"Siam - Land of the Smiles" Top 5 Page for this destination Thailand by SLLiew

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It is fun, challenging and rewarding to learn the Thai alphabets. Although major road signs and Sky train stations are in both English and Thai, it is cool when you can recognize the street name of Thanon Silom (Silom Street) and your hotel names in Thai alphabets.

When taking the taxi, remember to bring a long a hotel/hostel card from the reception. It has the map, address and telephone number written in Thai and so you can just show it to your taxi driver.

Similarly, have your local destination written out in Thai by the receptionist. Or have the concierge ensure that taxi driver knows your destination before speeding off.

"May pen rai" is equivalent to "Never mind, take it easy" Thai attitude is good to have when travelling in Thai. Raising your voice or getting angry is very unThai.

From Penang, you can easily go to Bangkok by flight, train or land or the southern islands of Phuket, Phi Phi, Samui, Phangan, Koh Tao via Haadyai by vans. For Bangkok, I prefer flight or rail. Taking the bus/van will require stops and waiting times at Haadyai and Surat Thani.

Side trips in Bangkok that I liked are River Kwai, Floating Market, Rose Garden, Elephant Show and Ayuthaya by land, return by boat.

Water taxi is an experience on Menam Chao Phraya River and it is very cheap. Just hop on and hop off along the water taxi stands by the river.

Thai food is wonderful. Do go for a nice hotel buffet to sample the varieties of dishes and desserts.. Getting a slight tummy upset is not uncommon if you are unused to the spices and combinations.. So take it easy.

Visiting temples, the Emerald Buddha is a must. Donations is voluntary. Many of the fortune telling strips can give negative forecasts (rather than the feel good Chinese fortune cookies). But do not dispair, you can get an immediate temple blessings to wash away the bad karma.

Shopping at Chatuchak on weekend has become a tourist in the daytime and Patpong in the night.

Some taboos

1) Do not touch the head of Thai

2) Dress appropriately when visiting temples and royal places or when you are a guest to someone house as a sign of respect.

3) Thais have deep respect to their King and royal family. Talk about other things.

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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Hello, SL! Thanks for your interesting and helpful virtual tour!~

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    lovely tips on a fascinating country which I really enjoyed

  • vpas's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    very informative,thank you,seetha

  • xymmot's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Reading your travel page, Thailand from Maylay. Would you not be going North west to Phuket and the islands??? Good travel log though and have many postcards from Thailand.

  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2009 at 7:01 PM

    Hi Liew: Beautiful intro on Thailand. Why not more pics? We too are planning seriously to visit Thailand in winter.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2009 at 11:07 PM

    I didn't know that Bangkok had such a long name, thanks for enlightening.

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2008 at 3:23 AM

    Hi SL, it has been almost 10 years since I visited thailand. Your VT page makes me want to go there again :) Take care and enjoy your weekend :)

  • SWFC_Fan's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2007 at 10:48 AM

    Thanks for visiting my Greek island pages, SL! Nice Thailand tips here. I never got to see the old Don Muang airport, but the new Suvarnabhumi airport is excellent!

  • travelfrosch's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2007 at 4:47 PM

    Good info on the taboos. Very nice page here. I remember the 50 Baht note especially because it was blue and had a unique texture. I found it was quite rare... Thailand's answer to a US$2 bill, perhaps?

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2006 at 10:08 AM

    nice little page. Not sure that learning the language is so easy. :)


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