Thailand’s cuisine ranges from sweet to salty dishes, and includes bitter, sour and spicy delicacies. The staple food of th ... read more
What you need to know as a tourist of Thailand?
Thailand’s cuisine ranges from sweet to salty dishes, and includes bitter, sour and spicy delicacies. The staple food of the country happens to be a jasmine rice which as important ingredient or side dish of most food items. The other famous elements of the cuisine include garlic, palm sugar, galangal, fish sauce and lemon grass. Since Thailand is a well-known tourist destination, it has quite a lot of ATMs that accept international credit and debit cards. And most restaurants and cafes, malls and hotels also accept these cards, except for small businesses and tax drivers who will expect to be paid in Baht.
Thailand is a medical tourism hotspot and it does offer good insurance and healthcare packages for travellers, although it is often meant for longer periods of stay. It is, however, advisable to get vaccinated before heading to the country. The tourism industry contributes a large chunk towards the economy of Thailand. It has often been the most visited country in Asia during the past few years.
The Visa requirements for Thailand are largely flexible and easy obtained. Most North American and European nations that are present on a list can obtain a Visa on arrival at any one of Thailand’ international airports or from an Embassy. An average backpacker’s budget in the country ranges from $ 37 depending accommodation, food, water, local transport and entertainment and any other miscellaneous expenditure. Shopping in the malls of Thailand, or at the ‘Night Bazaar’ can inflate the budget a little. The famous Thai massages and prostitution can also push up the prices depending on the location.
Apart from attracting tourists to visit the many Buddhist temples in the country, it is also well known for its festivals such as the Rocket Festival. The capital city of Bangkok is a shoppers’ destination with many markets with cheap prices.
How ecologically aware and developed is Thailand?
The country of Thailand's is also famous for its abundant wildlife and natural habitats. Among the fauna, the elephant is often considered to be the national symbol. Over time, the number of elephants in the country has dropped drastically. And the number of elephants being domesticated is also on the decline. The illegal act of poaching the elephants for their tusks which contain ivory as well as their meat and hides is still prevalent in the country. Young elephants are often captured for use in tourist attractions or as work animals. There are now more elephants in captivity than in the wild. To add to that, a governmental rule has helped prevent more elephants from being captured and domesticated as their treatment is very debauched.
Poaching of protected species still poses a major threat to the ecology of Thailand which is a major problem as eco-tourism in the country is on the rise. Some of the species of tigers, leopards, and other large cats have been decimated over time by the poachers and illegal hunters in the forests. Quite a few of these animals are reared in meat farms and used for food. Although such trade is illegal, the famous Bangkok market Chatuchak is still known for the sale of endangered species.
The Phitsanulok region of the country which is an ecological hotspot also houses four famous national parks, namely, Thung Salaeng Luang, Namtok Chat Trakan, Kaeng Chet Khwae and Phu Hin Rong Kla national parks. These have helped restore the ecological balance and environment of the region.