Thailand is a fun filled holiday destination for anyone looking to get away for less than conventional beach holidays. There are, however, a number of things to be aware of when travelling to Thailand with friends, family or partners.
Thailand & Politics
Thailand is a country that can experience political unrest, for example there was a coup in May of 2014, It’s important for travellers to stay in touch and on top of any travel information for Thailand and should check the DFAT website for updates on the current situation.
Thai Religion & Beliefs
Thai people generally have very strong beliefs and following/displaying courtesy towards their religion and the royal family is very important. Simple manners and courtesies, such as taking off your shoes before entering a temple or someone’s home are extremely important. When visiting temples or cultural places it’s recommended to wear clothes that cover your shoulders, knees and tummy.
Other Social Engagements
When in social situation with Thais, it’s important to recognise their traditional greeting. Although you likely won’t see this a great deal in popular tourist areas, their traditional greeting is a wai, whereby your hands are pushed together in front of your body. In most cases the youngest person is required to do this first to show respect to the elders, who will then do it in return.
So, is it Safe to Travel to Thailand?
Yes, as long as you are aware and show caution where you need to. The tourist areas of Thailand are very popular and always full of travellers from around the world who are there to soak up the sun and the beach as much as you. In most cases you won’t notice anything at all; it’s simply recommended to exercise a degree of caution.
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