TIPS & RE­MINDERS

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The ex­change rate* for Thai­land baht to Philip­pine peso is about THB 1 to PHP 1.37.

The universal Thai greet­ing is “Sawadee,” fol­lowed by “ka” if the speaker is fe­male, and “kap” if the speaker is male. Say this along with the “wai,” a ges­ture that con­sists of plac­ing your hands in prayer po­si­tion at your chest and bow­ing your head.

Thais don’t speak English as well as Filipinos do, so ex­pect to do lots of point­ing and re­peat­ing your­self to be un­der­stood.

Thais love their roy­alty, so don’t mock the Thai Royal Fam­ily. At all.

If you plan on vis­it­ing tem­ples dur­ing your stay, make sure you pack cloth­ing that cov­ers your shoul­ders, el­bows, and knees.

When rid­ing taxis, al­ways in­sist that the driver turn on the me­ter, ex­cept when com­ing to and from the air­port—agree­ing on a rate with the driver is more ac­cept­able.

Learn to take the Sky­train (BTS) or the Sub­way (MRT) be­cause the traf­fic in Bangkok can be in­sane. It’s a good idea to get ac­com­mo­da­tions that are close to the BTS and MRT sta­tions to make go­ing around the city eas­ier.

In Bangkok, you’ll likely spot girls who look too per­fect for words. Keep in mind that there’s a huge chance they're "la­dy­boys." * as of press time, check again for an up­date

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