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Coming to the land of smiles? Learn the ins and outs of living here from ann American who has been here for 1 year now. Don t come here with a preformed image of Asia and Thailand, Be open minded about learning and seeing new things. Being from Texas, I have seen many different cultures growing up. Having a Philippino stepmother and living in a Cambodian neighborhood gave me the worldview I hold and why I love Asia the most. So having said that you see that I am a little biased to this Area. I will give you the best tips I used to get started here long term.
- Come with the mindset that Thailand is in a transition phase. Laws are changing constantly with the military in charge.
- Don t speak badly about the royal family.
- Don t bad mouth Buddhism or pat a Thai person on the head.
Things to know:
Now that we have nasty stuff out of the way lets get to the day to day stuff.
- Rent a studio, they are furnished, much cheaper than a hostel or hotel.
- Eat like a local, go to Sunday market, farmers markets.
- Relies on the poverty level here, bribes will happen, there are shady cops here, be careful.
- Buy your electronics outside of Thailand, the import fees here are huge.
- Most cell service here is 3G, be ready for slow service.
- Understand health standards are different here, Having said that if you feel uncomfortable find a cleaner restaurant. Also, peanuts are a lot of things here, watch out.
- Look out for scams, ATM card skimmers, shady taxis, even restaurants may try to pull a fast one.
If you would like to learn more about Thailand, My time here or other countries I have been to head over to other parts of my travel blog.
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