Bangkok: what to do and not to do

Despite the incredible experiences that this great and exotic capital can offer, it is good to consider that you are in a country very far from home, very different from ours, with laws and customs that are truly different from those which govern our daily lives. Below we will give you the list of Bangkok: what to do and not to do. Take them a little as if they were the ten commandments to follow to avoid unpleasant unforeseen events.

1 – YOU WILL NOT LISTEN TO UNKNOWN PEOPLE
Of course you say … but if it were not so?!

Bangkok, like all major cities, is teeming with gentlemen who will do everything in their power to divert you from your activities and direct you to their activitys. Don’t get me wrong. Nobody will take you by the arm and drag you away by force. But before entering a Wat, a Palace, or an attraction, you may find someone who tells you that that place, on that day, is closed for holidays or other apparently credible reasons, and will kindly suggest an alternative destination.
There is only one solution: PLEASE BE INFORMED, AND PAY ATTENTION ONLY TO YOURSELF.

Khao San Road in Bangkok

2 – YOU WILL ONLY DRINK LIQUIDS IN BOTTLES
And never forget to check that the guarantee seal is intact! Our favorite drink? Chang Beer! Then you can also find a lot of drinks with very strange tastes, try them!

3 – YOU SHALL CONTRACT THE PRICES
Except for some cases, as with restaurants or in shops / botique, NEVER accept the first price offered, even with taxi and tuc tuc. Stay low with the offers, and pretend you want to be sorry… you will be caught up and persuaded to continue the negotiation with more interesting offers.

Street Food in Bangkok

4 – YOU WILL NOT TALK ABOUT THE KING, OR THE ROYAL FAMILY
Thai people are very attached to them and you will not get positive feedback. It is not nice to ”mistreat” images that represent them.

5 – IN BANGKOK YOU WILL NOT DRIVE VEHICLES
Especially if you are not insured! The confusional traffic of Bangkok is a reality unknown to most of us farangs, and renting a vehicle could bring you more trouble than advantages.

crazy traffic in Bangkok with Tuk Tuks and motorcycles

6 – YOU WILL DRESS YOU APPROPRIATELY
Despite the heat, and despite having complete freedom of clothing in the city, it is good to remember that to have access to temples and sacred or formal places it is necessary to cover the legs (from the knee upwards) and the shoulders.

7 – YOU WILL RESPECT LOCAL CULTURE
Bangkok: wondering what to do and not to do? Well, another thing not to do in Bangkok is to try to stick to the uses of the population. Don’t touch his head, don’t shake hands, don’t bother the monks (and don’t touch them!), Don’t touch the statues of the Buddhas, don’t turn the soles of the feet towards the Buddhas, and don’t raise your voice unnecessarily.

temple in bangkok with girl praying

8 – YOU WILL NOT USE DRUGS
Although Thailand is a popular destination for those looking for a buzz, it must be borne in mind that the drug issue is taken very seriously, and that the countermeasures adopted by the state are DRASTIC in the confrontations of tourists.

9 – YOU WILL PROTECT YOUR SKIN
Another thing that makes you do in Bangkok is absolutely remember to put lots of sunscreen and lots of mosquito spray. Taking Dengue Fever may not be a pleasant experience.

10 – YOU WILL TAKE PHOTOS WITH RESPECT
Some situations require normal common sense. It is not nice to take pictures of monks or unknown people, especially without asking for permission. This is accepted only in places where rudeness and ignorance of the rules reach a level of collectivity that becomes ordinary. Do not even photograph the goods on sale.

If you are planning your trip to Bangkok, use these travel resources to not get caught unprepared.

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