Why choose Thailand for your next holiday?
Renowned as the ‘Land of Smiles’, Thailand oozes with rich, multifaceted culture, diverse and lively entertainment as well as large stretches of pristine coastline where sun-lovers can relish all Thailand’s waters have to offer. Whether you’re seeking relaxation or adventure, Thailand is the holiday destination for you. Learn more about it below!
What languages are spoken?
The chief language spoken in Thailand is Thai however alternative dialects are held in different parts of Thailand so it can be tricky understanding Thai speakers from another part of the country. Separate to this, hill tribes and other ethnic groups such as the Chinese villages and sea gypsies have their own languages and generally speak very little Thai. English is the most common second language and is practiced in most schools.
What is the weather like?
There are typically 3 types of climates in Thailand. The warmest time of the year generally runs from March through to June, with temperatures between 33°C and 48°C in the day, and a lower temperature of 27°C at night. The rainy season generally occurs between July through to November with frequent rain showers around 5.00pm. Around this time of year, the temperatures range from 32°C during the day to 16°C at night. The cooler season begins in November and ends in February with temperatures of 32°C during the day and a refreshing 16°C at night (and as low as 12°C in the north). For an up-to-date weather report, go to the Thai met-office website.
Is it safe to drink the water?
Although Thailand’s authorities have made efforts to meet World Health Organisation standards regarding the tab water, most travellers and locals drink bottled water instead. Alternatively, others boil the tap water before use however this will not remove any chemical toxins. It is also advised to be cautious with ice as freezing does not protect you from bacteria, viruses or chemicals. Cafés and restaurants generally have their ice delivered by government-inspected ice factories, so you are relatively safe here. While brushing your teeth with tap water is considered safe, those with very sensitive stomachs may occasionally experience discomfort. In restaurants, the water is generally safe however you should be very careful with street vendors. The biggest risk revolves around the cleanliness of the glasses themselves. It is advised to drink directly from the bottle if you are in any doubt.
What are some Thai culture tips?
Being a non-confrontational society, Thai people are extremely polite and their etiquette is influenced by Buddhism so, if you want to fit into Thai culture, it is advised to display kindness and friendliness. In terms of dress code, the locals tend to dress neatly and conservatively. It is suggested to avoid revealing clothing except when at the beach.
Another important aspect of Thai culture to note is the expected relationship between women and monks. It is a general rule that the women are not permitted to touch monks. If a female is required to hand something to a monk, they must respectively place the item within the monk’s reach. Another rule to be aware of is that all people should remove their shoes before entering houses and temples. Thai people usually greet each other with the ‘Wai’ – where the hands are placed together and raised upwards towards the face while the head is lowered with a slight bow. The higher the hands, the more polite!
Can I vape or smoke e-cigarettes in Thailand?
Electronic cigarettes are illegal in Thailand. The ban has been in place since 2014 and was introduced for health purposes—the government was concerned that the devices were encouraging young people to take up smoking. Travellers are advised to not bring any e-cigarettes or associated paraphernalia with them. Thais and tourists found with electronic cigarettes can face severe fines and jail time.
Do I need a power adapter?
Compatible with devices sold in most countries, electricity in Thailand is 220-volts at 50hz. While some of the most modern accommodation may offer 3-prong power points, most receptacles in Thailand have only 2-prongs. It is advised to take a power adapted on your trip to Thailand.
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