Internet is 2b per min - Sports Bar and Carpe Diem have free wifi
POLICE: While very visible, local police may not speak much
English. The Thai Tourist Police can be of more assistance -- 1155 is a
24-hour hotline they can be reached on. Thai police are not paid much,
so corruption remains a problem. http://www.thaitouristpolice.com/main.php
BARGAINING: Should I bargain for everything I want to buy
in Thailand? No. If an item has a price tag then you're not expected to
bargain. You are not expected to bargain in a restaurant either. What
is the best way to bargain in Thailand? With a smile and a friendly
attitude. The point of bargaining is not to make sure the merchant
loses money but rather to get a price that you are both satisfied with.
Be warned that in popular tourist areas, such as say Chaweng Beach on
Ko Samui, the mark-up can be as much as 600-800%. In cases like this
it's almost impossible to get a reasonable price compared to what you
may pay in Chatuchak market in Bangkok, for instance. The simple
solution is not to shop at Chaweng! But if you must, do bargain hard.
Often bargaining in Thai - all you really need to know are the numbers,
cheap (thuuk) and expensive (phaeng) - will reap greater rewards.
Scammers If a Bangkok tuk tuk driver knows you're shopping they'll
invariably try to take you to a friend's shop along on the way. They
get petrol vouchers and all manner of incentives for doing this. Taxis
are cheaper and faster because they tend to go straight to your
DON'T SIGN ANYTHING from a Pushy Travel Agent.
Don't exchange currency with friendly strangers
FOOD Is there good vegetarian food in
Thailand? Absolutely, but you'll need to look around a bit to find it
sometimes. Chiang Mai is particularly good for vegetarians, though
Bangkok also has a reasonable selection. It’s not unusual to see items
in a vegetarian section such as "Vegetarian salad with
pork/chicken/beef." They mean meat, not a soy substitute. A fair
directory of Thai vegetarian restaurants is here
Words you should learn before going:
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Temple Etiquette: On visiting a Thai temple, there are a few rules that all visitors should follow:
You should dress neatly when visiting any temple in Thailand. Men
and women should not wear shorts or sleeveless shirts. Women in
particular should avoid wearing revealing attire around monks.
Monks are forbidden to have physical contact, or to receive
an object directly from a woman. To hand something to a monk a woman
should place the object within reach of the monk, or give it to a man
who can then hand it to the monk.
When entering any building within a monastery shoes must be
removed. And when sitting in a temple, never point your feet towards
any images of the Buddha.
You should bear in mind that despite the number of tourists
that may be walking around taking pictures, a temple is a place of
worship and a quiet sanctuary for the monks and devotees. You should be
sensitive to cultural and religious considerations.
Lastly, temples do not charge an entrance fee, but they do have
donation boxes for you to make some merit. Money will go towards upkeep
of the temple and the temple's charitable activities.
Thailand Currency & General Money info:
1 Baht = 100 Satang: The basic unit
of Thai currency is the baht. There are 100 satang in one baht; coins
include 25-satang and 50-satang pieces and baht in 1B, 2B, 5B and 10B
coins. Older coins have Thai numerals only, while newer coins have
Thai and Arabic numerals. The 2B coin was introduced in 2007 and is
confusingly similar in size and design to the 1B coin. The two
satang coins are typically only issued at supermarkets where prices
aren’t rounded up to the nearest baht, which is the convention
elsewhere. Paper currency is issued in the following denominations: 20B (green), 50B (blue), 100B (red), 500B (purple) and 1000B (beige). In the 1990s, the 10B bills were phased out in favour of the 10B coin but occasionally you might encounter a paper survivor.
Money Exchange: Do not change money in your home country
before coming to Thailand. You will get a much better rate of exchange
in Thailand. Bring an ATM card or travelers cheques. In fact, it is
nice to have two sources of money in case of problems so why not bring
both.Do not exchange your money at hotels. They give bad rates.
Exchange booths at airports also give poor rates. The best way to get
money when you first arrive is to use an ATM at the airport
Tipping: Tipping was never really a part of Thai
culture. It is a custom that we visiting westerners have introduced and
which Thai customers have now taken up. Most western visitors over-tip.The normal tip in Thailand at restaurants or bars is 20 baht.
That may seem like a derisory sum to leave by western standards but in
Thailand they do not expect any more. You are not being tightfisted by
leaving so little. In fact, some claim that westerners who come here
and tip big are actually causing problems for everybody else. They are
creating an expectancy of big tips from westerners that never used to