Preparing for Thailand
For many of you, Southeast Asia will be a brand-new experience! You may be wondering what to bring, how to prepare, and what you can expect when you get there. Mai bpen rai – no worries! We are here to help, every step of the way.
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Travel tips to help you prepare for your adventure.
- It will be warm! Lightweight, breathable fabrics are highly recommended.
- Plan to have your shoulders and legs down to the knee covered on temple visit days.
- Bring a comfortable pair of sandals that slip easily on and off – it’s common to remove shoes in Thailand.
- Sunscreen and bug spray are essentials!
- Consider packing a reusable water bottle for carrying safe, filtered water with you throughout the day! Collapsible water bottles are a compact option.
- Check your excursions for any clothing or shoe requirements.
- Passports are required so please make sure yours and your guests’ are up to date.
- Always keep your passport handy and secure and do NOT pack it in your checked bag.
- Average temperatures in Thailand for late Feb/ early March are the high 80s to mid 90s.
- This is one of the driest times in Thailand, but there’s still a chance of rain. Showers tend to be intense but pass quickly.
- Current weather forecast – Bangkok
- You may be greeted with a wai, a small bow with the hands in a prayer position. It’s polite to return the greeting in kind.
- “Saving face” is very important in Thailand – don’t lose your temper, yell, or speak angrily. Stay calm, smile, and be polite, even when things are going wrong or you’re trying to haggle for the best price!
- The head is considered the highest part of a person, both literally and figuratively. Never touch a Thai person on the head – it’s considered extremely rude and offensive.
- Conversely, the foot is considered to be the lowliest part of the body. Don’t sit with your feet pointed at a Buddha or person, or with your feet propped up on a table or similar. (In a temple, you’ll notice people tuck their feet behind them as they face the Buddha.)
- Point with four fingers instead of using just your pointer finger.
- Eat with a spoon. If you’re given a fork, use it to put the food onto the spoon and then put the spoon in your mouth.