THAILAND | A GUIDE FOR KRABI & PHUKET

December 1, 2017

NEED-TO-KNOWS BEFORE YOU GO

  • LANGUAGE : Thai
  • CURRENCY : Baht
  • SAYING HELLO IF YOU ARE A  GUY : “SAH – WAH – DEE – KHRAP” (with a short, sharp finish)
  • SAYING HELLO IF YOU ARE A GIRL : “SAH – WAH – DEE – KHAAA” (drawn out at the end)
  • THANK YOU : “KHAP – KHUN – KHRAP” (for guys) “KHAP – KHUN – KHAAA” (for girls)
  • OFFICIALLY THE KINGDOM OF THAILAND

 

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  • MUST EAT : Phad Thai, Green Curry and Khao Son (if you are in Northern Thailand especially in Chiang Mai), Massaman Curry, Tom Yum Soup (if you like seafood)
  • MUST SEE : Phi Phi Islands, Phra Nang Beach, Railay Beach, Maya Bay (location for the movie The Beach with Leo DiCaprio)..
  • MUST DO : Try and get to the secret Freedom Beach.

 

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  • EVERYTHING is negotiable. People will try and play on your emotions though. Try not too fall for it. Unless you are feeling especially generous.
  • WHEN TO VISIT : Tourist season is from November – February. Hot and dry. Monsoon season is from May-October.
  • AVERAGE TEMPERATURE : High : 30°C  Low : 23°C
  • TOILET ETIQUETTE : Most toilets and their pipes in Thailand cannot handle toilet paper. Restaurants and public toilets all have signs pleading you throw it in the bins provided. Gross I know.

 

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A sign inside a public toilet in a restaurant.

 

  • BE NICE : Thai people are some of the friendliest, happiest, easy-to-bargain-with people I’ve ever met. If you are rude to them or ignore them, you won’t get very far.
  • THAILAND DOES NOT HAVE A WINTER!
  • MASSAGE : You will hear ladies saying this word at least 100 times a day. There are literally massage parlors EVERY 10 steps you take. Most of them are pretty good and pretty cheap. You will feel awkward the first time, but give it a go. It’s awesome and a big part of the whole Thailand experience.

 

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  • PLAN AHEAD : You WILL want to buy lots of stuff and you WILL have luggage space problems.
  • UNETHICAL ANIMAL TOURISM – RIDING ELEPHANTS IS A NO FROM ME. Tourist elephant centers do not treat these elephants in a humane way and I do not support this practice at all. It is your decision however. Do your proper research before ignorantly indulging in such activities. Same goes for the tigers and any other exotic animal. There is a dark side to animal tourism in Thailand. Travelers usually have no idea that these wild animals have been abused, drugged, chained, beaten or underfed.
  • BRING LOTS AND LOTS OF SUNSCREEN FROM HOME. You will need it and it’s cheaper to bring from home. DO NOT underestimate the Thailand sun.

 

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  • DRINK LOCAL. Not just all the western stuff you’re used to.
  • TOO MUCH CLEAVAGE. Ladies, showing too much cleavage is considered impolite in this culture. Do not sunbathe nude. Also, walking around barefoot when not on the beach is actually considered rude.
  • TIPPING : A small tip is appreciated in restaurants where waiters serve you. 5-10% is fine.
  • VISITING TEMPLES AND SHRINES : Girls won’t be allowed in with shorts or short dresses and skirts. You will be asked to wrap a towel around your waist or they will give you a scarf-like/wrap thing to cover yourself up before entering. NO SHOES allowed either.

 

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I was wearing a mini dress and had to cover up my legs with this towel and remove my shoes before entering a temple.

 

  • MONKS : Monks are highly respected. Keep your head down when passing them.
  • DRINKING ALCOHOL : Awesome fact : It is legal to drink alcohol in most public places in Thailand. There are some restrictions though. Look out for them.
  • CASH IS KING : Thailand is a cash based society so credit cards are rarely used.
  • TRANSPORT : Taxis, Tuk-Tuks and scooters/motorbikes are the best and cheapest and mostly negotiable forms of transport. The rumors are true though, driving and walking around in Thailand is crazy!!!  BE CAREFUL.
  • THAILAND IS PRETTY SAFE – aside from the occasional petty crime such as pickpocketing, violent crimes and break-ins are rarely heard of. Beware of money scammers though.

 

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This is my little guide of tips and need – to – knows before you visit Thailand for the first time. Hope you find it useful! For more detailed pics and info on my adventures check out this post THAILAND | PHUKET AND KRABI 

 

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HAVE A GREAT TRIP!

BEAUDINE XO

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