Thailand is an incredibly popular tourist destination for many westerners. If you have ever visited Thailand then it is incredibly easy to see why.
The country is steeped in such rich tradition and incredible pieces of natural beauty that it really must be seen to be fully appreciated.
Thailand is obviously not one of the only memorable countries in Asia, although it is certainly one of the most fascinating.
If truth be told you could visit Thailand having never read up about the country at all; you could discover and explore it as you find it. However a carefully planned trip would also give you the opportunity to take in all of the wonder that Thailand has to offer.
Everyone will come back from a certain country or an adventure with their own thoughts and feelings. Different places and experiences have various effects on us all; we are all made to feel slightly differently.
Although if you speak to anyone that has visited Thailand recently, then they will no doubt tell you about the food and the sights of beauty. I do promise you though, that nearly everyone will discuss the people.
The Thai people are known to be some of the friendliest in the entire world. They are extremely welcoming and kind to complete strangers, often expecting absolutely nothing in return.
So no visit to Thailand would really be complete without embracing the Thai culture and acknowledging the local people.
Learn the language
One of the best ways to integrate yourself into Thailand and gain the local’s respect is by learning (or at least attempting to) the language.
You will often find yourself much more respected and welcomed if you have made an effort to fit in and acknowledge the various common phrases.
You will find a huge number of resources online that will help you to learn key phrases such hello, how are you, do you speak English etc.
If you do decide to follow one of these online resources then we recommend you focus on a site which will help you learn ‘Central Thai’. This is the official language of the country and can sometimes be known as ‘Siamese’ (source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thai_language).
Be aware that this is a complex language to learn, and may take some time. There are many sounds and phrases with are hard for some westerners to actually pronounce correctly. These sounds are simply not present in the English language; therefore can present a challenge.
However if you take the time to learn, and most importantly practise; then you will without doubt reap the rewards that come from the people of Thailand.
Do not underestimate the potential benefits and advantages you will receive from learning key phrases. As you leave the more commercial areas of Thailand and enter rural areas to see some of the real wonders; it is obvious that there are less English speaking locals.
So by understanding the basics you will at least be able to communicate and operate within the area.
I do guarantee you one thing. If you put in the effort to appreciate Thailand, its culture and its language. You will reap the rewards 10 times over.