I could tell you that Thailand is one of the safest countries in the world, and you probably wouldn’t believe if you’ve never been before. To put you at ease, here are a few safety precautions to take during your first trip over.
Riding an elephant
More or less everyone who watches documentaries about Thailand wants to ride an elephant. And why not? It’s fun. Just beware for your own safety while doing so. Listen to the trainer or owner when they give you specific instructions and bear in mind that, trained or not, elephants are still wild animals. They have been known to charge off. In this eventuality, jump from its back. It’s safer on the ground.
Steer clear of scams
Thailand is no stranger to scams, the same as every other country. Be wary of those who approach and appear to be far too friendly. Basically, use your common sense. Anything that sounds too good to be true, probably is. Don’t treat everyone with hostile suspicion though. Thai people are very nice and genuine overall. It’s the 1% you need to keep an eye on.
There are nice cab drivers, and there are some who just aren’t. And just like any place in the world, tourists are usually targets for rip offs. It pays to have pre-arranged transportation prior to your trip.
Unlike in the UK, airport parking services are not very common in Thailand, so travellers really have to rely on cabs or car rentals. This is something that other international airports can take inspiration from; UK’s parking4less , for instance, gives travellers some sort of relief knowing they can leave their car at the airport during their holiday. This means they don’t need to opt for renting a car or hiring a cab after a long, exhausting flight. It’s also safer and more convenient compared to having to take a cab or taking the bus.
Make sure you drink bottled water only. In all honesty most people who stay for an extended period in Thailand, say the tap water is fine, but if you’re on holiday, you don’t want avoidable sickness to ruin your experience. Bottles are cheap and the fruit juices are also harmless. If you’re keen to be careful, say no to ice in your drinks too. Don’t be paranoid if you do rinse your mouth out with tap water though.
All that said, me and Pola drunk coconut water every single day until one day we got such severe food poisoning that my mum had research Thai meds to help us. (Thank you mum!)
Swimming in rivers
Just because the locals are swimming in the rivers, doesn’t mean you should. The fish bite in Thailand; and those who are squeamish about snakes will not enjoy the experience (yes, the snakes swim). The water in the streams isn’t very clean either.
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