Things to Avoid in Thailand

Thailand is for sure one of the most visited travel destinations of the world, and that too for a reason. Picturesque mountains, lovely beaches, temples, and massages- all these contribute to the growth of Thailand Tourism. Its visa on arrival policy has made it even more famous among Indians. However, there are certain things that you need to avoid to stay away from any sort of fuss, especially if you’re traveling there for the first time.

Here’s a list of things you need to avoid while in Thailand:

  1. Avoid going into spas without doing some research:

Even though massages are quite affordable in Thailand, there are many spas that run illegal activities. So, before heading for a massage, gather enough information about the related Spa beforehand.

  1. Stay away from Seedy Areas:

Avoid going to seedy areas, especially at night, to prevent any sort of fuss. Muggings are very common in such areas.

  1. Pick your Accommodation wisely:

Don’t take any risk while looking for accommodation. Hotels in Thailand can be very cheap and the offer might look very attractive, but it is better to stick with regular hotels like Mariott, Radisson, Holiday Inns in order to stay safe.

  1. Avoid taxis:

Taxis in Thailand often take a much longer route to overcharge you, and bargaining won’t help. So, it is better to book an UBER or use Public transport such as subway for your commute.

  1. Sightseeing Scam:

This is pretty common in Thailand. While you’re happily moving towards your destination for the day, someone will come up to you, ask you about where you’re headed and will tell you that it has been closed. It is like saying that the Eiffel Tower has been removed. This is just a scam so that you’ll follow whatever they suggest and overcharge you.

  1. Don’t speak ill of the King:

Never speak anything against the king or any member of the Royal family. You might end up in prison for that.

  1. Don’t be a part of Animal Cruelty:

Avoid shows that employ animals. They are most likely not treated well and are used to exploit money from animal lovers. Thailand Tourism is against such acts and is continuously working in this direction.

  1. Dress Properly while visiting temples:

Men or women, avoid wearing sleeveless and short clothes while visiting temples. It is frowned upon, so prefer wearing more formal clothes while visiting religious places.

  1. Don’t buy things with Buddha’s face on it

You need an export permit to take things with Buddha’s face on it. Obtaining this permit is a long process, and will cost you a lot.