Thailand still evokes an exotic image in the minds of most travellers. After you have organised your travel insurance, you can set about the exciting task of planning your journey. And there is plenty to plan for. Despite the eruptions of the past few months, the only political trouble occurred in the main streets of the capital, Bangkok. Travellers who have returned from their Thailand holidays have commented that outside the capital, life went on as normal and tourists were able to enjoy the luxury and relaxation they were looking for.
Happily, many of the more exciting parts of Thailand are outside the capital anyway, so even if you feel a little unsafe you can rest assured that the majority of the country is stable, happy, and ready to accept tourists from anywhere!
With so many places to choose from however, it is often difficult to know which destinations to include on your itinerary. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at four top tips to help you plan your trip.
The best time to visit Thailand is any time except the rainy season from July to October. The monsoonal season which dominates the weather over that period doesn’t mean it is impossible to visit Thailand at that time it just means that you will have to get used to short bursts of heavy rain at any time of the day. Apart from that, you will find the weather in Thailand is good although it can be extremely hot in summer. Most tourists tend to travel between November and February when it is at its coolest.
Customs regulations are very strict in Thailand and any breaches are treated harshly. Make sure you check with your travel agent to make sure you’re not carrying too many cigarettes, wine or spirits. When it comes to drugs, Thailand is notoriously harsh and you will no doubt be aware of the death penalties which have been handed down to anyone involved in the narcotics trade.
When you travel to any new country it is always exciting to explore the culture and to see how other people go about their daily lives. Although this is welcomed in Thailand, make sure you are respectful of some of their closely held beliefs. The royal family is held in very high esteem by all Thais, so you should never criticise the monarchy. Images of the Buddha are also treated as sacred no matter where they are situated in or how big they are. Buddhist monks are also treated with great respect and should not be touched under any circumstances. Also, don’t forget to take off your shoes when visiting someone’s home or a temple.
One of the quirky things you should be aware of is the Thai treatment of the head and feet. The head is sacrosanct in Thai culture so you should avoid patting anyone on the head, including children. As opposed to this never use your feet to point at anything and never allow the palms of your feet to point towards an image of the Buddha.
If you bear these tips in mind you will enjoy your hollow even more, and once again that figure to organise your holiday insurance well in advance.