Though Thailand is one of the sacred Buddhist countries in the world, all types of people come here from all parts of the globe. Find the rules that you must follow to enjoy a peaceful vacation.
Thai people are descent, so flashing your private parts is not taken in a good way. You can wear beachwear in beaches, but take extra clothes with you if you are planning to go other places after that. Wearing skirts and sleeveless tops is prohibited in sacred places. Large temples offer sarong or pants to cover your body before entering the temple but small temples may not have such facilities. So it is advisable to carry extra clothes with you.
In Buddhism, body is a manifestation of spirit. So head is considered as highest and gradually, feet are the lowest. Do not touch someone’s head whose age is more than 10 years. Do not point or touch anything sacred by your feet. Remove shoes before entering to office, houses and especially sacred places.
Do not climb on Buddha statues or sit in front of Buddha images keeping your toes pointed towards Him.
Monks don’t accept or touch gifts from women. They are not supposed to shake hands with anyone both inside and outside of the temple. Respect their rules and regulation.
You are going to find prostitutes everywhere but it is an illegal tread in Thailand. Stay away from it if you don’t want to get involved with police and health issues.
There are too many temples to see in Thailand. But after sometimes you will get bored. So it is advisable to visit only famous ones like Wat Pho and Wat Phra Kaeo in Bangkok, and Wat Phra Si Sanphet in Ayutthaya.
The food here is cheap but not made with cleanliness, thus it can lead to food poisoning. Always eat from popular places. Drink packaged mineral water only.
Take precaution from mosquitoes by carrying mosquito repellant cream wherever you go.
Beer is widely popular alcoholic drink here. You can drink local Singha for experience. You have to be atleast 20 years old for buying alcohol although only nightclubs ask for ID proof. Drink wine when you get back home because wine is expensive in Thailand for taxes.
You can get lots of cheap hotels to stay in main towns. Prefer air conditioned hotel for hot months.
Carry baht with you because only some luxury hotels accept dollar and foreign credit cards.
Thailand is called “The Land of Smiles”, so don’t forget to smile when you are in Thailand.