Thailand has long been one of the most popular countries for travellers to flock to with its luxurious beaches, rich culture and pleasant climate. However, there are a few things you need to be aware of to ensure a safe vacation in Thailand. Here are some tips that will keep you safe while you have some of the best Thai adventures of your life.
Beware Of Money Traps
Unfortunately in Thailand when you are travelling around, it is very easy to lose money. Whether it be through theft or sneaky vendors charging more than they should, you need to be careful wherever you are so that you’re not taken advantage of as a tourist. Another thing you need to watch out for is the transport you use around the country – especially taxis. This guide highlights how you should always choose another taxi if the one you’re in has a ‘broken’ meter or a set price, as these are usually excuses for the driver to rip you off.
Eat Street Food From The Right Stalls
Thailand is known for its street food. From fried prawns to chicken satays and mutton balls, you will find every kind of meat on the streets that you won’t be able to resist. So it is very important for you to eat from the right places. Look out for the stalls with the bigger crowds – they’re most likely the ones you can trust to give you good food. Also, you should always opt for freshly prepared dishes instead of pre-made, as this will ensure its edibility and give you the satisfaction of knowing you’re eating a fresh Thai snack.
Keep A Tab On Your Drinks
One of the biggest problems tourists face when adventuring in Thailand is the vulnerability of being drunk. It’s unfortunate, but there is potential for you to be at risk when intoxicated in some areas of Thailand, whether it be a major city or somewhere more low-key.
Runaway Brit suggests some helpful tips after an unnerving experience during her travels – walking on a deserted beach at night is not a good idea even when sober, so don’t be allured when vulnerable. Try and stick to big groups – make friends if travelling solo or in a pair – and avoid confrontation with any locals on a night out.
Stay Vigilant And Sensible At The Full Moon Party
If you’re heading to Thailand at the right time, you’ll likely be attending the Full Moon Party. The celebration happens every full moon on the island of Koh Phangan where revellers flock to the sandy beaches to drink, dance and watch entertainment such as fire dancers.
With that being said, you’ll need to keep your wits about you. Nomadic Matt says how each event can be described as a giant festival-like party, explaining that opportunists in the form of both locals and tourists will be on the lookout to steal and take advantage of you. Make sure you’re not too intoxicated to function and keep yourself and your belongings protected at all times to ensure a fun-filled night.
Don’t Get Too Excited Enrolling Yourself For Adventure Sports
It’s inevitable that you’ll be drawn to taking part in some form of activity during your Thai travels. Whether it be a simple hike or something as extreme as white-water rafting, make sure you’re doing it in an area that is safe, with a guide alongside you if possible. These activities are usually led by tour guides who should be certified with proof to show you. If you do not trust the leader during your excursion, don’t be afraid to drop out. You’re better safe than sorry, and too often do tourists find themselves hurt and sometimes even killed after taking part in an unsafe and unregulated activity.