Bangkok; a great city in Southeast Asia, is a tourist favorite and one of the most visited cities in the world, attracting up to 40 millions traffic in recent years. As a city filled with cultural and spiritual places and thousands of great street food, Bangkok will surely make you fall in love.
However, there are things you should avoid in Bangkok, to make sure that your holiday stays memorable. After all, we all want to be conscious travelers, and it is very important that we respect the local customs and behave properly wherever we go. As the saying 'When in Rome, do as the Romans do', here are seven things your should not do, when in Bangkok.
A home to almost 9 million people and 5 million cars, traveling around in Bangkok requires you to do a smart calculation. Traffic is fairly heavy in the main streets and intersections throughout the day and may spike to its worst during the rush hours. For this reason, you definitely want to time your schedule well, especially if you’re enroute to airport to catch your next flight or have other important travel plans to stick to. Allow a few extra hours into your calculations or refer to your map for better estimate.
Since the traffic in Bangkok can get tricky, it’s best to keep your wits with you when it comes to transportation choices. We recommend you to embrace the Bangkok BTS trains. It can be intimidating to try the rail systems, but it is undoubtedly the best way to explore many places in Bangkok. Alternatively, taxis are cheap and abundant, but make sure you only get in one with the meter on, or hire online taxis from your apps. Tuk-tuk is convenient and pretty cheap, especially if you travel short distance. Just negotiate before hopping on and hold onto your hats because these buggy rides go fast!
Super cheap tour package? A free ride out of nowhere? A guide suddenly appearing with lucrative deals? Half price massage or car rent? Hold your horses! If a deal is too good to be true, then most likely it is not as it seems.
We recommend that you book your travel plans only with reputable and trusted providers, either on the spot or through online services. Ask around to be sure or get information from the hotel concierge for better judgements.
Bargaining and price haggling is part of the fun when you’re shopping in the streets of Bangkok. In fact, it is the number one rule that you put your skills to the test–otherwise you’ll be overcharged. Still, do not negotiate too low because it is considered insensitive and rude. Know your price range and if you can’t reach a deal, just shake your head and walk away politely.
Bangkok is generally a safe place to visit. However, it is not 100% immune to tourist dangers, especially if you end up in the wrong parts of the city. Avoid entertainment area that is known for its infamous sex-related shows such as Patpong or bars and clubs in shady places.
Thailand is primarily a Buddhist country, thus monks and temples are a part of common daily sight in Bangkok. As a tourist (and decent human beings), it goes without saying that one should not disrespect religion-related matters anywhere. Avoid touching/kissing, inappropriate clothing, or being careless during your visit to temples or holy sites. Equally important and revered by the people of Thailand is their King, so avoid bad-mouthing or making fun about the monarch in any insensitive manner as it is considered a serious crime.
Generally, Bangkok has a very relaxed attitude in terms of clothing and style. The only exception would be during your temple visit, which requires you to dress more appropriately. Avoid clothing with holes, tight fitting, revealing clothes, flip-flops and etc. Another tip is to dress like a local would, especially when you’re going shopping! Dressing too much (or too-touristy) will make you as an easy target for swindlers!
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Congratulations, Graduants! After years of grueling work and many sleepless nights studying, you're finally graduated! Taking photos to immortalize one of your biggest achievements in life is a necessity, but sometimes you might feel that taking the same old poses at the same old locations might be boring. Worry not, for we have compiled five ideas for your graduation shoots this year!
You spent days, nights, months and years in this space studying and working, but (most-importantly) you made new friends in the campus that would last forever. What better way to make the memories last forever than to capture your graduation shots right there at the place where very corner holds a special memory of your journey together.
As much as you spent your days in the campus, there must be nights and days where you walk and explore the city where you study, especially if you're studying overseas or in a different city. Walk down memory lane through your favourite shopping streets or the city's famous restaurant alley and capture your graduation photos in those spots.
Especially for you who go to school in world-famous or historic cities, you might want to take your graduation shots at the city's famous landmark. A picture speaks a thousand words and nothing tells a better university-life story than a picture (or lots of it) in London's Tower Bridge and Big Ben, NYC's Brooklyn Bridge and Liberty Island, or Tokyo Tower. Trust us, the picture will turn into a treasure to show your children in the future!
Friends are always needed to help you go through the rougher times of your college life, and capturing your graduation together with great photos is always a great way to make your friendship more memorable. However, as much as you enjoyed your time with your squad, there are always times when you had to fight your way through classes and lectures on your own. Celebrating your success in going through that and coming out on top with a solo photoshoot is not a bad idea!
By the time we graduated, we must have realized that our journey through college would never be possible without the support and love of our loved ones, be it our parents back home, or our significant others that supported us day to day, near or far. Celebrate your graduation by taking great photos with these most important people in your lives!
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