One of the best things about visiting Thailand is learning about an entirely new culture, but with that comes a different set of rules and customs. Here are 6 things to avoid if you want your Thailand trip to run smoothly!
Drink Tap Water
In Thailand, the tap water isn’t safe to drink so make sure you bring a reusable bottle and fill up on filtered water whenever you can. Most tourists don’t even use the taps to brush their teeth and it’s worth asking for your drinks without ice in case the bar uses tap water for their ice cubes.
Ride an Elephant
The elephant riding industry in Thailand is massive and most tourists have a ride on these magnificent beasts near the top of their bucket list, but at what cost? Both the training and the riding are massively damaging to the animals and tourists should avoid anything that damages these animals. There are alternatives to riding with several sanctuaries offering opportunities to get up close and personal to the elephants. However, it’s worth doing your research to make sure the organisation you choose to support is as ethical as it claims.
Stroke a Tiger
Similarly to elephants, there are many places across Thailand that offer tourists the opportunity to take pictures with and touch tigers. The animals are kept in tiny cages and sedated to make it safe for humans to be near them. Because of the nature of the animal, there are no ethical ways for tourists to be near tigers so it is worth boycotting anywhere that exploits these beautiful creatures.
Hire a Scooter
You wouldn’t drive a car without a license so why would you drive a scooter? Add to that crazy roads, poor health and safety and a high chance your insurance won’t cover driving without a license and you have a recipe for disaster. We’ve all seen the horror stories so it’s just best to avoid mopeds all together.
Touch a Monk
Monks are considered to be some of the most well-respected members of society and must be treated as such at all times. Women especially should not touch monks, hand them things directly or even sit next to them on public transport.
Get in a Tuk Tuk Without Haggling a Fare
Taxi and Tuk Tuk scams are fairly popular in Thailand and tourists will always be targeted. Be sure to haggle the original price and walk away if you think you’re being ripped off. If it seems like too much it probably is! Also, use the meter when getting in a taxi rather than paying a set fare!
So there you have it! Avoid these no-nos and you’re well on your way to having the trip of a lifetime in the Land of Smiles!
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