We have put this post together with Thailand travel advice that everyone should know.
1. Everything in Thailand is negotiable, well at least everything that isn’t in a retail shop or restaurant. Haggle, even if the sign says no discount.
2. Taxis should use a meter, haggle any fixed priced offer as they are charging you more than a meter would cost anyways.
3. Anywhere a taxi driver or tuk tuk offers to take you should be treated with extreme caution. It’s fair to say that if you haven’t asked to go there it’s a scam and everyone from the person speaking to you, the tuk tuk driver and the guy at the other end are all in on it. If you want a trip go to a travel agent. Also don’t let anyone talk you into just going to “see”, who knows where they may take you.
4. Around tourist sites dodgy people will try to sell you overpriced trips and tell you the place you are going to is closed. This is most probably a lie and you should ask someone official or go anyways to confirm for yourself.
5. Don’t change any money before you go. Money exchange booths are everywhere, however at the airport you should only change what you need to get to your hotel as it’s a worse rate than in the city.
6. The traffic in Bangkok is awful, try to use the MTS or BTS if you can especially during rush hour.
7. Never ever leave your passport with anyone. Passports go for a lot of money on the black market and it wouldn’t be a surprise if it was missing when you returned to collect it.
8. Tuk tuk driver are crazy, use these with caution.
9. In heavy traffic times use the airport rail link rather than the taxi, otherwise you will be sitting in traffic for ages. Don Muang has poor rail links and a taxi is the only viable option.
10. The budget airlines use the older Don Muang airport, while most international flights come into Suvarnabhumi. If you are booking a connecting flight after arriving please factor in the time to transfer to this airport.
11. On the islands you will see loads of stray dogs just running around. Don’t stroke them, they have been known to bite and are better left alone.
12. We read you need to carry your passport with you at all times, but we never did. It’s much safer in the hotel safe. If you like you can carry a photocopy of your passport.
13. Some places require ID to change money, I always used my driving licence which was accepted everywhere.
14. Drug users are dealt with harshly in Thailand, avoid at all costs. We heard from people who had been offered a pull on a joint only for the police or at least someone saying they were the police to pounce on them.
15. People have been known to have their bags snatched by people on motorbikes. Stay alert and keep your bag tight to your body and on the side away from the road.
16. Water in Thailand is cheap just about everywhere 10 baht or so. Make sure you stay hydrated.
17. Thailand is super hot, make sure you wear suncream.
18. In bars and clubs women will challenge you to varies games such as pool, connect 4 etc. If you win they will buy you a drink, if you win you have to buy them one. The odds of you winning are slim to none, these women play these games all day every day and could go pro.
19. Be careful when hiring jetskis or motorbikes, it is not uncommon for you to be asked to pay for damages once you have returned the item, even if you haven’t caused any.
20. Night markets are great places to get buy trinkets, tshirts and knock off electronics for small costs. Remember to haggle and be prepared to walk away for the best deals.
21. Thai food is really cheap and on the road a Pad Thai will cost you around 50-100baht.
We hope that this advice has been useful and wil help you on your trip to Thailand.