A List of Dos and Don’ts in ThailandKevin (เควิน) Khaosan
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DO ensure you have adequate travel insurance and that it covers both medical treatment and unexpected losses/expenses/theft.
DON’T carry anything through customs for anyone else unless you know the contents. Penalties for drug trafficking are severe.
DO follow common sense health precautions and check with your local doctor on current vaccination recommendations for travelling within Thailand.
DO take care of your valuables at all times and report any loss immediately to the nearest tourist police office.
DON’T buy gemstones or jewellery unless it is from a reputable dealer. Many sophisticated scams have sprung up over recent years. Whether the tout is dressed as a student, a monk or a policeman, identity card and all deal only with a registered gemstone dealer.
DO be careful with your passport. Be on guard against pickpockets or inadvertent loss.
DON’T overstay. Fines are imposed for each day you stay in Thailand beyond the date of the visa expiry, currently Baht 200 per day.
DO be careful when driving in Thailand. Only use car hire companies which offer full insurance coverage.
DO dress in a manner fitting to local custom and sensibilities.
DO respect Thai customs. While Thais are generally forgiving towards visitors disrepect towards images of Buddha or the Royal Family will not be tolerated.