Thailand is one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of rice.
According to Findjobdescriptions, Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia that has never been colonized.
Some sections of Cambodia’s border with Thailand, including the sea, are not clearly defined.
Until 1913, most Thais did not have surnames, only first names.
Muang Boran (Ancient City) in Samut Prakan is the world’s largest open-air museum.
The reckoning in Thailand starts from the day of Buddha’s death in 543 BC.
Don’t hug statues for a photo. Punishment – a fine and destruction of the picture. Unpaid goods are considered stolen. Punishment – prison for up to 5 years. Smoking in public places is prohibited. Punishment – a fine of 2000 baht (about 2000 rubles).
Each tourist must have and, upon request, present to customs officers $ 700 or 600 euros per person or $ 1500 or 1400 euros per family. If the money is on a bank card, it must be international. It is also obligatory to present an account statement in case of a request from the border service, but the border service has the right to demand the presentation of cash.
It is recommended to be vaccinated against cholera and hepatitis A before leaving for Thailand. Do not buy food from street vendors – poisoning is possible.
Take a couple of your passport size photos with you just in case (in case you lose your passport).
It is not necessary to change money in “exchangers” at hotels because of the low exchange rate. It is best to change currency in banks or in exchange offices of banks, which are located in any large supermarket.
Souvenirs can be brought from Thailand – jewelry and jewelry made of precious stones. But it’s not worth buying anything. Original souvenirs include Thai silk, batik, jewelry, celadon (porcelain pottery), collectible dolls, bronzes and antiques. Patpong in Bangkok is a huge quarter, illuminated by colorful lanterns, a place of nightly entertainment for all Europeans who find themselves in the city. The main street is a huge bazaar, stalls littered with exotic goods – from crocodile skins to Khmer drums, from Ming porcelain to elephant tusks. Bargaining is appropriate here, sometimes the price can be reduced by 10 times.
Untouchable traditions of Thailand. During the performance of the royal anthem, Thais stand up. Tourists are advised to show respect and also stand up, and stop on the street.
The outward manifestation of anger is considered rude. In any case, keep outward calmness and goodwill.
Pointing at someone or something with your foot is also considered rude.
In a Buddhist temple, a woman is forbidden to touch the monks. If something needs to be given to a monk, the woman must do so either through her male companion or by placing the offering on the edge of the cloth held by the monk on the other side.
It is not allowed to photograph the interior of the temples.
When entering the mosque, it is necessary to take off your shoes, a man to put on a headdress, a woman – trousers or a skirt to the toes, a closed blouse with long sleeves, a headscarf. During the service, outsiders are not allowed to be in the mosque.
In Thailand, it is not customary to touch another person, especially the head.
It is customary to take off your shoes before entering a home.
Medical care at a high level, especially in Bangkok. Call your consulate or embassy and ask for advice from a doctor, clinic or hospital. Many new clinics offer round-the-clock medical care. The cost of medical care is amazingly low. However, it is not uncommon for doctors and hospitals to require immediate cash payment. It is better to take additional insurance that will cover the flight.
Local drug names may not match the corresponding Western ones. Bangkok has a wide variety of medicines. The recipe must be written in Thai.
Drink only bottled water or water that has been boiled for at least ten minutes. Avoid ice, milk, ice cream. Eat only boiled and peeled vegetables unless you’re in a high-end restaurant. Make sure the food is well cooked. Do not walk barefoot, do not swim in natural waters.
Large tourist buses with air conditioning and ordinary buses run from Bangkok to all cities in Thailand. If you want to travel around the country on your own, you can rent a car. It is best to use a taxi. They don’t have meters and you can bargain with the driver. The only problem is that taxi drivers here also prefer their native language – Thai. Therefore, ask the interpreter in advance to write on a piece of paper where you should be taken. If a tourist decides to take a taxi, you should not get into a private car, the driver may not have a permit for the right to transport passengers. The official taxi has a yellow permission plate, as well as a board with the inscription Taxi or Taxi-Meter. Exotic transport of Thailand – rickshaw (motor scooter with a sidecar for two). It is convenient for short trips. Traveling by train is cheaper, but the trains are irregular and often crowded.
It is allowed to import any amount of foreign currency, but large amounts must be declared. More than 500 baht cannot be taken out of Thailand. The exception is holders of family passports – they are allowed to take out 1,000 baht. Alcoholic drinks can be taken with you only within 1 liter. Cigarettes – one block or 50 cigars, or 250 g of tobacco. If you take a camera with you, you should not store more than five films for it. Thailand prohibits the importation of drugs and pornography into its territory. The export of antiques is prohibited, including ancient Buddha statues, ivory and leather of protected animals.