Life in Thailand

With the recent events giving Thailand a dangerous image, like scams of taxi drivers and corrupt police. Thailand sometimes seems to have a bad reputation. Despite this, Thailand is viewed as a top vacation destination for tourists from around the world.

Thailand is truly one of the most beautiful destinations in the world and a must-visit for all aspiring travelers. But like any country, it is not without its shaded corners. But as long as you know what to do, and more importantly, what not to do, I guarantee you will enjoy it to the fullest. So here are some tips and suggestions for getting the most out of your trip.

1. Places for backpackers

Khao San Road is Bangkok’s number one tourist destination. It is a petri dish of cheap bars, dirty homes, and travelers wearing harem pants. It is safe and inexpensive, but many heads for this busy street and don’t see much of the rest of the city.

Sukhumvit and Siam Square are popular and practical alternatives. You can also take a look at the Phra Khanong district which is popular for its nightlife or the original backpacker center of Soi Ngam Dupli or even better; get started on Airbnb or Couchsurfing. Also, spend a few days seeing a very different side of the city. Ari, a hipster cafe district, is a bit more expensive but there are good AirBnB choices here. Bangkok also has some of the best deals in the world on 5-star hotels, so if you want to splurge, this is the place to do it cheaply!

2. Taking a taxi

You should avoid negotiating a package with a taxi driver. It’s a surefire way to get an inflated price. Instead, you should insist on using the meter – it is illegal for taxi drivers to refuse. You can also walk to the main street and get an Uber or Grab-Taxi.

They are available in Thailand so you can hail them without the fear of being scammed, but you’ll need to have data on your phone to use these services. If you want to hire a taxi for the day, you can negotiate a price in advance with the driver. You can also charter a private car for the day, which can be found for less than 2000 THB.

3. Thai entertainment

You should avoid Ping pong shows. It is a certain type of infamous sex show in some parts of Bangkok, Phuket, and Pattaya. The biggest danger to watch out for is getting ripped off from a bar floor. Also you may not be able to leave until you have paid a large sum of money, especially in the Patpong area. Some of the bars in Soi Cowboy offer a milder version of the show as long as you buy food and drinks, but there can be long wait times between acts.

You can also watch one of the many impressive shows in Thailand with talented artists. Whether it’s a cultural show in Phuket, a Muay Thai fight in Bangkok or a cabaret show in Pattaya. There are tours that are available if you want to experience local places in Thailand. This hangover tour takes you to some of the lousiest places in Bangkok, where you will transit in the safety of a knowledgeable local guide and other intrigued travelers.

4. Shopping in the markets

You should avoid making weak negotiations. It can be offensive. Instead, you should decide on how much you would pay for the product you want to buy before you start negotiating.

If the trader tells you a certain price for a product, you should start negotiating at around 50% of the price. You should also tips if possible, but you should check for nonchalant behavior before you tip.

5. Tours and visits

You should avoid Touts who will feed you with false information on tourist destinations. A common scam in Bangkok is to tell you that popular tourist sites like the Grand Palace or Wat Pho have been closed and offer you a tuk-tuk tour. You should not believe them. You should make more inquires for tourist spots Bangkok or other several tourist alternative options available in the Kingdom of Thailand.