sell you something or scam you somehow. It’s best to just say no and ignore them. They’ll leave.
Always Avoid drugs in Thailand. The penalties are fairly harsh and can include the death penalty. Remember, you could be set up when buying drugs.
Don’t Offend The king!
The King of Thailand is idolised and revered by everyone in Thailand, almost as a god-like symbol.
Thailand has some of the strictest lese majeste (injured majesty) laws in the world. Defaming or insulting The King is a criminal offence and you risk several years imprisonment under Thai law. This applies to foreigners as well.
You risk being arrested if you deface or even step on the currency (which has The King’s image on it).
Cannot Touch A Person’s Head
In Thailand, you cannot touch a person’s head. Thais consider the head as a very sacred part of the body. You can only touch the head of a person who is within your immediate and extended family.
Otherwise, touching the head of others would only bring you trouble.
Dress Conservatively When Visiting Temples
When visiting temples, dress conservatively particularly should wear long shorts or trousers and shoulders covered.
Many temples state as you enter that photography is not allowed.
Finally, Thailand is a great place to visit and has a lot to offer for everyone. Like any trip, you’ll get the most out of it by learning all you can before you arrive.
And that’s it for now! I’d love if this post on traveling to Thailand what do you need to know before going was helpful to you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is any more to add.