Did you know that Thai people have three (heavy) meals a day? That every Thai male is expected to become a monk for a short period in his life? And that the world’s biggest Chinatown is located in Bangkok? These are just some facts that make Thailand an interesting and entertaining destination.
It’s no surprise that Thailand is one of the most visited countries by backpackers and independent travelers. Everything from the stunning beaches on the Southern Islands and beautiful landscapes on the North, to the rich culture found all throughout the country, lures you into experimenting what this country has to offer.
Oh, and let’s not forget the never-ending wild parties. But as in any other city, there are some facts you would like to know before going there to help you understand things, adhere more easily, or just avoid if possible. So, here are the things you need to know before going to Thailand…
1. The Head Is Sacred
The head is considered the most sacred part of the body and the feet the least. Never touch anyone in the head and never point at anything with your feet. Both acts are considered disrespectful.
2. There’s excellent Healthcare
Thailand’s health care system is considered one of the best in the world. Don’t be afraid to use it, if necessary.
3. Having Comfy Sandals Is Convenient
Wearing sandals/flip-flops most of the time is very convenient. You will be taking them off constantly as you visit the temples or sacred places, and as you hop on and off of the long tail boats.
4. WE Use a Different Calendar
The official year in Thailand is 2563 (not 2020). Since several decades, the westerner New Year’s Day is also a public holiday in Thailand. But the popular New Year’s Day for Thai people happens from April 13 to April 15; it is called Songkran.
The reference point is Buddha’s birth 543 before Jesus Christ. Also, if you manage to be there during this time of the year, you will see and participate in the most insane water-fight. Thais celebrate the New Year by shooting water at EVERYONE!!
5. Monks Can’t Beg
Monks are not allowed to beg for money or food. If you see a monk begging, then it’s just someone trying to pass as a monk just to get your money.
6. Wai People
Whenever possible use the Wai – saluting with your hands together and bowing slightly – Thai people appreciate when foreigners show interest in their customs.
7. Bring earplugs
Thailand can be a noisy country, especially Khao San Road in Bangkok. Even though you will inevitably spend some nights partying, there will be other nights where you will just want to have some peace and a good night sleep.
Before booking a hotel/apartment in Bangkok (or anywhere in Thailand), we will help you to arrange your accommodation. Don’t worry!
8. Bangkok’s Real Name is Quite Long
Try spelling this!…
“KrungThepMahaNakhonAmonRattanakosinMahintharaAyutthayaMahadilokPhop NoppharatRatchathaniBuriromUdomRatchaniwetMahasathanAmonPhimanAwatan SathitSakkathattiyaWitsanuKamprasit” Finished!…
That’s the real name of Bangkok. It’s the longest in the world. Phew!
9. Mai pen rai
You will hear this phrase very often while on your travels. It literally translates as “everything is OK” or “don’t worry” and is the go-to saying when something goes wrong. But there is more to it than that. Mai pen rai is a perfect representation of Thailand as whole. Thai people are very easygoing, and they are resilient in the face of adversity. While in the Kingdom, why not try and adopt the mai pen rai attitude yourself?
10. BYOT (Bring your own toilet paper)
While traveling around Thailand, it is always a good idea to keep a small container of tissues or toilet paper with you, just in case. You never know when you will be caught short! Many bathrooms in Thailand have squat toilets and “bum guns” (essentially hoses used in place of toilet paper), which Westerners may not be accustomed to.
Before you going to Thailand, we will arrange the orientation program to prepare you for the cultural differences, so you have the confidence to explore and experience Thailand comfortably. Understanding this at the beginning of your stay will fend off culture shock leaving you the time to fully enjoy your life-changing adventure.
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