If you have been on or are considering a Thailand holiday, make sure you do not get caught up in misconceptions about the Land of Smiles.
In the day and age of the internet, everyone seems to have an opinion on everything. And seldom do they let objectivity or truth get in the way of a good trolling session. The multitude of websites devoted to a Thailand holiday and other holiday destinations around the world is great for finding out information. But also spawns many misconceptions about Thailand and Thai culture. Some of which really affect the attitude and opinion of people who have never spent much time in the Kingdom.
Here are 4 misconceptions about holidaying in Thailand that is not just wrong, but way wrong!
Ice in your drinks will make you sick – Thailand Holiday Misconception
From what I gathered, ice in your drink makes it cold, and doesn’t cause sickness! You will always hear the old wife’s tale about how having ice in your drink could make you sick because they use untreated water or tap water to make ice. That is basically a load of BS. Don’t let it affect your Thailand holiday.
There are numerous companies throughout every area in Thailand that deliver ice directly to bars and restaurants, and the price is very inexpensive. Nobody uses infected water in Thailand to make ice. It’s a complete fallacy. Although you should always take care when eating or drinking anything you are not accustomed to in a country you have never visited before.
Thailand Is a Dangerous Place – Thailand Holiday Advice
Yet again, because Thailand is a popular holiday destination, every single issue that happens is generally overexposed across media outlets. It gives the impression that Thailand is a dangerous place. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have lived in both Pattaya and Phuket over the past decade and Thailand is quite a safe place. Especially when compared with American and US cities. Very seldom have I seen anything that makes me think Thailand is a dangerous place. There can be danger in any and every country in the world. If you attract trouble and danger, the problem is you, not Thailand!
Thailand has Undeveloped Infrastructure
Thailand gets a bad rap when it comes to being seen as a third-world nation. That is something else that is not true. Okay, if you live in some of the poorer parts of north-eastern Thailand, that could be an acceptable idiom. But the vast majority of large Thai cities and most definitely across its major tourism regions, the infrastructure is more than adequate.
With good motorway road systems, international schools and hospitals, world-class shopping centers, several international airports, top-notch and upscale eateries, and much much more, Thailand can be quite a modern and cosmopolitan place to holiday or live. There are a number of reasons why so many ex-pats live in the major tourism areas, and quality infrastructure is one of them. If you are thinking of a Thailand holiday, don’t worry about the lack of infrastructure.
Thai People Have Promiscuous Sexual Attitudes
This attitude again is born out of ignorance and couldn’t be farther from the truth. A stroll around Walking Street in Pattaya might make you think otherwise. But generally, in Thai society, sex is a taboo subject and the people are quite reserved in terms of sexuality. Don’t be fooled by the sex trade, because in essence, most Thai people want it to disappear completely.
If you are thinking of coming on a Thailand holiday or are in the early stages of living here, don’t believe the misconceptions. Everything you and read and half of what you see is not real. Apart from this blog of course!
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