It doesnt take much to be nice to people no matter where you go in the world. Therefore, be decent and pleasant to people in Bangkok and specially to vendors. They tend to be rude at times mainly due to the language barrier as they are not fluent in English which most of us talk. I found the people over there to be very nice and a bit moody at times but we did get help from various people over there and they didnt hesitate to help at all.
Fondest memory: I enjoyed the lovely food and the shopping malls over there. Amazingly wonderful food including street food which one must not miss..
NEVER EVER say something bad about the Royal Family or the Thai democracy, not only will the Thais be extremely offended by it but insulting the king is a crime! Thailand has one of the most tough lese' majeste laws in the world and if you are convicted of criticizing the king, you can go to jail up to 15 years! unless you are royally pardoned! The King is loved and respected greatly, the Also be reminded that throwing things is considered rude, especially banknotes since they have a picture of the King on them! you can criticize the lord buddha and do not go to jail but if you criticize the king, jailtime is at least 15 years!
Fondest memory: they also worship the ancient thai and siamese kings as demi gods and you can see there pictures around the various wats around thailand.
Favorite thing: You are not obliged to tip, personally I tip taxi drivers if I feel they have been helpful, 50 Baht is adequate. The only times I have tipped at a hotel has been for room service or the bellboy, again a small tip is adequate, 20 Baht for the bellboy. Just remember you are not obliged to tip, Thais very rarely tip.
Good advice from Curt1591.
Haggle with street vendors but don't argue.
If a situation develops, escape as quickly as possible.
And remember that to the Thais, 'face' is VERY important. NEVER insult or slight their character, even jokingly.
They are beautiful people, treat them as such and you will have a wonderful stay.
And for transport, if you are brave, the motorcycle taxis are really exciting - and also quite safe.
Fondest memory: I miss the food and the lifestyle.
Sitting out at a roadside 'cafe' in Bangkok, eating noodles and soup, people watching until the sun comes up.
Fondest memory: We are not talking about some syndicates that have been using these young children to beg like some people mentioned, because it’s not under our power to curd them, nor try to expose some bad scene about what we’ve seen but just to point out on how fortunate we are. We can’t change the world but we can certainly change our way of thinking…We still have roof over our head, plenty of food on our table & still be able to save some money to see the world…How lucky we are!
No matter how busy the cooks in the little stalls seem to be , or how demanding a customer at the hotel or airport check in ...there always seems to be a smile from the wonderful patient Thai people . We can learn alot from them . When travelling there , put your best face forward and learn to smile.
Fondest memory: I think the smiling Thai people win hands down as far as my favorite memory of Thailans . It's tough competition too....since there's the food, the beaches in the South , the scenery in the North, the Asian elephants ......I could go on and on.....but the smile.
The Food!!! It's sumptuous and with painstaking efforts to make them look appetizing. The people are generally friendly to foreigners(Phalangs they call them, which means the white men). So you got it, when you look like a Thai (which I do, being a Filipino), they treat you like one of them - not so special, that is.
Fondest memory: The Shopping part! Goodness, this is one place that offer you almost everything you want at prices you can really afford. But, you gotta have some bargaining skill. Prices can be slashed down to as much as 50% off. It's better to start shopping in the early morning, when stores have just opened. Prices dip to their lowest during this time. You shouldn't miss out on their weekend sale (yes, there's bound to be a sale during each weekend) especially those of Wacoal for the ladies. You'd be able to get a bra for about 180-200 baht a piece. Hewlett packard products are also very cheap as these are made in thailand or the nearby Malaysia. Go to MBK - the shopper's paradise.
I'm walking down near Khaosan Road and I figure that I'm in desperate need of sandals. I go up to this stall and start looking at sandals and looked at the girl working there and gave her a price. She quoted a price back. So now we're in the typical haggling when I notice that she's getting really excited. Let's just say I've never seen that before when in the negotiations process. Eventually we agreed to a price and she starts clapping. What's going on here?
I must have looked confused because a man came up to me immediately after and told me that she had just started her stall that day and I was her first sale ever. Awwwww, how sweet!
If someone has never been in Bangkok before than I would suggest to stay 3 days and explore it totaly. All the things I wisited were nice. From the shopping centers which are very cheap to tempels and street sceen.
PS.There may be some lack of fresh air while being in a bus with out window and driving just behind the truck. But in general Bangkok is clean and even the smell is not as bad as I expected. Just remember that you are on vacations and everything will be better and great.
Fondest memory: Bangkok itself is a special melody which sings while you are exploring it. Thailand itself has a lovely Thai girls and great landscape.
Bangkok as a main city really can suprise in a positive way.
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Favorite thing: When we we're cruising the Chao Phraya river, I was amazed about these 2 local selling foods along the river..They have their complete things for cooking and everything..I like these people..always looking a very good way how to have money in their own sweat over the heat of the sun!
Thailand is a place of the people that are very friendly! They are friendly as flips,lol. And even sometimes you can't understand what they were saying but they will show a glow in their eyes and a smile with their lips as a sign of friedliness. I used to this friendly folks as a Filipina like me, Filipinos by nature are friendly too but Thai's are different. A smile that you can't ask for more!
Fondest memory: Living here for a moment and if we'll be moving again..surely those friendly people will be missed!
Favorite thing: This country have kingdom. When I was there the queen had birthday. The women in the background is the queen. I saw big signs everywhere with the picture of the queen. We had similar here in Hungary when we had communism.
Favorite thing: The Thais are very religious. This is highly evident in the number of temples around the city and the number of people who actually come to pay their respects by burning incense and sticking that gold foil on the buddhas (never did ask why they do that).
While travelling I enjoy observing everyday life just as much as visiting tourist attractions. For me, looking into this barbershop is just as interesting - more so maybe - than visiting yet another wat.
This place doesn't look too trendy. I have had my hair cut in Thailand a couple of times and it is a very pleasant experience. The places I've been to have been more upmarket than the one in the photo. To be honest, the quality of the hair cut has never been that good but the washing part is great. Instead of just a quick shampoo I have experienced a full head massage that takes around 30 minutes. I was so relaxed after that I didn't really care how they cut my hair!