Etiquette When Vacationing In Thailand
Thailand, a land famed for its glorious temples and delicious cuisine tend to be one of the top destinations of all modern day travellers. As with every country, Thailand has its fair share of dubious hotspots, but being informed before visiting the country goes a long way in helping you get the most out of your time there.
Thailand is a country with a culture based on respect, and their respect-system is sometimes a little bit different to the way it works in the rest of the world. To start with, younger people should always respect those older than them and take what they say as the truth. That said, Thailand is a country where money talks, so if you are perceived as being wealthy then people will be a whole lot more respectful of you. Of course, vulgar displays of wealth could also have the opposite effect and cause you to become a target for those who want to take what is yours.
It is also a country based on ‘saving face’ or in western terms, not being made to look foolish. Thai’s absolutely hate being shouted at as it brings their mistakes or wrongdoings to light. Keeping a cool head on your shoulders goes a long way in Thailand and apologising for any mistakes is a must. However, if you feel like you are being treated unfairly or being targeted by undesirables, the old saying ‘If in doubt, shout’ can prove to be beneficial.
The food in Thailand is second to none, and this is especially true when it comes to street food. Thai Street food is mouth-wateringly good and is also economical. Every visitor to Thailand should try the street food at least once. Food poisoning is rare with street food as it is cooked on the spot, so what you get will be piping hot and fresh. While the trade of dog meat is illegal in Thailand, it is still commonplace, especially in parts of Bangkok and the North-Eastern parts of the country.
There is also the common misconception that every woman in Thailand is a sex-worker. This couldn’t be farther from the truth and, in fact, it is only commonplace in areas such as Pattaya, Phuket, and Patpong in Bangkok. These areas are most frequented by ‘Sexpats’ and are probably best avoided if you want to experience the true side of Thailand without the sleaze.
Lastly, you need to always carry your passport with you when in Thailand as it is a legal requirement. Get yourself a waterproof passport case as the country has high humidity and its world-famous Songkran festival. Thai people are among the most genuinely helpful people you could ever hope to meet, and even when they can’t speak English they go out of their way to provide assistance. Your attitude goes a long way in the country and if you have a negative outlook on things then you can expect to receive the same back in return.
Thailand is a truly magical place to visit and will offer up some of the most astonishing scenery, food, and culture anyone could ever hope to experience. Follow the simple tips above to get the most out of your vacation.