Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Guest Post: How to Prepare Yourself for a Thai Adventure

It’s no secret that Thailand is one of the destinations atop nearly every traveller’s bucket list, what with its lush scenery, cultural value and tropical climate. But how do you prepare for a trip? Here are some important things you should be doing before jet-setting away. 

Pay a visit to your doctor 

Despite Thailand being one of, if not the most popular destination for tourists across the globe, it has a considerable amount of health risks to be aware of. From hepatitis A and B to measles, it’s crucial you’re prepared for the potential threats to your health and safety that come with visiting the country. 

To see what precautions you should be taking – whether it be medication, vaccinations or anything else – visit your doctor before you go. They’ll have all of the necessary advice and recommendations for you to have a safe trip without any complications.

Take out some insurance 

It may come as a surprise to you, but should you find yourself needing medical treatment in Thailand, you’ll likely be forking out a fortune – as TINZ details, 14 days of treatment could cost upwards of $50,000. Therefore, insurance is absolutely necessary for ensuring you won’t be left in debt. 

Although you may not think you’ll be needing any medical attention, accidents are very common whilst travelling. And with the multiple risks in Thailand you need to watch out for – even the roads are notably dangerous – you’ll want to avoid paying out thousands should the worst occur.

Pack sufficiently 

Make sure you’re packing the right things for your Thai adventure. Consider the weather and where you’re planning on staying – a beach retreat, for example, won’t require you to bring your entire wardrobe. 

It’s important to be respectful with your clothing, too. Religion and spirituality are taken extremely seriously in Thailand, especially when visiting sites of importance such as temples – ensure you’ve got clothes that are considerably modest for sightseeing days. 

And, of course, don’t forget to pack your sunscreen. Chances are it’s going to be hot.

Prepare your tastebuds 

One of the many things Thailand does extremely well is the food, but you’ll need to be prepared for it. In other words, don’t dive in head first and chow down on the spiciest dishes you find – your body won’t be very thankful, and it could ruin the rest of your trip. 

Make sure you ease your way into the food in Thailand, working your way up to the hotter, more adventurous dishes. Street food is a great way to get started, as it’s cheap and affordable, not to mention absolutely delicious.

Learn about the cultural traditions 

As previously mentioned, Thailand takes its traditions (including religion, spirituality and historic practices) seriously – and you’ll need to be mindful. 

Things such as taking your shoes off before entering certain buildings and stopping to respect the national anthem are expected of tourists and locals alike, so be sure to brush up on your knowledge before you arrive. Although people likely won’t take too much offence to you being unaware, it’s better to be prepared.

What else should you prepare for a Thailand adventure? Be sure to leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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