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10 things you should know about Thailand
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“So close, yet so far,” is the idiom that comes to mind when comparing the cultures of Malaysia and her neighbour Thailand. Sitting right above Malaysia is The Land Of Smiles, where many newlyweds have ventured to for honeymoons and explorers their first dives. The stories about her beautiful islands and the nation’s hospitality are abundant, egging many to want to create their own; so if you do end up finding yourself planning a trip up to Thailand anytime soon, here are 10 things you should know about Malaysia’s neighbour first. -- http://ph.news.yahoo.com/

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Braces Are A Status Symbol

A population of teenagers and young adults in Thailand fit on fake dental braces, also known as vanity braces, as a symbol of status. The faux oral accessories (which come in an array of colours and designs) serve no correcting purposes but is, however, associated with wealth as real orthodontic braces are a costly luxury here. Due to health reasons and cases of death, Thai authorities have now banned these fake braces.

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Fancy Ketchup On Pizza?

Don’t be surprised if a bottle of ketchup is handed to you after you’ve successfully placed a pizza order; even pizza delivery in Thailand comes with ketchup packets! Yes, Thai people eat pizza with ketchup. It is also normal for Thais to put mayonnaise on their pizzas so go ahead and try that when in Thailand to fully experience the culture!

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Thais Use The Six-Hour Clock
       
If you thought the twelve-hour-clock and the twenty-four-hour-clock were more than enough conventions of timekeeping to know, meet the six-hour-clock – it counts twenty-four hours a day but divides the day up into four six-hour quarters, with each quarter having differing Thai terms, especially used in verbal communication. This traditional timekeeping system was formerly used in Lao and Khmer language.

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Gasoline Sold In Whisky Bottles

When travelling in Thailand, be careful not to mistake bottles of gasoline for bottles of whisky! Walk down a street and you might just stumble upon roadside stalls that sell gasoline in whisky bottles. While Thailand is equipped with gas stations, these roadside stalls cater more to the motorcyclists in rural areas and small towns. Gasoline is usually sold by half a litre and one litre.

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Trash Bins Made Out Of Tyres

The unconventional-looking trash cans around and outside residences in Thailand are frequently observed yet missed by many. Upon closer look, travellers will find garbage bins that are made out of recycled car tyres staring back at them. Further exploration will have travellers even more surprised at the sight of complete furniture sets made out of recycled tyres.

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Respecting The Thai National Anthem

When in Thailand, try to disguise your shock at the sight of Thais dropping whatever it is they’re busy doing, to stand up at the sound of the Thai national anthem being played over the loudspeakers – this is done so twice a day, once at 8:00AM and once more at 6:00PM. Your best bet at this point is to take cue from the Thais and follow suit. You should also do this before the start of every movie screened in Thai cinemas, whereby a royal anthem paying homage to the king is played (you will also notice pictures of the king on the screen).

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Dressing Appropriately For Temple Visits

If you plan to make temple visits in Thailand, do take careful note of your dressing – conservative dressing is advised, with shoulders and knees covered. In places of worship, one must be respectful, especially when it comes to flash photography; women must also be weary not to touch a monk at any given moment. A tip for women – bring along a lightweight scarf that you can drape around your shoulders and knot at the front for temple visits.

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Taxis Are Cheaper Than Tuk-Tuks

In city centers and metropolitan areas such as Bangkok, hailing a taxi will result in a lower fare as compared to riding a tuk-tuk. You may encounter taxi drivers who try to negotiate flat rates; it is important to make sure that the taxi driver uses the fare meter instead. In the case that you do decide to take a tuk-tuk, do note that prices for rides must be negotiated in advance.

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The “Temple Closed” Scam

As with all other countries, The Land Of Smiles does not exist without scam – some will even have that smile stripped away in a blink of an eye. Refrain from purchasing jewellery at street stalls and be very weary of what many call the “temple closed” scam. Upon hailing a tuk-tuk or being approached by a tuk-tuk driver, the driver will inform tourists that the temple (or the tourist’s desired destination) is closed and will then suggest alternative sites to visit; the driver will then take his victim to souvenir shops and gain commission if his victim purchases something.

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It Is Year 2556 In Thailand

Technically, it is the year 2556 in Thailand. Why? Thailand uses the Bhuddist Era (B.E.), which is 543 years ahead of the regular calendars the rest of the world is accustomed to. Thailand’s traditional New Year’s Day, which was so, up until 1940, is celebrated from 13-15 April through what is called The Songkran Festival. While Thailand has since moved the New Year to 1 January, celebrations where families and friends gather to visit temples while sprinkling water on Buddha images and each other have continued on, with Songkran being a national holiday.


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