1. When traveling in Thailand always be mindful of your belongings, surroundings and the company you keep.
2. Don’t leave your wallet in your back pocket, that’s how pickpockets get you!
3. Don’t leave valuables lying around.
4. Don’t take out large wads of cash in public. Only take what you need for the day and what’s needed for each purchase.
5. Research Thailand laws, or the laws of any country you plan to visit. Simply being an American/foreigner does NOT mean you can get away with not knowing something is wrong. And the embassy hardly steps in if you’re the lawbreaker.
It only takes a couple minutes to Google laws; don’t assume every country’s laws are the same as yours. For instance, in Thailand, if you rip, crumple or let anything with the King’s face on it touch the ground—I feel sorry for you. His face is on a lot of papers, money and many other things, too!
In Singapore, it’s illegal to sell chewing gum or stick gum places. It’s also illegal to use someone’s unsecured wireless network.
6. Look out for the scammers. Anyone who tells you that a public site/museum/temple etc is closed and offers to take you elsewhere is scamming you. Don’t fall for it! Anyone who offers to show you a jewelry store, and you didn’t solicit their help-is scamming you. If anyone offers to show you a tea house- say no and walk away.
7. Always bargain/haggle for a proper price before getting into a tuk tuk. Avoid them if possible. When you get into a taxi, make sure the meter is turned on. If there isn’t a meter, look for one that does have one OR bargain for a proper price. A proper price varies but it’s always way less than whatever the driver said first.
8. When in a marketplace: haggle, haggle, haggle! The price they tell you is way higher than the actual price.
9. When visiting the palace and temples, it’s required to dress appropriately: no bare shoulders or bare legs even though it’s scorching hot outside (bring a change of clothes in a backpack like I did).
Have fun and be safe! ;0)
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