Thailand Travel Tips
An Information Guide on how to pack the right way when Travelling in the Thai Kingdom
Co-produced by : Rebateszone & Luxury Thailand Travel
I have created a Thailand Travel Tips and Tricks Guide specifically to
provide you with some useful travel information as well as some helpful
hints for your safe and secure holiday while travelling around these
seemingly unfamiliar territories. It is always advisable to prepare
yourself for the unexpected when it comes to experiencing a hassle free vacation in Thailand.
Whether you're concerned about the
security regarding past and present crime levels or you need help in respect of the
necessary for both yourself and your belongings. I'll do my best to inform you of some of the most important facts.
Always remember that for the safety and well-being of all holiday makers, special tourist police can be found in all the major hot spots from the big cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai to the resorts of Pattaya and Phuket.
Most can speak English and I believe some European languages too. These tourist police will help you regarding thefts, road accidents and even assist with disputes at hotels, bars and shops. I have not personally used their services so I cannot offer any guarantees, although they are visible all around Thailand.
Crowded Shopping Markets
Thailand Travel Tips - Medical and Health
Apart from the
medical and health services
found in all the main cities, island resorts and beach destinations
around Thailand, many first class hotels and resorts in Bangkok, Phuket
and Chiang Mai have medical doctors on hand for any type of emergencies.
Thailand also has some top hospitals where you can receive the
very latest in plastic and cosmetic surgery with prices that are far
more reasonable than in our own home countries.
To appreciate the level
of expertise here, you only need to see the vast amount of lady-boys who
have gone under the knife in order to change their lives around.
only will you gain a tremendous source of information, but a visit to
one of these hospitals can be a very rewarding experience as well. I
suggest you go and experience this for yourself should you have the
Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok
Thailand Travel Tips - Avoiding Scams
Trying to avoid scams is another very important issue here so please
watch out for the touts at Patpong in Bangkok offering all sorts live
sex shows. These shows are all a load of absolute rubbish offering
everything and nothing and should be avoided at all costs. Don't even
think about it. Not only would you be wasting your money, you'd also be
wasting your valuable time as well. You have my word on this one.
scam is being approached by English speaking, well dressed and overly
friendly Thai men and women trying to offer you some so called good
advice. If you are not acquainted with these people, then it is best to
ignore them and simply move on.
Try to avoid the Tuk-Tuk drivers who love
to over-charge for their services. Also avoid people on trains and
buses offering all kinds of drinks, sweets or fruits that may have been
The magnetic key card hotel
scam is another possible scam that you may be of some interest to you and one which had only recently come to my attention.
Tsunami Hazard Warnings
Thailand Travel Tips - Communication
Another very good tip that got my attention whilst in Taiwan on a
business trip during a previous year, is when leaving your hotel, always
insist on a business card or a small brochure that has the hotel's
address in both Thai and English. Although this does not seem to be the
norm in Thailand, it is nevertheless a worthy suggestion.
may be slightly more difficult in any foreign language should the hotel
be co-owned by nationals from some non English speaking countries.
Nevertheless, you will find this information very useful when returning
to your hotel late at night or the early hours of the next morning.
Just remember that most taxi drivers in Bangkok do not necessarily understand even the basic English let alone know where the lesser known hotels are. Any new hotel and the driver will be clueless.
Most taxi drivers based at the airport have a far better understanding of the English language and are more knowledgeable as to where most hotels are located around the city. This is what they do best all day and night. You will be surprised as to how many other taxi drivers in Bangkok itself have no idea where some hotels are.
I'm fortunate to have a trustworthy English speaking taxi driver friend, Patrick, who collects me from the airport and shows me around the city. You can contact me should you require his services.
Enjoy yourself, but always be cautious and alert at all times.
Pantip Shopping Center in Bangkok
Thailand Travel Tips - Shopping
Believe it or not, there are a number of things you may need to be aware of before you begin your shopping frenzy in Thailand.
Tips for Shopping
include understanding how to conduct yourself when confronted with
unscrupulous persons trying to rip you off with high prices, knowing
what items to purchase, where to find the right stuff, how to recognize
fake merchandise, what type of places to avoid and a whole lot more.
Thailand Travel Tips - Electricity
The electric current
for the whole of Thailand is supplied at 220 volts and is available at
all but the most remote villages and some basic beach huts, where
generators or solar power is used. Dual-prong plugs including the
flat-blade pin plug and the two round pin variety, can be accommodated
in all wall receptacles. All the major hotels in Thailand have 110 volt
outlets in the bathrooms for electric shavers.
Should you be
packing any electrical appliance that uses other types of plugs, it may
be advisable to bring a set of travel-plug adapters with you. However,
you can always purchase these adapters at any number of department
stores or electrical hardware shops.
Security Guard outside Bangkwang Central Prison
Thailand Travel Tips - Illegal Drugs
I have created a section of very important information and travel
tips explaining the legality of illegal hard drugs in Thailand. Due to
the strict nature of the drug laws here which translates into some
extremely harsh penalties, it is advisable to stay as far away from any
form or activity.
The end result could manifest itself into huge and unpleasant consequences and a lengthy jail time with or without a fine. Life in a
Thai Prison cannot be enjoyable to say the least so don't do drugs in Thailand!
important travel tip is to never leave your luggage unattended, especially at the airport. If you need to leave your luggage at the
airport, make sure you lock it away and never leave luggage with
strangers. Also, be very careful with whom you meet up in Thailand. Make sure that you are comfortable travelling with someone you've just met.
Go Go Bar Girls
Thailand Travel Tips - Taboos and Dress Code
Don't forget to read these travel tips and other interesting stuff you need to know about your travel conduct in Thailand such as what to
look out for in go-go bars, understanding the way in which Tuk Tuk
drivers ply their trade as well as some of the cultural taboos you might face in the Kingdom and also the type of dress code you are required to adhere to in
places of worship.
This article I wrote on safe travel for single females is a must for any girl wanting to go it alone in Thailand. And this one is an important article that every male travelling solo in Thailand should also read before embarking on your journey. Here's wishing you all the very best.
Shopping for Bargains in Bangkok
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