South East Asia Health & Travel Tips
We have put together a couple of tips and have suggested some web sites for people who are interested in visiting Thailand. Any opinions expressed are personal and subjective and are not intended to denigrate any individual, company or organisation.
If you wish to view websites that relate to Travel and Health advice for Thailand and South East Asia in general then please look at the following:
- Thailand is a Buddhist country where Buddha images are held sacred. Sacrilegious acts are punishable by imprisonment
- Thai people hold their King and Queen in great reverence and will not tolerate disrespect.
- Don’t touch Thai women without their consent
- Dress properly in a Buddhist temple. Mini skirts and shorts are not allowed. Take your shoes off before entering and Ladies must not touch a Buddhist monk.
- Nude/topless sunbathing is not allowed.
- Don’t touch a Thai person’s head or ruffle their hair. The head is the noblest part of the body.
- Avoid placing your feet on the table while sitting. Never use your foot to point things out or to touch any part of the body of anyone, this is considered very rude.
- When you are a visitor into another persons home you are expected to take off your shoes.
- Falling coconuts kill hundreds of people every year, so be aware when walking through parks, forests or just sunbathing on the beach.
- The electrical current in Thailand is 220v.
- Foreigners from 39 countries can stay in the country for up to 30 days without an entry visa. If you want to have your visa extended you must visit an Office of the Immigration Bureau.
- When shopping it is common practice to “haggle” when prices are not marked.
- A lot of Thai food comes amply supplied with chilli - so be aware.
- Koh Samui- or the Coconut Island- is Thailands 3rd largest island.
We hope you have found this helpful.
Enjoy your holiday!
Jamie, Iain and Andy