Travel Tips

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TRAVEL TIPS

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. 

Below you can find our packing guide and some travel advice. Check out our FAQs page if you have other questions, or email us at escape@precoa.com

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Know Before You Go

Travel tips to help you prepare for your adventure.

Packing
  • 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.
Passport
  • 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.
Weather
  • 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
Cultural Etiquette
  • 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.