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5 Thai Myths You Shouldn’t Believe In

Debunking and explaining Thailand tourism myths

When you work long hours and have a lot of work to do during the year, your vacation may seem like a piece of your own personal paradise. If you’re an adventurer, then the list of locations you want to visit is probably quite long. But, if you’re just thinking about going to some exotic location for the first time, you need to do some research.

Thailand is one of the most popular exotic touristic locations in the world. It has quite a lot to offer, for all types of people. If you haven’t been there, you definitely should, but there are also quite a lot of myths about it. If some of those myths are what’s keeping you from checking out Thailand, we have some good news – most of them are completely fabricated. Here’s a list of some of the most popular fake myths about Thailand.

Thailand tourism myths you shouldn't believe in
Avoid confusion on your holiday in Thailand by examining these 5 Thailand tourism myths

1. You Can Bargain for Everything

One of the first things that come to mind when you think about exotic eastern markets is bargaining. People think that bargaining is a part of every Asian culture, but it’s not entirely true. You can bargain with some street vendors and in some markets, but trying to get something for half of its price is hardly going to happen in Thailand. You should keep in mind that Thailand is still developing, and their prices are quite reasonable. If you think you can save quite a lot by trying to lower the actual prices, you probably won’t have a great time.

2. Ice Can Make You Sick

There’s this myth about Thai tap water that has been circulating around the web for ages. The truth about Thai water and ice is quite different. While there are certain parts of Thailand that have problems with water supply, most of the Thailand’s water is perfectly healthy. The myth about the ice is even sillier when you take into consideration the fact that almost everyone in Thailand gets their ice from certified vendors who use filtered and absolutely clean water. So, don’t worry about those ice cubes in your cocktail, they won’t harm you at all.

3. Everything is Extremely Cheap

This myth is based on some true facts from the past. Back in the ‘90s, holiday accommodation in Bangkok was fairly cheap and, while the capital was already very big, it was more affordable to western tourists. Nowadays, things are quite different. Although backpackers can still find relatively cheap rooms in Bangkok, the general standard in Thailand has increased, and so have the prices. As with any other place in the world, you can find a way to make your stay in Thailand quite budget-friendly, but if you’re planning on enjoying the nightlife and traveling around the country, make sure you have the extra buck.

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Thai cuisine can be an exotic eating experience, which you can enjoy with chopsticks
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4. It’s Obligatory to Tip Everyone

When you visit India and some other countries in general vicinity of Thailand, you soon learn that their culture requires you to tip everyone. Drivers, waiters, and any other kind of service workers expect a tip from you. This is not the case with Thailand. Thailand has a rich and hospitable culture, Thai people are very open and welcoming, and they expect somewhat of the same behavior from you. If you’ve received an amazing service, whether it’s a taxi driver or from some of the great Thailand hotel deals and service providers, you should leave a tip. Not because you have to, but because you simply should.

5. You Must Know How to Use Chopsticks

Even though chopsticks are somewhat of a symbol for Asia, this doesn’t mean that you must know how to use them. You would be surprised how many Thais eat their food with regular cutlery. The fact is that a spoon and fork are the most commonly used types of cutlery in Thailand. Chopsticks are usually reserved for noodle dishes.

Wrapping It Up

So, there you have it. These were just some of the false Thai myths. There are a lot of myths like these about basically any place in the world, but if your dream is to visit Thailand, or any other country – do your research beforehand, but double check all the information. It will take you a long way.

Leila Dorari

Leila Dorari is a freelance writer and self-improvement enthusiast from Sydney. Currently, she is spreading the word on useful tips and tricks that can help travelers enjoy exploring every bit of our planet. In her spare time, she is either window shopping or exploring new ways to make her life more meaningful.

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