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Smart travel tips for Bangkok, Thailand

When exchanging currency in Bangkok, Thailand, it is difficult not to find modest attractions. However, there are some tips to make travel dollars stretch even more and improve your travel experience.

The Great Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Yes, there is an entrance fee (200 baht, about $ 6), but this sight is a must see for every visitor to Bangkok. Here is a number of Thai architecture.

Temples and other national monuments have a strict dress code. Neither shorts, sleeveless tops, nor risky dresses. This applies to most religious places in the world, but in Thailand travelers should also not wear sandals with open heels (behind the heel should be a strap).

Thai customs

Which leads to some Thai customs observed by savvy travelers.

Shorts are considered suitable only for children and low class.

The head is considered sacred (closer to heaven), so do not touch. In fact, try not to touch the locals at all.

Legs should also be treated with caution. Aiming one’s feet at a person is considered a serious insult and sitting with a sole prone very roughly (especially in religious places). Sit with your feet thrown under your body.

No public displays of commitment. Keep this for the privacy of your room.

Like most countries, especially Thailand, they do not criticize local government or the monarchy.

This may seem like a lot of rules, but most apply to almost every country the guest is in.

Also, the people of Thailand are extremely polite, so they are unlikely to express their dissatisfaction.

Chatuchak Market Weekend Park

This is where frugal travelers buy their souvenirs. With over 15,000 kiosks (pick up a free card at information kiosks), there’s plenty to choose from. This is a place to trade. Never accept the first offer. Also be very wary of fakes (fake antiques, fake jewelry, etc.) and pocket pockets (keep small bills in an easily accessible pocket and hide your wallet away).

What to buy? Virtually everything, especially handicrafts. My mom is an elephant lover, and in Thailand the animal is respected – the perfect place to pick up teak carvings (be careful to dry and crack the wood when you get home).

Wat Pha (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

With another very, very inexpensive entrance fee (20 baht), Wat Pho is the largest and oldest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. The highlight is, of course, the 46-meter gold covered with Buddha gold. However, the buildings, and I found orchids, were also noteworthy.

Bangkok is a paradise for trade hunters. Attractions, canteens and shops are inexpensive.