Happy Monday! This chilly fall weather we’ve had lately (and it is only going to get so much worse!) has me thinking about being in Thailand! Mark and I went to SE Asia to visit my friend Kim for a couple of weeks this past March, it was a trip to remember. While reflecting on the experience, I have come up with a quick list of Thailand Do’s and Don’ts based on some lessons we learned while we were there.
- Don’t eat vendor food that has been sitting out in the sun for a while. This includes food from any boat cruise or long tail boats.
- Don’t drink anything with ice, as ice could be made from contaminated water.
- Don’t touch anything with your feet or point anything with your feet (note that this was not a lesson learned).
- Don’t touch a Thai person’s head (this also was not a lesson learned).
- Don’t feed monkeys, even if they are cute.
- Drink water throughout the day and stay hydrated- the sun is intense in SE Asia!
- Regularly apply sunblock.
- Do keep calm, enjoy yourself, and smile a lot.
- Do bring maps wherever you go, but maps may confuse you more.
View of Bangkok from Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn
- Do dress appropriately when visiting temples- this includes wearing shawls (for the ladies), and in some cases, long sleeves. Long skirts or pants are a must too.
- Do respect all Buddha images.
Wat Pho temple, Bangkok
- Do come prepared with medications from home, even over the counter drugs. Items like Pepto-Bismol are harder to come by in Asia.
We loved our time in Thailand and hope to visit again one day!