For those who are planning to visit Thailand for the first time, to make your trip more enjoyable and fun, here are some things to keep in mind.
1. Prepare your luggage
- Wear lightweight clothing suitable for temperatures of 28 to 33 degrees Celsius, swimwear.
- Bring umbrellas in case of rain.
- When visiting the Royal Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Temple of the Golden Buddha you must wear a suitable outfit, do not wear underarms, do not wear slippers, and do not wear high knee skirt.
- Prepare a lightweight bag to store your passport, cash. Should not leave your valuable items in hotel room in case of theft.
- You are not allowed to smoke and litter in public areas where there is a signboard.
3. When shopping:
- You should make bargain at shops and market. If a salesman wear an employee badge, that place cannot be bargained.
- Goods to buy in Bangkok: household appliances. Do not buy electronics because it is expensive.
- Most of shops and supermarkets in Thailand are only open from 10 to 10:30 am (some open from 9.30am).
- Shopping in Thailand is very interesting however you should go to shop around to compare prices - especially, when buying gems and jewelries. Wherever there is a price listing, you should make a bargain. You can get the price 10-40% lower than the original offer.
Check receipt carefully before leaving the store. Prestigious stores will write an agreement to return the money for any items paid within 90 days. If any place refuses this, then you should buy elsewhere.
Thai people appreciate politeness and humor. With patience and an friendly smile, you can buy cheap goods. Thai salesmen speak good English. The atmosphere here is open, there is no pressure, drag, competition for customers. You are free to pay the price and choose until satisfied.
4. Do and don’t in Thailand
- Wear appropriate clothes (don’t wear short, tank top) when visiting temples, don’t climb the Buddha to take pictures.
- The King and the Queen are respected by the Thai people, so you absolutely avoid offending them.
- Always respect older people. When bargaining with a sales woman, when bargaining with a tuktuk driver, you need to be polite and always smiling, this not only helps you create the friendliness but also indirect help you negotiate successfully.
- Leave shoes outside when entering a Thai home. It is best to see if they have slippers.
- Be patient, waiting for a transaction at the post office or bank. It's best to relax and give yourself comfort.
- Do not use your feet to point people or things: This is considered rude because in Thai culture, the legs are the worst part of the human body (you can see many hotels in Thailand, there are no slippers in the room for visitors). When sitting, never place your feet onwards the Buddha statue.
- Do not touch the child's head in any case.
- Do not kiss or hug in public places.
- Never speak loud in public even when you are in anger.
- Never intentionally "flirting" a Thai woman: in Thailand, only 1% of Thai women work in the sex industry and 99% of them work in other fields so "flirting" a Thai woman can bring you unwanted problems.
- Do not accept suggestions from strangers: they may take you to places to eat, stay, shop ... Of course it will benefit them.
- Never buy gems, antiques on the street: if you want to buy you should buy it in the big stores.
- Never call the waiter by using your fingers to point your finger upwards. This is very rude (it's like using "middle finger" in Western countries).