Love Some Tea founders Rob and Scott are Thailand travel veterans. Rob lives in Chiang Mai and Scott lived there for 2 years. Both have traveled extensively around Thailand and this Blog will be a travel guide for those wanting to visit the Country of Smiles.
I’ll start off by telling people to be prepared to meet some of the friendliest people in the world. The Thai people are wonderful. They will do all they can to help you on your travels, from giving directions, to inviting you to eat and drink with them. They call Thailand the land of smiles for a reason.
Here are some initial tips:
- Don’t bring a Thai/English dictionary with you. Unless you have studied Thai you will not be able to just translate it. Thai is a language based on tonal speaking, just saying the words phonetically is not going to work. Leave the dictionary at home and if you are so inclined let Thai people help you speak.
- Get ready for it to be hot, and then hotter. Depending on what time of the year you travel, you will see temperatures from 90 to over 100 degrees. The hottest months are March – May. June – September is monsoon time, so you’ll see lots of rain (everyday). It’ll also be humid. October – February is high season, the temperatures are cooler (especially in Northern Thailand). Make sure you drink and always have water with you.
- Eat from street vendors. It’s some of the most delicious food in Thailand and it’s safe. Thai people are known for being very clean and tidy. Also, don’t worry about Thai people serving you water that isn’t safe. They know you are not native and they know to give you bottled water. Oh by the way, ice is fine too.
- Tuk-Tuk’s can be fun but be careful. Nothing dangerous but especially in Bangkok Tuk-Tuk drivers will try to take you to stores they have relationships with, so if you don’t want to do that insist (nicely) that you want to go to your destination. If they refuse, politely decline and find a taxi.
- Remember when at a Buddhist temple to take off your shoes when entering the main temple. Never sit with your legs out in front, because the feet are the lowest point of the body and this is considered very disrespectful. Sit with your legs behind you or squat on your knees.
- It is considered very disrespectful to walk around without a shirt on unless you are at the beach. This is totally unacceptable in cities and town. Most Thai people would not say anything but don’t do it. Also, public displays of affection are also not welcomed.
Bangkok – wonderful city to explore. See the temples, go to Wat Run in the center of town. The floating market is fun, and in fact take a boat ride for a few hours. Go to the weekend market, which you could never fully explore in a weekend, but it’s a great place to shop. Too many restaurants and hotels to mention, but if you send me a note (firstname.lastname@example.org) I’d be happy to help.