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5 Mistakes to Avoid on Your First Visit to Thailand – Vital Tips for the Traveller

If you are anticipating making your first trip to Thailand, there will be several mistakes to avoid, such as not properly packing for the destination, purchasing too much and not selecting the right beach. Here's more on what you need to know.


Packing unsuitable items / attire

Some visitors to Thailand make the mistake of not packing properly for their trip to this nation. You should remember that Thailand experiences a tropical climate; therefore, you should not pack clothes featuring thick, uncomfortable materials and those that are not suitable for warm weather. Visitors should also keep in mind that Thailand has a relatively modest culture, which means that revealing clothing can be frowned upon. When visiting temples and other places of worship, you must be conservatively dressed. Ladies must be dressed in skirts that extend below the knee or long pants, whilst men should also wear long trousers. Visitors should also cover the shoulders when visiting such sacred sites.


Purchasing too many things

Naturally, on your trip to Thailand, you will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of souvenirs, mementoes and other attractive goods. Since the country boasts a splendid selection of markets and other shopping venues, it would be natural to be tempted to spend a lot of money buying various items. However, you should remember that you must take home all the things you buy and that there will be limited space in your luggage. Accordingly, you may choose to purchase items like Thai silk which would be easy to transport home. You could also take an easily folded duffel bag to bring back additional purchases.


Selecting the wrong beach

Some make the mistake of selecting the wrong beach at which to spend time. For instance, if you desire tranquillity and seclusion and find yourself at a popular beach full of tourists, you may be disappointed. To avoid this kind of problem, you may take the opportunity to conduct some pre-visit research to determine the beach that most fits your preferences. For example, if you are visiting Koh Samui, an idyllic beach to stay at would be Bophut Beach. An accommodation choice to consider right along this beach would be Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort which could be regarded as a pleasingly located Koh Samui luxury hotel.


Forgetting to bring sunscreen

Since Thailand features a sunny tropical climate you will experience plenty of sunshine during your stay in the country. You may at first think that this is great, but if you happen to be a native of a cooler climate you may experience sunburn. To avoid this problem, make sure to bring plenty of effective sunscreen and wide-brimmed sunhats to stave off the bright sun. When possible, you should also avoid being exposed to the sun at midday when it is at its brightest.


Renting a non-air-conditioned vehicle

Although it may be tempting to save money by renting a relatively cheap vehicle for your exploration of Thailand, such a move may be ill-advised. Many visitors would be uncomfortable in such a vehicle lacking air-conditioning during the midday heat. Therefore, to avoid this kind of discomfort, you would be well-advised to choose a rental car that has good air-conditioning. Since you are likely to find plenty of choices when it comes to rental cars, you will have the opportunity to select a vehicle that suits your requirements well.

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