Thailand is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world. Its rich culture, architecture, people and entertainment has been able to grab the attention of tourists, which lure then to the country. Its beauty set aside, you need to know some important things about it before you step into their land. Here are some of them, so that you know what to do and what not to do while your stay.
- Adhere to customs
Thailand is a Buddhist country and hence you’d be visiting many remarkable temples while your stay. Be mindful to always remove your shoes before you enter and dress decently. It is also polite to remove your shoes when entering a Thai home as they value cleanliness. Try to learn a few Thai phrases which means please, thank you etc. and also learn the Thai greeting; the Wai. You simply need to bring your palms together in a praying position and slightly bow your head. This will do wonders at shops, taxi drivers or at the reception when booking a luxury hostel room as you show a sign of respect. Thai people value the body hierarchically, which means the head is the most sacred and feet the lowest. You should never touch anyone’s head and never sit with your feet pointing at someone.
- Take risks with food
You might hear a lot of stories about Thai street food, such that they are made of unclean water, non-fresh ingredients etc. However, you need to remember that Thailand is known for its food and missing out on it can be a great loss. To let your stomach adjust, start with mild foods. Later on you could try the extra spicy ones. You can easily enjoy a fulfilling meal for one or two dollars so don’t just sit in your Bangkok hostel private room. Most vendors may not speak English so simply point at what you want and they will be happy to oblige. Avoid drinking tap water. Check out more by clicking here.
- Respect the Royalty
You need to keep in mind that Thai people adore their King and his family and hence will not tolerate a word against them. As soon as you step down at the airport, you will see posters and hoardings throughout the city of the royal family. If you ever felt like drawing a fake moustache on the King, well think twice. You’d be put in jail immediately. The people take him as a father figure and actually celebrated fathers’ day in his name. The National Anthem is played daily at 8am and 6pm at public places during which you need to stand at attention.