Top 10 Essential Tips for A Worthy Thailand Travel364
BY Rowan (Guinness Bear)

Top 10 Essential Tips for A Worthy Thailand Travel

Thailand is renowned as one of the most famous tourist destinations in Southeast Asia as so many travelers hope to visit there from every corner of the world 🧔

The main reason for this popularity is that it has so many gorgeous beaches, beautiful islands, worth visiting villages and cities, temples and the best cuisine you’ll ever taste 🥇 Furthermore, with its best tourism infrastructure, you will feel like you have entered another world.

Woman Traveler with Backpack Walking Krachiew Flower Field Thailand Travel Concept

But you should know many rules and cultural differences before you visit Thailand 🧔 So, reading my article will help you to spend a good vacation in Thailand while traveling safely and responsibly throughout the country.

So, here I'm about to share the top 10 travel tips for Thailand to help you have the best experience possible.


#10 Dress Appropriately When Visiting Temples

Asian Girl Traveler Thai Temple

Temples are places where Buddhist believers go to pray and conduct religious ceremonies, and just like most religious sites around the world, you must appropriately dress when you enter the temple's premises 🥇 There are tons of beautiful temples in Thailand that you will want to visit.

Regardless of gender, it is generally discouraged to wear revealing attire when visiting temples, places of worship, and rural areas 🧔 Respecting the culture and covering your knees and shoulders are a must during your visit to a temple or Wat. Most importantly, you can carry a sarong with you. 

Embrace the local customs by opting for silk or lightweight polyester long pants and long sleeves to stay cool and safeguard yourself from the sun and mosquitoes 🥇 Dressing like the locals is a great way to blend in. In beach destinations like Phuket and Krabi or during hikes, feel free to wear bathing suits and shorts, but remember to cover up appropriately in cities and temples.


#9 Avoid the Scams 

Street Thief Holding Knife Trying Steal

Before embarking on your trip, it's essential to be vigilant about prevalent scams 🧔 While most of them are typical in any large city, staying alert and using common sense will help you navigate through safely and confidently.

You may see some friendly locals who ask where you’re going when you’re walking around Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok). Sometimes, there are situations where you express your desire to visit a specific destination, and the person you're talking to responds negatively, saying, "It's closed today" 🥇 After that, they might offer to take you to another attraction, but you need to be cautious because their intention might be to act as your tour guide and charge you extra. To avoid falling into this trap, stay alert and politely decline their offer to join their tour, and you may continue on your own to your original intended destination.

In addition, make sure you don't get into any cab or a tuk-tuk without first agreeing to a price for your safety 🧔 Some cab drivers in the capital are also hoping to put tourists on the meter.  So, if you want to enjoy a tuk-tuk ride, just be sure to negotiate the price before you get into the vehicle. 


#8 Respect the Royals

Royal Crematorium Replica King Bhumibol Adulyadej Pra May Ru Maat

Thailand shares some similarities with the United Kingdom as both are monarchical kingdoms with beloved Royal families 🥇; currently, Maha Vajiralongkorn holds the throne since 2016. The kingdom also cherishes the memory of King Bhumibol, who holds the record as the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history, ruling for an impressive 70 years and 126 days.

King Bhumibol's passing deeply impacted the Thai people, leading the nation into a year-long period of mourning. His images can be found all around the country, prominently displayed in public spaces 🧔 Given the immense love and respect for King Bhumibol and the protection offered by anti-defamation laws, it's advisable not to speak ill of the royal family in any form of communication. Criticizing them, whether in speech or writing, is technically illegal, and it's best to avoid any actions that could lead to legal repercussions, ensuring a pleasant vacation in Thailand.


#7 Avoid The Burning Season

Problem Air Pollution Hazardous Levels with Smog Haze Low Visibility Bangkok City Thailand

In recent years, Thailand has faced significant air pollution issues, mainly caused by the burning season, which becomes highly prevalent during the country's winter period  (December - January) 🧔 Traditionally, this time was considered the best time to visit Thailand due to the cooler weather. However, the alarming amount of PM 2.5 particles has severely affected visibility, making it no longer an ideal time to visit.

In Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok), the smog starts to descend in December, and it gets terrible until around April, when heavy rains begin to dissipate the smog. In Chiang Mai, the smog comes a little later, starting in late January and continuing until May 🥇 Due to the mountainous region around Chiang Mai, the smog often gets trapped for days, so you can expect smog to worsen in Northern Thailand.

So if you are planning to visit Thailand during this time, ensure to bring a PM2.5-certified face mask and wear it whenever you go outside 🧔


#6 Respect the sacred Buddha images

Portrait Asian Woman Tourist Pay Respect Hand with Faith Buddha Statue Temple Thailand Belief Buddhism

During your trip to Thailand, you'll likely come across numerous signs displaying Buddha-related items available for purchase 🧔 These serve as a reminder from the government that Buddha is a sacred symbol in the country.

It's crucial to be aware that Thailand strictly restricts the export of certain goods under the Customs Act, with severe penalties such as confiscation, fines, and even imprisonment for violating these regulations 🥇 Notably, all Buddha images within Thailand fall under the category of "restricted items."

This list also includes items featuring the Thai flag, counterfeit currency, drugs, and counterfeit goods that infringe on intellectual property rights 🧔 While Buddha statues, paintings, and carvings are widely available for sale across Thailand, the law regarding the export of Buddha images is often overlooked. Nevertheless, it's important for tourists to respect these regulations to avoid any legal complications.


#5 Respect the Culture 

Women Wearing Thai Clothing that Pay Respect Sawasdee Symbol

You should be aware of some cultural customs in Thailand because if you don't follow them, you will get into trouble.

  • The Thai Wai
    The Thai Wai is a traditional greeting in Thailand, comparable to a handshake in British culture or cheek-kissing in some European countries. This gesture involves placing one's hands together in a prayer-like position and bowing. When greeting elders, a deeper bow is appropriate, as it signifies a higher level of respect towards them.

  • Body Parts
    Did you know that the head is the most prized body part in accordance with Buddhist customs? So, touching someone on the head is offensive. The feet are considered the lowest body part at the other end of the scale. Don't forget to take off your shoes before entering a  home or a sacred place, in addition to avoiding showing the soles of your feet.

  • The Royal Family
    Never insult the Royal Family. If you join with such insults or ignore the royal family, it will result in spending 15 years in prison. Before every sports event and during cinema screenings, the national anthem is played, and you should always respect the national anthem.

  • Monks
    In Buddhism, there are strict guidelines for monks regarding interactions with women. They are prohibited from touching women or accepting any items directly from them. When encountering monks in public, it is customary for everyone to maintain a respectful distance from them as a sign of reverence and adherence to these traditions.

  • Ladyboys 
    In Thailand, the concept of ladyboys represents the third gender, and it holds a more nuanced meaning than what is commonly portrayed in the West. Ladyboys can be found throughout Thailand, not only in cabaret shows but in various aspects of society. However, it's essential to exercise sensitivity and respect by refraining from asking personal questions. Treating ladyboys with the same courtesy as you would anyone else is the appropriate approach when interacting with them.


#4 Use of Cash and Cards

Young Brunette Woman Holding Thailand Flag Baht Banknotes Making Fish Face with Mouth Squinting Eyes Crazy Comical

Thailand remains predominantly reliant on cash transactions, so it's advisable to have local currency on hand during your stay 🥇 You can exchange cash at the airport or withdraw from cash machines in the country for better Thai baht exchange rates. However, be mindful that cash machines in small villages may impose higher fees, usually around 200 Thai Baht, regardless of the transaction amount, for foreign cardholders.

To manage your cash effectively while traveling, consider withdrawing larger sums and keeping them secure 🧔 While ATMs in large shopping malls and supermarkets still charge a fee of around 150 Thai Baht, this can be more practical than multiple small withdrawals. Avoid converting money into your home currency, as it often incurs a 5-7% conversion fee, which can be saved by using Thai Baht directly.


#3 Visit during Festivals 

Traveler Couple Enjoy Yeepeng Floating Lantern Loi Kratong Festival Arun Temple

  • Water Festival (Songkran)
    Songkran, the Thai New Year festival, is not just a mere celebration but rather a three-day water-filled extravaganza. It takes place nationwide, and if you find yourself in Thailand between the 13th and 15th of April, you'll be immersed in this festive event no matter where you go! The festivities involve lively water fights and splashing water on each other, making it an exciting and more memorable experience for locals and visitors alike.

  • Monkey Festival
    Lopburi is an extraordinary town with an intriguing feature - it is home to around 3,000 wild macaques. These mischievous monkeys often dominate the ancient ruins, causing mischief by stealing food and sometimes even causing trouble for the residents. Interestingly, humans don't hold the upper hand during this unique festival. Annually, the town hosts the Lopburi monkey banquet festival, where humans and monkeys converge. During this event, the simian residents are treated to an impressive spread of over 4,000 tons of fruit and vegetables, creating a fascinating sight of both human-macaque interaction and the quirky harmony that prevails in Lopburi.

  • Vegetarian Festival
    Visitors expecting a delectable meat-free food festival may be taken aback during the Vegetarian Festival in this city 🥇 This unique event, deeply rooted in the lunar calendar, traces its origins back to the Chinese community residing here. The Vegetarian Festival showcases an extraordinary and unusual celebration, offering a fascinating experience to those who participate.

  • Chinese New Year
    Chinese New Year is especially celebrated in big cities like Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok), Chiang Mai, and Phuket. It falls in February, and remember the lunar calendar as it is one of the earliest in the Gregorian calendar year. 

  • National Thai Elephant Day
    On March 13th every year, Thais celebrate their national symbol – the elephant. In zoos, elephant parks, and zoos across the country, these amazing creatures are treated to banquets of sugarcane and fruit. 

  • Loy Krathong, Festival of Light
    This is one of the most beautiful festivals in Thailand. According to the report's history, it originated in the 13th or 14th century in the ancient capital of Sukhothai.

  • Candle Festival
    The candle festival in Ubon Ratchathani is one of Thailand’s more sedate and worth-visiting festivals. Most importantly, it takes place on a sacred Buddhist holiday.

  • Lantern Festival
    The lantern festival in Chiang Mai is held every November. There are parades, religious ceremonies, and fireworks can be seen during the festival, and it is renowned as a contender for Thailand’s most beautiful festival.  Most interestingly, this event's most beautiful part is releasing the paper lanterns into the sky. It is said to bring you good fortune. 

  • Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival
    The Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival is one of the most unusual celebrations in Thailand. It will take place in the northeastern region of Isaan every May. 


#2 Learn to Negotiate

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Negotiating is common in Thailand as most Asian countries are bartering and negotiating prices as ways of life 🥇 So when you need to buy something at the flea market, don't forget to negotiate.

For example, if you go to a flea market and are looking to buy a souvenir, always ask for the price first and negotiate. Once they don't go any lower, repeat to another store 🧔 Do that a few times for other stores nearby, and you should get the lowest price possible.

If you get good practice, negotiation is a work of art. Thailand is an excellent place to do so. To be highlighted, if they offer you a price, don't forget to offer them the price you want to pay 🥇 That is lower than the price that you needed to pay. By following this way, vendors can negotiate their way up to the price you are willing to pay.


#1 No Extra Plans on Travel Days

People Railway Station Traveling by Train Bangkok Thailand

"Why are some Thai people always late?" is often a question many Thai people get asked, and what can they say? Most Thai people come from a culture of compromise where the buses and vans will only leave when it's full 🥇 Hence, they said nothing displays this more than when you want to get somewhere in Thailand using public transportation.

Do not expect anything to go on time when you want to travel around Thailand with time to get us public transportation 🧔 Come at least 30 minutes before the "schedule" and do not plan anything else that day; that is the golden rule to live by when you travel in Thailand.

For example, if you plan to travel from Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok) to Kanchanaburi, even though it is only 140 km away, expect nothing but to travel that day 🥇 That way, you will have the time to get used to your new setting and not be disappointed if you miss out on something due to buses running late.


Top 10 Essential Tips for A Worthy Thailand Travel


And there you have 10 tips every traveler should know when traveling to Thailand. We hope this helps you understand our culture a bit more and help with your trip to Thailand 🥇 So, now that we have all the information we need, it's time to plan your trip to Thailand!



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Rowan (Guinness Bear)

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