Traveling to Bangkok
Bangkok is the most visited city in the world with approximately 20 million visitors per year the city is home to one of the most unique and explosive street food scenes in Southeast Asia and the people are funny friendly and welcoming to tourists sometimes a little bit too much so that being said there are a surprising number of laws but you need to know before visiting Bangkok
Don’t Hug Monks
Number 1 Don’t Hug Monks Because monks are held in such high regard and Thai culture is forbidden in society to be positioned higher than a monk in addition this monks aren’t even allowed to hand anything to women or even touch them if a monk needs to hand something to a woman he’ll set it down for her to pick up herself and on buses monks aren’t allowed to sit directly next to a woman and they’ll stand up and move if one does how crazy is that swab.
Don’t Step On Thai Currency
Number two Don’t Step On Thai Currency because Thailand is a monarchy is the legal of step on any Thai currency whether it’s a coin or a note because it carries an image of the king and it’s seen as incredibly rude and disrespectful.
The Durian Fruit
On number three the thing is not do in Thailand is looks funny but in Thailand it is illegal to use the durian fruit as a weapon and the fine will be determined by how many of the fruits thorns strike the victim.
Don’t Use Tuk-Tuks
On number four don’t use tuk-tuks and this isn’t something that you have to avoid while in Bangkok but chances are if you try and use a tuk-tuk you’ll end up getting ripped off because there are a number of scams you can be involved with usually what will happen is we’ll get in a tuk-tuk and you’ll say something like the grand palace which is a popular destination and the driver will respond by saying that it’s closed under renovation or they’re not allowing tourists which is totally untrue then offer a secondary location to take you to and which he gets a cut for bringing you there and or for anything that you buy so you can take a tuk-tuk but it could get you into some trouble.
Don’t Whistle At Night
Number five don’t whistle at night there are alot of superstitions in Thai culture and while whistling is something you do in America when you’re bored whistling in Thailand is said to summon demons and spirits so if you’re out in Bangkok casually whistling as you walk down the street you’re gonna get some weird looks
Don’t Disrespect the Buddha
Number six don’t disrespect the Buddha because Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country buying or using the Buddhist symbol as merchandise decoration tattoo or owning a Buddha head is strictly forbidden and you’ll see a similar sign of this at the airport on arrival do you mind taking pictures is okay but I would hold off on anything beyond that.
Avoid Patpong Patpong
number seven avoid Patpong Patpong is one of Bangkok’s infamous red-light districts and it Santori us for ripping people off I think it’s interesting to walk at least one of these areas just to get a feel for what that side of the city is like but coming to this shady area of this city means you’ll be constantly accosted by waitresses and working girls who line the sides of the street waiting for tourists.
Don’t Shake Hands
number eight don’t shake hands Thai people are very respectful about other people’s personal space and rather than shaking hands the way to greet someone is to place both of your palms flat together against your chest and bow slightly this is called why it is important not to bout a children or a person of lower status however this is considered embarrassing to them
Don’t Be Afraid To Challenge Prices
Number nine don’t be afraid to challenge prices when you’re dealing with small shops and street stalls. You’re gonna have to look out for the dual price system that’s where they have one price for foreigners in one price for local Thai. Usually, it’s about double for foreigners the easiest way to find this out is to go to a couple different stalls and ask what the same product to see if there’s any difference in price. The other way and this is a must of you’re in Asia is to learn how to haggle usually you’ll start at about 50% of what he quotes you and then you and him will negotiate to about halfway in between that.
Always Carry your Identification
Number 10 always carry identification now this is a very rare occurrence so I don’t want to make this seem like it happens all the time. But I have had people tell me that they’ve been stopped by Thai police who have demanded to see their passports and if they don’t have them then they charge them a fine. These are typically corrupt police who are just looking for some extra money even though this probably won’t happen to you the best way to avoid this. Always bring a photocopy of your passport with you I wouldn’t advocate bringing your actual passport in case of pickpockets. it’s definitely up to something that’s the face of someone with a plan.