If you are hoping to visit Thailand, seeing the country like a local is a great way to make the most of your experience, and really soak up the culture.
Feet Do Travel share 5 ways to enjoy Thailand like a local.
You don’t have to be fluent in the local language, but learning some Thai basics will go a long way in making your visit more enjoyable and memorable. Consider an online course to help you get to grips with some Thai basics, as nothing makes you feel like a local than speaking the language.
Not only will it make communication much easier, but locals will appreciate that you have made an effort to learn some of their language.
Avoid the Resorts
Whilst experiencing the big cities and popular resorts in Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai are definitely worth it, why not consider a stay in one of the country’s rural villages?
Being away from the popular tourist areas is the best way to truly experience Thailand like a local. You can find companies that work with local families who will be your host for the duration of your stay.
Everywhere you go in Thailand you will find many must-try dishes, and delicious street food. However not many tourists know how to cook Thai cuisine like a local.
During your stay in Thailand, learning how to cook some of your favourite dishes is an authentic way to immerse yourself into the local culture. There are many amazing cooking schools and classes to choose from offering a range of courses. Whether you want to make Thai Curry, Pad Thai, or if you want to learn a whole new range of Thai culinary skills, learning to cook Thai food will be an unforgettable experience.
Eat Street Food
Street food in Thailand tastes so good, and because it’s very cheap, it’s the main diet for most of the locals. Thailand street food should not to be missed, and you may find some of the tastiest dishes throughout your entire stay at one of these roadside stalls. With many diverse options to choose from, there is something to suit every palette.
No visit to a Thailand would be complete without a visit to one of its vibrant night markets.
At the market, do what locals do and haggle for the items you want to buy. Whether you’re looking for vintage treasures, the latest fashion trends or spices to make your own Thai dishes, don’t settle for the asking price - bargain! Make sure you haggle with a smile, and never be rude. Make haggling a fun part of your visit.
If you have learnt a few Thai words and phrases, you can use this to your advantage. Speaking the local language may mean you are able to haggle for a better price, however bear in mind this is the way people make their living, and how they feed their family.
Thailand is on many people’s travel bucket list. This exciting country has something for everyone, from a bustling city break, to relaxing on one of its stunning beaches. By immersing yourself into Thailand’s rich culture, you will experience a side which many tourists don’t get to see.
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