5 Things Not to Do in Thailand

If you ever plan to travel to Thailand, you need to learn about their culture. They are a people group full of knowledge and beauty, but, if you do or say something wrong, you could instantly offend them for life. Here is a list of five things NOT to do in Thailand:

1. Don’t be “touchy-feely”. In the culture of Thailand it is looked down upon to show physical affection. Even a handshake is often times not appropriate with Thai people. Instead, to say hello they “wai”, a type of Thai bow, and say, “sawadeecaap” if you are a man or say, “sawadeecaa” if you are a woman.

This is very important to remember, but even more so, one of the most crucial things to remember regarding personal affection in the culture of Thailand is to NEVER touch anyone’s head. This is one of the most disrespectful things and individual could do. The Thai people view their heads as extremely sacred parts of themselves. If you were to touch their head, they would be very upset and you would have just disrespected them in an extreme way.

2. Never say something bad about the food, home, or possessions of an individual. The Thai people definitely love their food! They are incredibly proud of the diversity of their dishes and the work they put into creating their meals. The same goes for their homes and possessions. They take extreme pride in their things and take very good care of everything they have. If you were to say something bad about their food or homes, similar to many other cultures, they would be very offended.

3. Never speak evil of Thai leaders. In Thailand, the king and royal family are respected and revered greatly. The people love their king and rightfully so. He has treated them very well and is a great leader. He has been a phenomenal blessing, therefore the people honor him so much that it has become part of the culture of Thailand. If you were to say anything against him or his family, you would greatly hurt a Thai person and they would think you to be rude and inconsiderate. They take pride in their royal family and so should you when visiting the country.

4. Don’t speak too direct, and don’t look upset or uninterested. Always look polite, friendly, and smile! Do not be too direct or upfront. For example, if you are needing directions and someone gives you them in a different way than another person, you should not confront them or be too direct. If you say, “that is not what this other man told me,” then your current advisor may become embarrassed and reserved to the point of not helping you adequately.

Instead, the key is to always be overly polite and kind. Another important thing is that you always smile. If a Thai person sees you with a facial expression that looks angry, upset or even just uninterested, they will instantly … Read More

How to Select the Right Hotel

When looking into hotels near your vacation spots there are things to remember. Perhaps you are wondering what you need to do to find the perfect hotel. Well this is the perfect place to find tips and suggestions to find the right hotel. With three and a half years of hotel experience under my belt, this is the perfect place to find what you need to pick your hotel.

Okay so the first thing you need to do is find hotels in the area which you are going to be staying. You can do this by either searching the phone book, if you have one from that area, or do an online search. If you have a particular hotel chain that you are used to staying with, then maybe you will want to check with them first. Once you have found a few hotels that are worth checking into, you can begin to narrow down the results.

If you find a major hotel chain then you can phone their reservation number. When you call those numbers the agent on the line will do whatever they can to talk you into booking a room right away with them. You will want to try to find a hotel that has pictures and reviews available online, the agent on the phone will be able to direct you to their website. However, keep in mind that when you do find pictures online, you do not know how old they are and when they were taken.

When staying in a hotel that is in a downtown area of a big city or near an airport, one thing you should be sure to ask is if there is a parking fee. A lot of hotels in those areas have limited parking so they charge what little space they do have. Sometimes you can avoid parking charges by parking off street, but most of the time you should just bite the bullet and pay their fees. Just remember to ask how much it costs before you get there so you are not in for a rude awakening.

There are other fees you should ask about when talking to a reservation agent. Hotels may charge an extra person charge for adults, who are over eighteen unless otherwise specified, over the amount of two. If you need a roll out bed or ‘cot’ there are usually fees for those as well. The call center that I worked for required reservation agents to inform guests of these, but not everyone did. You should ask them if they do not tell you. If you are traveling with pets, be sure to get the hotels full pet policy. Most hotels charge for pets including a deposit and a nightly fee. Do not let yourself be surprised about the prices, please ask before you book.

If you ask about everything you can think of, then you are going to find a good hotel with no hidden fees. They may try to … Read More