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How do you decipher whether or not you are a true expert on the Land of Smiles? Before boasting of your local status, check out the 17 things you have to have done to be a true Thailand expert.
From buses to the BTS skytrain, you cannot claim the title of being a true Thai expert without having taken at least one form of public transportation, specifically in Bangkok. In addition to this, visitors must have spent at least a few hours in the capital’s relentless traffic in order to earn themselves this title, as well.
Kaithoeys, or ladyboys, are as prevalent in Thailand as traffic during rush hour in Bangkok. For the most part, Thailand’s transgender population is widely accepted here, with venues dedicated to entire shows put on by this vibrant community.
Muay Thai, or Thai boxing, is the country’s national sport. It is one of the deadliest forms of martial arts, however, trainers are sure to take it easy on visitors entering the ring.
Khon song (mediums) and mor phi (spirit doctors) help Thais decipher their future, and you are not a true expert on Thailand until you’ve joined in on the fortune telling fun.
There is nothing more exhilarating than hopping on the back of a motorbike taxi in Thailand. True experts will find themselves sitting sideways with their legs dangling from the side.
Forget the traditional grocery stores found around Thailand: the local food markets are where the best ingredients are found. Not only is there a better variety of ingredients, but it is also exponentially cheaper to purchase groceries from here than anywhere else.
Thailand’s temples are surely stunning, but visitors will slowly watch as each Buddhist temple starts to look the same after a while. The term for this, we believe is, ‘templed out.’
Whether it is a local Thai beer or whiskey and coke visitors are enjoying, only true Thailand experts will indulge in these drinks with a bucket of ice in tow. It is strangely refreshing.
Visitors are normally enthralled with Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok… until they got lost in the thousands upon thousands of stalls. That being said, some experts are thrilled to get lost in this market, and they even come across a few noteworthy finds along the way.
Words like “hello” and “thank you” can only last visitors so long before a larger vocabulary is needed. Experts will know how to say everything from, “I want to be drunk,” to “I’m single,” in Thai and will surely benefit from the lack of language barrier, as well.
Khao San Road is the infamous stretch of street filled with foreigners and buckets upon buckets of booze. Many Thailand experts will avoid the street altogether, but even bigger experts will find that not only can they frequent the road but do so without having a massive hangover the next day.
You are surely an expert traveler in Thailand if you have mastered the overnight forms of transportation. From bumpy, overnight buses to surprisingly comfortable trains, only experts of Thailand utilize these cheap forms of transportation instead of taking a more expensive flight.
The red light districts in Thailand are known for scamming curious visitors. Those who are able to visit these seedy areas without getting a bill for an ungodly amount of baht know they are a true Thailand expert.
Thais oftentimes greet one another with this question: “Gin cow laeo yang?” This means, “Have you eaten yet?” Thai cuisine and indulging in it is a big deal here, and those who do not learn to cook at least one of these dishes are not an expert on Thailand.
Most tourists shy away from man’s best friend found on the streets when they first arrive in the Land of Smiles. While it is always better to be safe than sorry, many a true Thailand expert will find themselves adopting one of these homeless dogs before departing the country: you cannot help but fall for them.
Locals love meals on the go, particularly those dishes that are easily eaten on a stick. If visitors have dined on their fair share of stabbed dishes, they are well on their way to becoming an expert on Thailand.
Whether visitors are having a massage or in any public place with a television really, they are bound to come across a Thai soap opera being played. They are normally broadcasted during prime-time hours, and many of the locals will huddle around to watch the dramatic ordeal unfold on their television screens.