What to do and not do in Thailand

After visiting Thailand twice now I feel I have a good knowledge of the place, here are the following things I would do and wouldn’t do:

  • Do save money before you go, although it may be cheap, you will soon get through the cash, I would say aim for around £100-150 (max) a day for 2 of you, this will include activities and excursions throughout each day, along with taxis, food and drinks/alcohol.
  • Don’t be tricked into not asking the taxi driver to put on the meter and agree an arranged price. This will end up costing you up to double the price. Always try to arrange a taxi through your hotel as they were deemed to Scarlett and I as a safer way to travel around.
  • Do buy clothes before you go, but not to many as it is very cheap to style yourself out there in pretty much anything and for around a tenth of the normal price.

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  • Don’t be fooled by the locals, although for the best part most Thai people are very polite, generous and could not do enough for you, always be wary of them. If you seem naive to them, they will take advantage.
  • Do tip, they do not earn much in a way of wages and for most people travelling to Thailand you will find yourself quite wealthy in comparison. 99% of the time they cannot do enough for you when it comes to dining out or taking you somewhere whilst explaining a plethora of information and what to do when you get there. So make sure you reward them for their services. It’s part of the way they make their living.
  • Don’t go anywhere without someone, although Thailand is relatively safe, you can often find yourself down the wrong road when you are lost with multiple people checking you out to see who you are. Don’t stick around to find out.
  • Do participate in their culture, learn how to greet, thank them and say good bye to them, it’s the least you can do, and they really enjoy it if you do so.
  • Don’t get in trouble with the police, it is a well known fact that the Police is run by the Thai Mafia, and that is not something you want to get yourself into.
  • Do make sure if your visiting the temples that you wear long sleeved shirts and trousers that cover your ankles, a few times we saw notices dotted around the place to say the rules. unfortunately we were already finished looking around before we noticed this. But we did witness a girl with very little on get shouted at by a monk from the temple. So I would say respect their ways and culture.
  • Don’t be fooled by the monkeys, although cute and innocent looking, they will attempt to attack you if you antagonise them. Also they will make an effort at grabbing anything that dangles down from your dress or shoes, so be careful. Also respect the fact that they are animals. One girl tried to get to close to the monkeys and took a selfie next to it. Next thing the monkey did was crawl up her leg, latch on and bite her 3 times. After about 10 seconds into the ordeal, one of the boating crew came over to scare the monkey off. Luckily he did – however the girl will have needed some kind of medical attention soon after. Either ruining her day or even her holiday.
  • Do try the food, it’s both fresh and very tasty, at first I was wary when I travelled to Thailand in 2015, but by the end of the trip I was very happy to immerse myself into eating their locally made foods, which are so good!
  • Don’t drink the water from the taps and make sure you buy plenty of water to keep you hydrated, even washing your toothbrush should be done by using bottled water.
  • Do try to experience as much as you can, before you know it the holiday will be over, and you’ll be itching to come back. So make sure you get up early and experience all of what Thailand has to offer.
  • Don’t forget to buy mosquito spray or an alternative, you will almost definitely get bitten especially for me when I went to Phi Phi. However try and keep the bites to a minimum and apply lots of the spray or cream.
  • Do use sun cream, it may be cloudy but that doesn’t stop you from getting burnt. For me Factor 15 was about right – but even I burnt on the first to days. Those of you of a Scottish or Irish background – make sure you apply and often. Don’t let it ruin your holiday.
  • Don’t forget your bum-bag, they are very handy and I would implore your to carry all your cash on you when travelling. I would say this is 4th on your list behind Passport, Money and sun cream.
  • Do listen to what the locals and the fellow travellers or holiday makers have to say about their time either going to excursions or restaurants, it’s the best way to get good tips and stay safe.
  • Don’t be without your phone, I wouldn’t say it’s easy to get lost but then I have a good sense of direction and have been to Thailand twice now, so I have a bit of knowledge but for those who have little knowledge of the area or a poor sense of direction. Make sure you carry your phone on you.
  • Do buy a pair of sun glasses, the sun can make you tired and hurt your eyes, I would suggest buying a good pair and a cheap pair.
  • Don’t spend ridiculous money on things that you wont be able to bring back to your home country. Although there are some amazing items for sale over there. Make sure you’re realistic or at least figure out a way of transporting it back safely.
  • Do purchase medical insurance and travel insurance, it’s only roughly £10 -£20 it’s worth it, don’t get caught out!
  • Have a spare amount of cash somewhere, either hidden in your bag or around your neck in a small necklace box. You could also bring a card with you in order to draw money out in dire circumstances.

What tips do you have for travelling to the beautiful Thailand?

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