Top Thailand Tips

Sorry this is so long, and crappy looking (I’m not a professional blogger), but if you watch this whole thing you will save TIME AND MONEY while in Thailand/Bangkok. It’s so long cause I give my take on things and…

Top Thailand Tips

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Sorry this is so long, and crappy looking (I’m not a professional blogger), but if you watch this whole thing you will save TIME AND MONEY while in Thailand/Bangkok.

It’s so long cause I give my take on things and discuss some of the cultural aspects of Thai people and what that means to you as a foreigner or “farung” as they call us.

Here’s a summary of the 8 tips:

1. Get a Thai SIM card for great internet on your phone: AIS or TRUE are the main service providers. Can get at the airport or any of the tons of malls in Bangkok.

2. Anti-Bacterial Wipes AND Napkins: Must have since many places don’t provide napkins and some bathrooms don’t have soap and EVEN TOILET PAPER! Eat that street food but provide your own napkins.

3. TAXIS AND TUK TUKS: Bangkok taxis will try to rip you off by not starting their meter and just quoting you a price. Usually 2-3x times the meter amount. 15-20 mins ride should be 100-150 baht NOT 300-500. Tuk Tuks are always negotiated since they cater to tourists. Tuk Tuks should have the same rate as taxis, but they often quote you astronomical prices because frankly people will still pay them. You must must negotiate with Tuk Tuks. Tip taxis and Tuks like 10 baht each ride. UPDATE: WHOOPS I say “Bit Meter” to mean open meter it’s actually “Burt or Birt Meter” dai mai? The pronunciation is somewhere in between the name Burt and the word Birt. Think of saying Birt like Dirt. Dai mai means “can you?”

4. BRING CASH: High atm fees (220 baht), most places don’t take card or have credit card fee or high amount required to swipe. Good exchange rates throughout kiosks in city. Right now it’s about 30 baht to the dollar. Expect to get 29.3-30 for the dollar at exchange kiosks.

5. GETTING HUSTLED: Some places you can negotiate (outside vendors selling clothes and trinkets) other places you cannot (restaurant, anything food usually, at malls). Tourist areas are prime for ripping off people like Khao San Road or near the Grand Palace or red light districts.

6. LOCAL FLYING OPTIONS: Check out Nok Air, Air Asia, Lion, Vietjet Air. Tell them Brian sent you. Can book last min cheap!

7. LEARN BASIC THAI PRHASES AND THE WAI: Hello: Sawadee Cup or Ka, Thank you: Cup koon cup or ka, Peng: Expensive, Put angkrit mai?: Can you speak English?, Tao-Rai?: How much? Press your hands together in front of you and bow slightly is what the WAI is. Usage is to be polite when greeting elders and important people or close family and friends.

8. RESPECT THE KING, BUDDHISM AND THAI CULTURE: Illegal to talk bad about the King. Thailand is 95% buddhist and they take it very seriously. Do not touch the buddha statutes. Show deference to the monks walking around. Don’t touch people’s heads. Don’t put feet on stuff. There are some observable quirks to Thai culture, but better not to discuss while here. Just let it be.

Follow me on instagram @soonalot to see me blogging about my Thai experience. 1 week in out of 5 weeks! Went to Elephant Refuge today in Chiang Mai! Awesome vids!

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