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Top Thailand tips for first-timers

Top Thailand tips for first-timers

Thailand as a holiday destination has long been a firm favourite for South Africans of all ages, with its popularity having increased significantly over the past few years. There are many reasons that contribute to Thailand’s appeal: the beaches, the nightlife, and the affordability aspect, to name but a few. I recently chatted to Miriam Schreiner, store manager at STA Travel in Thailand, who shares her top tips (from the inside) with us which’ll come in handy for any preparing to visit Thailand for the first time.

Miriam’s essential packing tips for Thailand

#1. Pack light. Unless you go hiking up in Chiang Mai or Laos in December/January, it is pretty much hot all the time and all over. It also doesn’t really get cool at night. Packing one light jersey and one pair of long pants will be more than enough. The chilliest you’ll get will be from the air conditioning in busses, restaurants or hotels.
Thailand is also a great shopping destination so there are plenty of opportunities to stock up cheap clothes. Besides packing light, be sure to pack your swimming costume, sun screen and some mosquito spray for the evenings.
With those “wardrobe essentials” you’ll be good to go!

 

Any other NB info South Africans should be aware of when planning their Thailand trip?
“Thailand is well known for its sex tourism and you will find it everywhere. There are many areas where you’ll find ping pong shows, strip clubs, prostitutes and all that goes with it. Go out and have fun, but be watchful and don’t get too carried away.
Lady Boys are extremely common in Thailand. It’s not a myth, it’s true. So look closely when you are interested in a lady. If rejected, Lady Boys can get quite aggressive.
Generally there are a lot of scams going on around Thailand, particularly around the tourist areas.

If you find yourself in Bangkok along your Thailand trip, be careful with Tuk Tuk drivers as they often offer to take you around the city for 20 THB (which is close to nothing) to show you the sights. In reality, you get driven to different shops or travel agents where you will get pressured into buying something. For many things in Thailand, you can negotiate the price, but don’t get too aggressive when doing so – especially in the crowded tourist areas where vendors can become violent in response to aggression. Rather step away, and go get what you want somewhere else.
If you aren’t sure if you want to opt for beach, outdoors or party, why not cover them all? There are many travel operators like STA Travel who’ve got many sweet Thailand packages that cover all of the best Thailand has to offer. Wherever your Thailand adventure takes you, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the adventure, fun, and endless and breath taking coastlines this Southeast Asia destination has to offer.

 

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