If you want visiting temples then recollect that a few handiest allow traffic in the mornings
If you need to visit the real Bangkok floating market in place of the traveller one you may need to rise up very early as it in the suburbs no longer the centre.
Ride in long-tail boats at your own chance. Getting inside and outside is hard in case you are older and particularly unsteady on your feet. People do take a river bathtub on a everyday basis. But its a pleasing manner to peer existence along the klongs (canals). Naughty youngsters may “water bomb” you with plastic baggage full of river water or supersoakers filled the same manner. Laugh and smile lots. There is no malice intended.
The “Express Boat” water taxi is exactly that. Average stopping time at each jetty is set 10 seconds. Be geared up to get on and off early. It wont wait.
Allow plenty of time to get around in case you want to visit locations not served via the two extraordinary urban light rail systems, and count on traffic jams
Remember that taxi drivers renting their cars change shifts at 4pm and so taxis are few and far between in the past due afternoon.
Don’t exit in the street sporting your finest vacationer tat for the duration of Songkran. You WILL get soaked. Smile loads and enjoy. There are plenty of festivities and parades at this time.
Drink lots of bottled water, Bangkok has seasons – hot and very hot. It has monsoons too. But nights within the northern cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai can get chilly inside the excessive season (″winter”) while temperatures are a bit lower (November-Jan) before the begin of the summer (Feb-April). May-October is the monsoon and the vacationer low season.
Do not drink tap water. Its OK to brush your enamel in it but thats all. The waterworks purifies the water deliver just exceptional but the delivery pipework is antique and leaky. Thais are resistant to it. Tourists are not. Iced liquids from avenue providers are typically a no-no. Restaurant ice is pleasant.
Dont get drunk. Apart from the hazard of theft at night (low however possible) you’ll feel ten times worse inside the morning than you do at home.
If you must fraternise with the nearby population live away from avenue prostitutes, disco pickups, transexuals and the like. Take a bar sex employee instead. Much less risky.
No one cares about your sexual orientation however underage sex is a severe crime in Thailand. Ask to peer your buddies ID if there’s any doubt and get their date of birth. Its given in the Buddhist calendar so subtract 543 from the yr to get the western equivalent. The yr is 2562 at the moment so each person born later than 2544 is underage. The Buddhist calendar start of yr varies barely and is in April in the meanwhile relative to the Georgian calendar so if in doubt get some other Thai to verify the age of your love interest.
The standard age of consent is eighteen in Thailand, no longer 15 as some believe. Thais are allowed to marry companions of comparable age after 15 with parental consent handiest (usually to avoid out of wedlock pregnancies).
HIV transmission has slowed notably in recent years however continues to be prevalent, especially in males. Use a condom.
Thailand is a big country. There are many different places to peer beyond Bangkok.
Phuket is popular. Unless you are a party animal keep away from Patong Beach and the Full Moon Parties on adjoining islands. But you could rent a car (never a motorbike) and discover Nai Harn bay, Karon and Kata Beaches and masses of other quieter locations.
Chiang Mai is the place for handicrafts, carvings, pottery etc. The dealers will field smaller stuff up for you in order to move as checked baggage. Bigger items can be despatched as cargo, properly packed and protected in crates. I actually have by no means had an trouble with lacking or damaged objects. Its very professional. But site visitors in Chiang Mai is now accomplishing Bangkok levels. Its a shame because it used to be a non violent vicinity. Its the centre for the northern Thai (Lanna) lifestyle and has a exceptional delicacies and exceptional architectural heritage.
Hua Hin is a quieter seaside lodge to the south of Bangkok. I have by no means visited but it receives good reports. Family friendly. Good for a seashore holiday but now not specially thrilling otherwise.
The North East is essentially undisturbed through vacationers as it’s miles the poorest vicinity of Thailand without any impressive temples or scenery. But the grins are actual and you’ll be made very welcome. Udon Thani and Ubon are the biggest centres and they’re much cleanser and greater spacious than different Thai towns. Slow down, kick back out at a bar by means of the river and become “nearly Thai”.
I even have left Pattaya until last. Its a seaside inn east of Bangkok, handy by way of bus from the Eastern bus terminal at Ekamai or through taxi/self drive car. Whether you actually need to go there relies upon on what you’re looking for. Large sex industry, many traveler scams, polluted sea, ladyboy cabaret shows, Pattaya has it all.
Many unmarried western guys retire there and are clean to spot, they typically have a local partner 35–forty five years their junior on their arm. Often different Thais will hurl insults at them (in Thai of course) asking “So hes no longer useless yet?” “How is your grandad today?” “ Has he were given his tooth in?” and so forth etc. Its pitiful but the Thai simply ignores it and the westerner doesn’t apprehend it. Each to their own I guess.
Many retirees declare that the intercourse enterprise in Pattaya is restrained to “only some streets” but the trouble is that it’s far in the seafront streets and it’s far very visible. But there are a few top western eating places there and also a huge waterpark simply outdoor town. But its no longer absolutely a resort to take the youngsters – in my opinion.