7 myths about traveling in Thailand

Discussion in 'Travel News' started by kenguide, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. kenguide

    kenguide New Member

    1. The ice will kill you

    Not many Thais drink tap water. Nor do they make ice with it, so there's really no need to spend your holiday drinking warm Coke.

    If you're worried about contamination, the safest thing to do is look for the circular ice cubes with a hole through the middle. These ones are made in a factory with filtered water and are perfectly safe for consumption.

    Most wait staff are so accustomed to tourists not wanting ice they automatically leave it out of drinks. On the other hand, many beer-drinking Thais like to toss a few cubes into their mugs so if you go to an outdoor bar the waitress will likely pass you a bucket of ice with your bottle of Singha.

    2. All solo male travelers are sex tourists

    If you’re male and traveling alone, don’t be surprised if people assume you’re in Thailand for sex.

    Even if you stay out of the red light zones, you may find yourself getting propositioned by ladies of the night. Or just on the receiving end of looks and winks from fellow travellers.

    3. Everyone is out to scam you

    Sure, Thailand has its scam artists. And when the 99th Bangkok tuk-tuk driver has tried to get you into a suit shop or tells you the Grand Palace is closed, it can certainly feel like you’re in a nation of money-grubbing leeches whose sole purpose in life is to rob you blind.

    But if you head out of the major tourist zones and arm yourself with some pre-trip research on the most popular scams, you’ll find most Thais are an incredibly welcoming bunch, happy to give directions, practice their English or recommend their favorite dish.

    This is particularly true in less-traveled regions like Isaan, in Thailand's northeast.

    More on CNNGo: Tuk-tuk driver confessions

    Thailand definitely offers good value, so long as you stay out of the luxury malls.

    4. Everything in Thailand is dirt cheap

    In the 1990s, you could find decent guestrooms in Bangkok for less than 10 bucks a night. Times have changed. The backpackers might still be there, along with some of Bangkok's cheapest rooms, but gentrified Khao San Road isn't the gritty center of bargains it once.

    That said, accommodation prices are still incredibly reasonable –- even the five-star brands cost far less than you’d pay in places like Tokyo, Hong Kong or Singapore.

    The thing to remember is that if you live like a local you can enjoy Thailand cheaply. That means eating street/shophouse food and not going to high-end nightclubs serving 400-baht cocktails.

    As for shopping, if you want to hunt around for cheap goodies stick to the markets or bargain shopping malls like MBK and avoid the brand names.

    You’re not going to find bargains on luxury goods in malls like Siam Paragon. In fact, you’re probably going to pay more than you would at home due to Thailand’s high import taxes.

    As wholesome as Thailand's full moon parties might appear, illicit substances have been known to make an appearance.

    5. You can always buy your way out of trouble

    It has been said that some Thai police officers will accept a few wads of cash from drivers looking to get out of a traffic violation. Or worse.

    But few of the boys in brown will pass up a chance to pounce on a tourist caught buying/smoking/snorting/smuggling drugs, particularly in party havens like Koh Pha Ngan, where illegal substances are known to be a big part of the full moon party culture.

    Most people have seen enough "locked up in Thailand" book covers and documentaries to know that drugs are illegal here, yet some still choose to take the risk and pay dearly.

    If your kids get on your nerves, you can always feed them to these vicious-looking Bangkok giraffes.

    6. Thailand is not kid-friendly

    Thailand has a reputation for being a haven for sin seekers, but in reality it's full of fantastic family activities. In fact the locals have a real soft spot for kids, so warn your child he/she may be subjected to plenty of cheek pinching.

    Even Pattaya, the worst offender in terms of sleaze, has its fair share of kid-friendly fun like go-karts, water parks and amusement parks.

    Most of the major hotels in Thailand are well-equipped for families, offering kids' clubs and babysitters.

    One word of advice though: leave the stroller home if possible. Some of Bangkok's sidewalks are barely walkable, let alone conducive to evening strolls with the pram. Your kid will either vomit or fall asleep as you bounce over random holes and uneven sidewalks.

    More on CNNGo: 35 things to do with your kids in Bangkok

    7. By giving money to street kids, you are helping them

    It can be tempting to give money to beggars on the street, especially young kids selling flowers or candy. But don’t do it.

    As a report in Monday's Bangkok Post explains, many are victims of human trafficking gangs that cart people in and out of the city to tug on the heart strings of tourists and locals. The kids don't see any of that cash.

    Instead, give money or time to one of the many local organizations trying to help Thailand's less fortunate. Check out Thaicharities.org for a full list.
  2. AgnesRiley

    AgnesRiley New Member

    Useful points, I am planning a Thailand holiday and hoping to see a few other countries along the way. will be sure to watch out for those vicious-looking Bangkok giraffes.
  3. Mood-moon

    Mood-moon New Member

    it's not a myth, Thailand is falling apart!

    Thailand is no kid friendly? Definitely avoid Pattaya and Khosan road with your kids because it's worst than Vegas..it's a cesspool of degradation! As for all solo male travelers not going to Thailand for sex is just playing naive...and it isn't just sex, it's exploitation too. One way or another, tourism is degrading and destroying the morality of Thai people. Think about how you would be if the situation was reversed...just my two cents.
  4. shouldnt

    shouldnt New Member

    good ol' days of Thailand

    Pattaya, koh phi islands, koh san road, etc all of those places are way too overrun with tourists. You really need to get out into the countryside of Thailand if you really want to see the real Thailand. the country is definitely changing and it isn't what it used to be a few years back. the good ol' days of Thailand being a cheap place are over!
  5. lusylaw

    lusylaw New Member

    Thailand is no children friendly? Definitely prevent Pattaya and Khosan street with your children because it's toughest than Nevada..it's a cesspool of degradation! As for all single men tourists not going to Thailand for sex is just enjoying innocent...and it isn't just sex, it's exploitation too. One way or another, travel and leisure is degrading and ruining the values of Indian individuals. Think about how you would be if the scenario was changed...just my two pennies.
  6. jacinthemilton

    jacinthemilton New Member

    Great Indeed! I always visit Thailand twice in a year and everything you're stated there are true. But for me I am a beach lover and that's why I always visit Thailand to unwind and swim to their beaches.
  7. worldinmypocket

    worldinmypocket New Member

    That's totally true, but Thailand is always one of my best country to travel so far

Share This Page