Even seasoned travelers get anxious when traveling to a new country for the first time. It’s normal to worry and be conscious about doing something that you believe is normal and acceptable, yet considered offensive by other societies. For instance, it’s a requirement to tip in the U.S., but it’s optional in the U.K.
If you’re traveling to Bangkok for the first time, you should note that even though the majority of Thais are relatively modern and widely accepting of tourists, there are still locals who remain conservative. They also take care of their culture, so you should adjust to their local customs. You should also learn about the city and country, and how traveling is like there.
The best way to familiarize and prepare yourself before your trip to Bangkok is to read up guides and travel tips. Fortunately, you’re currently reading one! Check out these tips and reminders to make sure that you have a fun and safe Bangkok vacation.
1. Market items don’t have price tags.
When you go to markets in Bangkok, expect that the items don’t have price tags. If you’re not careful, you might purchase items for so much than their actual worth. If you want to add some thrill to your shopping experience, try haggling with the vendors to enjoy some good bargains.
2. Fake goods abound.
In any country, you might come across counterfeit products, and Thailand is no exception. Bangkok markets have quite a good collection of authentic-looking goodsbut remain cautious. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is fake. If you notice that a “branded” product is priced too low, then it’s probably a fake as well. If you decide to buy it, then you should buy it at your own risk. Remember, you might be flagged down at the immigration, especially if your country has laws against importing counterfeit items.
3. Transport scams.
Sadly, the topic of scams is associated with Bangkok, but tuk-tuks are known for this. While not all of the tuk-tuk drivers will scam you, there are ‘mafia’ tuk-tuks who will convince to go on a ‘tour.’ Be firm when you say no to such offers and only take tours from licensed travel and tour agencies.
4. Stay hydrated.
The humidity in the city can be extreme and unbearable, especially to those who are used to the Western weather. Make sure you always have water with you to drink. When buying water outside, check if the bottle cap is sealed.
5. Wear comfortable clothes.
Because the weather can get humid, it’s best to wear comfortable and cool clothes. Additionally, make sure that you follow specific dress codes and requirements in attractions and landmarks you visit. For instance, tourists at the Grand Palace are advised not to wear shorts.
6. Plan ahead of time.
Before you even arrive in Bangkok, make sure you have already planned where to go and what to do. Although your plans may change when you’re already in the country, it’s still good to have some guide.
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