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Thailand Holiday Tips

thailand holiday tips
    • You can buy alcohol from a 7/11 and then drink it on the street on your walk.
    • Most of Thailand has open sewerage throughout the streets which can send of a bad smell
    • Thai food can be spicy so if you cannot eat spicy food ask for no chilli
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    • Vaccinations you could get before travelling to Thailand are; a flu shot, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B
    • If you use you Mobile phone with your countries sim card you will be hit with a very large bill when you get home. Do yourself a favour and purchase a Local pre paid sim card. It will cost you next to nothing to use in Thailand and when calling back home you will still get good rates.  1 2 Call (AIS) and True Move are recommended Carriers
    • Drink prices will vary from bar to bar. You will pay about 30B for a beer in a 7/11, but may pay 200B for a beer at a Go-Go bar.
    • Markets sell mainly copies of the real brand. Some of these copies are so good you may never tell it is a fake. This also goes for Mobile Phone sales, If you plan on buying a Mobile Phone by it for a larger retail store.
    • Taximeter taxis and the cheapest way to get around. Make sure you demand they meter is used.
    • You can hire Cars, Scooters and Motorcycles in most areas. Most people will ride on a 125cc Scooter which you would be expected to buy 200 – 300B per day. Make sure you take photos of any damage and wear the Helmet provided.
    • 1 in 3 people who travel to Thailand will suffer from diarrhoea when in Thailand. It is recommended you have a packet of Gastro-Stop or Imodium tablets with you.
    • In my experience the best way to exchange money to Thai Baht is at your destination. I personally will take Australian cash
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      with me and leave it in my room safe, changing it when required. If you exchange the money before you leave you will find you will be given very low exchange rates. When you receive you Baht make sure you count it in front of the person who gave it to you. It is also recommended that you do not change your money at the Thailand airports as you will also be given lower rates.
    • If using an ATM in Thailand try to use a card that is a Visa or MasterCard. This way you will not be changed an international exchange fee. Beware that ATMs do not give the best exchange rates either. When using an ATM you will be charged a fee or 150B to use the ATM.
    • For the best Exchange rates go to a Superrich Money exchange. These can be found in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
    • If you like your seafood you can get very fresh seafood on a daily basis, The prices are cheaper then you can buy it for in Australia but not by much.
    • If you get sick in Thailand make your way to a Chemist and tell them what is happening. In Thailand you do not need a script from a doctor, you can get almost everything over the counter..
    • SeafoodThailand is becoming more and more popular for Plastic Surgery and Dental work. There are many places you can go to get these services done but be sure to do your research before you go as there are a lot of unqualified people operating from their homes or in a false business. The prices you will pay for these treatments/surgeries are very cheap and you will get top service.
    • In Patong if you use a Tuk Tuk let it be known that a trip anywhere in Patong to Patong will cost you 200B no matter if it’s a 20 second trip or a 20 minute trip in traffic. If you want to go further you will be expected to pay more.
    • Driving a car in Thailand is not recommended unless you have experienced the traffic and way of driving in Thailand. Hiring a scooter is very common amongst Tourists, but please be careful and do so at your own risk.
    • Bangkok does have Toll roads. If you use a Taxi to get from the Airport to your destination and use a Toll road you will be responsible for paying the Tolls. This is not included on the meter
      Bangkok Traffic
    • In Bangkok there is traffic on the roads for most of the day. If you are in the city and need to be transported around it is recommended you use the BTS. Most times walking is quicker then getting in a Tuk Tuk or a Taxi.
    • Crossing the road – If you are crossing the road, or at a pedestrian crossing beware vehicles will not give way to you. You will have to wait until the path is clear to cross.
    • Vehicle can turn left on a red light.
      Thailand Police
    • Tuk Tuk drivers or random Thai people on the streets will be trying to get you to buy drugs from them. Let in by known that there are very very harsh penalties for drug charges in Thailand, including the death penalty. These people trying to sell you drugs are most likely connected with the police. Once they have sold you the drugs they will contact the police to arrests you. In return the police will pay them for there help.
    • Police can be bribed for most things, but some police will take advantage of that. I had a friend who was pulled over for riding a Scooter without and Helmet and was told he had to pay a fine. The policeman quietly said you pay me 1000B and you will not be fined. Later on that day he found out the fine for no Helmet is only 300B HaHa.
    • If by some chance you get yourself into trouble in Thailand give the Tourist Police a call on 1155.
    • Tipping is not a must but welcomed by all. Personally I will only tip if I have had a good experience.
    • Smoking is permitted in restaurants, Bars and Nightclubs throughout Thailand
    • When using a Toilet be expected to pay for it. 2 -10B depending on where, often Toilet paper is extra.
    • It is highly recommended that you purchase Travel Insurance for your Thailand Holiday. Make sure you read the fine print for details. A common rule is that if you ride a vehicle in overseas you must be licensed to drive that vehicle and must hold an International Drivers Permit. Also some Travel insurance company’s will all cover medical expenses if you have a motor vehicle accident, but not covering the cost of the vehicle. Try World Nomads Travel Insurance
    • An International Drivers Permit for Australians can be purchased at all RACV, RACQ, NRMA etc shops.
    • If visiting a Zoo but warned that the animals are not housed as well as they might be in the Western world. If you are a strong animal lover it is recommended you do visit a zoo and it might be upsetting.


Power Adapters in Thailand


In Thailand you will surely be using the power points to charge your Smart Phones, Computer, power your hair dryers and what not, so you will need a couple power point adapters. In Thailand you can use either the European Adapter of the Japan Adapter. The standard voltage throughout Thailand power points is 220 volts. This works well with all Australian items I have used but will require a voltage adapter for US items that require 110 volts.  Some of the Thailand power points will not have an earth plug so it is best to buy the adapters without an Earth plug. As you can see in the image below the Thai power point allows you to fit the 2 different types of adapters.