Thailand is a dream location and the ideal starting point for anyone seeking to go on a worldwide travel journey. Beautiful islands with pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, vibrant cities with eye-catching bars and markets, spectacular palaces and temples, and much more can be found in this region.

Known as the “Land of Smiles” due to the friendliness of its locals and abundance of sights and attractions, Thailand has long been a favorite destination for travelers. Check out these first-time travelers’ tips for a stress-free trip before you start your journey in Thailand.

10 Dress Properly, Especially In Temples

Skimpy clothes are frowned upon in Thailand, regardless of whether you are male or female. This is especially true while visiting temples and other places of devotion, as well as when traveling through rural settings. When visiting a temple or a wat (a place of worship), remember to show respect for the tradition by covering the knees and shoulders. An excellent item to have for travelers is a sarong, it is a skirt that they can wrap around their waist and tied across their shoulders, which they will be wearing as a shawl.

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9 Be Ready For Mosquito Bites

Mosquitoes are prevalent across Thailand, particularly during the rainy season. It is recommended for first-time travelers that before boarding their aircraft, make sure that they have a repellent that contains at least 50% DEET in it. With mosquito repellants, they can reduce their chances of being bitten between the hours of dusk and dawn. Mosquito-borne illness is a real concern, so limit exposure. Aside from that, wearing long pants and having some sort of long sleeves can actually keep one cooler than wearing shorts and will also help with protection from the hot sun and bugs throughout the summer months.

8 Pay Attention To Customs About Shoes

When visiting temples, many shops, and private residences, it is mandatory for travelers and even locals to remove their shoes before proceeding. Also, when it comes to footwear, flip-flops are fine in Thailand. Some travelers prefer them. In fact, a decent rule of thumb is that if there is a large number of shoes at the door, it is most likely customary to remove their shoes before entering.

7 Be Aware Of Scammers

There are a lot of scam schemes in Thailand, so travelers are recommended to be attentive and to be aware of their surroundings. One of the examples of scams in Thailand is the pricing of ‘Tuk Tuk,’ a kind of public transportation used in Thailand. When it comes to Tuk-tuks, travelers should be on the lookout for tuk-tuk scams. If a price appears to be too good to be true, it almost certainly is a scam as it means that they'll be escorting travelers to perfume shops, antique dealers, jewelry stores, and any other establishment where they can persuade them to make a purchase. Tuk-tuk drivers are compensated by the stores they visit, thus drivers will take travelers all over the city, except to the location that they initially requested in the first place. Travelers should also be aware of fake Thai baht scams because shopkeepers will tend to claim that a traveler has paid with a false note, and then exchange it for a genuine fake note while checking the original one. This is a prevalent scam that is targeted at foreigners so be careful!

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6 Thinking Of A Souvenir? Just Don’t Purchase Any Buddha Statues

The Buddha images are everywhere in Thailand, and travelers tend to be tempted to carry one home. However, bringing Buddha images or statues out of the nation is banned and considered illegal, so do not try to buy Buddha statues and just stick to buying elephant figurines.

5 Pay In Cash

Thailand is a cash-based society, with the exception of high-end restaurants, shopping malls, and hotels. The use of a credit card to purchase something at the market is a complete waste of time. Numerous local restaurants and attractions, in addition to many smaller accommodation establishments, only take cash as a form of payment. Even some tour operators prefer to accept payments in cash or checks rather than credit or debit cards. The ability to carry a significant amount of cash is important in traveling in Thailand. It's possible to find ATMs in even the most remote locations, but if a traveler is intending on visiting a far-flung location or an island, it's a good idea to stock up on cash before they leave. It's also a good idea to stock up on smaller bills and coins for low-value transactions because tiny retailers and cab drivers rarely carry much change.

4 Reconsider Renting A Scooter

Even while many visitors to Thailand choose to see the country by scooter, this may not be the wisest choice. Look around in places like Pai, Chiang Mai, and the islands, and visitors will almost certainly find people with bandages on their faces or even scrapes on their bodies. This is entirely due to Thailand's roads; having inexperienced motorcyclists in conjunction with Thailand's abysmal road safety record is not a winning combination. Aside from that, unless a traveler has an international motorbike license, insurance is unlikely to be supplied.

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3 Restriction On The Sale Of Alcohol

Alcohol sales are prohibited in Thailand between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and then again between 5:00 p.m. and midnight. Most convenience stores in the country will not allow anyone to purchase beer, wine, or liquor during the limited hours, and most restaurants and bars will also restrict anyone from buying alcoholic beverages.

2 No Patting Of Heads

In Thailand, a person's head is regarded as sacred, therefore even giving someone a pat on the head or stroking their hair could be considered disrespectful to their dignity. It is important to be mindful of these cultural customs, and apologize if a mistake is inadvertently made. People tend to be appreciative of visitors who demonstrate they are trying to be respectful.

1 Know When To Use ‘Wai’

‘Wai’ is a traditional greeting in Thailand where people extend a customary and polite greeting to other people when they lower their heads and hold both their hands in a prayer stance. In fact, when they meet someone, they will always greet the other in this manner, therefore always return the greeting with a smile. Also, remember that it is customary to greet a monk by bowing forward from the waist, head bowed, and hands clasped together.

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