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packing tips for thailand

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Thai phrasebook

The Thai locals always appreciate any attempts to learn their language and you’ll be rewarded with plenty of smiles if you try out a few phrases. Start with sawatdee (hello!)

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Slip on shoes

You’ll need to get into the habit of removing your shoes before entering houses, temples and some restaurants, so bring a comfortable pair of sandals you can easily slip out of all day.

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Your swimsuit

Don’t forget to pack your swimsuit for all the watery adventures on your Thailand trip, from exploring the gorgeous islands and white sandy beaches to taking a dip in the jungle waterfalls.

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how to travel responsibly in thailand

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Be mindful of local customs

It’s extremely offensive to show the soles of your feet in Thailand as these are the lowest points of the body. On the other hand, you should never touch anyone’s head as this is the sacred highest point of the body.

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Don’t cuddle the tigers

You may see many animal parks and zoos advertising the chance to cuddle a tiger cub or other big cats, but you should never support them as the animals have most likely been bred illegally, drugged or kept in unacceptable conditions.

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Dress modestly

It’s important to respect Thai culture and dress modestly by covering your shoulders and knees, especially when visiting religious sites in Thailand. See what the locals wear and follow their lead!