My pictures are up, including some pictures of what are now my two favorite airports in Bangkok and S. Korea.Â I hope I get back to both – countries and airports.Â I feel like I only saw some of the surface of Thailand, and now I definitely want to return.Â There is something quite magical about the country. I missed whole parts of the show – I stayed in every night being that I was a single female traveling alone. Not that it didn’t feel safe, but it would be easy enough to become a target.Â Next time I will hopefully travel with someone.
Lessons for traveling in Thailand:
- Carry toilet paper and a change of clothes.
- Keep your camera ready all the time.
- Cover your shoulders and your knees.
- Bring respectful clothes (full-length pants and modest shirts) for the temples.
- Bargain but do it politely.
- People will bow to you.Â Bow back.
- Private tours are more expensive, but they are also much better.
- Be curious – Thailand is a lot different from the US.
- Expect surprises.
- Thailand has a lot of smells.Â Savory, sweet, and downright awful. They often mix.Â Be prepared.
- In good hotels, there are power outlets that work with American plugs.Â Probably not in most other places.
- Best to get a hotel on the river in Bangkok.
- Learn to do the math converting bhat to dollars in your head.
- Go ahead and tip.Â It won’t cost you much, and isn’t even necessarily expected, but many of the people helping you are poor.
- Avoid driving or using roads if you can.Â They’re crowded.Â Use the river when possible.
- Carry sunscreen.
- Carry toilet paper and a change of clothes.Â Just a reminder.