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Do and Don'ts in Thailand

Do remember the following things:

1) Always be respectful

Always be respectful towards the locals, monks or Buddha images.You can end up in jail if you try being disrespectful towards Buddha images as they are sacred in Thailand.

2) Dress in a proper way

I know, it's hot and humid. Especially, for women, you would rather walk with your shorts and tank tops. However, that is not a very good idea if you are planning to visit temples or sacred places. At the very least, try to cover your knees and shoulders.Remember, this simple act shows that you respect the culture of the country.

3) Do lower your body slightly

It is again having to do with being respectful. As you can see respect is a huge thing in most Asian countries.

4) Do take off your shoes

Don't forget to take off your shoes when you are entering someone's house or building which has a Buddha image within.

5) Try to learn some of the basic phrases at least

It won't be that hard to know how to say hello. Men say "Sawatdee-krap" and women say "Sawatdee-kah". Try to recognise the "wai" gesture.You as a foreigner are not expected to initiate the "wai" gesture, but if someone offers it first to you, try to return it back. However, never return a "wai" to a child, waiter, clerk, etc. Simply nod and smile in response.

The followings are not advisable in Thailand:

1) Never be disrespectful

Do not show any disrespect towards the locals, the royal family, monks, just never towards anybody.

2) Never try to touch the head

It is a very disrespectful act, even if you mean it as a joke. Head is sacred in Thailand.

3) Never cross your legs

Especially in front of elderly or monks do not cross your legs. It applies whether you are sitting on the floor or in a chair.

4) Never pass anything with your left hand.

Also, never point with your hand and never, never with one finger.

5) Try not to be so affectionate in Public

It is a taboo to touch the opposite sex in Public. Please refrain yourself from being too intimate or affectionate towards your partner in public.

6) Do not, I repeat, do not touch a woman publicly without her consent

As I have mentioned before, touching the opposite sex is still a taboo in Thailand. A lot of people in Thailand still believe that a woman can lose her face if she is being touched publicly.

7) Don't take Buddha images out of the country

Unless you get special permission, it is strictly against the law to bring Buddha images out of the country. Of course, you can easily buy them there, but try to avoid unnecessary problem.

However, these are only some general things that you need to be aware of when you are in Thailand. I hope these do's and don'ts can help you in some ways. Enjoy your stay in Thailand!




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3 Budget Tips On Finding A Vacation Home

Spending time in a comfortable holiday home can be extremely relaxing and refreshing. Moreover, if you can stay at a beautiful vacation home without overstretching your budget, there is nothing like it. This article explains how you can achieve a harmonious balance between the two. Follow these three simple tips to get your dream holiday home within your budget.

Do your research

Research is very important if you want to get a beautiful vacation house within budget. Since actually going out into the field and doing a survey from the ground up would take a lot of time, the Internet is a good place to start. You will find several tourist sites, social media pages and discussion blogs where tourists review and rate various aspects of their holiday homes. This will give you a fair idea of which features of a vacation home appeal the most to visitors. In this way, you will know which aspects of the house should be high on your priority list. You will also get to know the areas and neighborhoods where the most beautiful homes are available.

The research will also show various agents and property knowledgeable dealers with insight into the market and know whom you can approach with your query.

Trial the vacation house first

At first glance, every house will look like the perfect investment. However, do not get fooled. Photographers and editors work meticulously by choosing camera angles, lighting and even photo editing tools when publishing photographs of holiday homes in travel magazines and brochures. Take the sensible route and visit the house several times before settling on it. The house should be comfortable and exciting enough to make you want to visit the place regularly and to commit to it long-term. Remember that once you have made the investment, it will be difficult to offload the property, and you may not have the time to do that. Make sure that you are comfortable with the location, amenities, neighborhood, scenery, and structure of the house before making the purchase.

New houses last longer

The design of vacation houses is to be beautiful and aesthetic. However, not all of this beauty comes without effort. A lot of effort goes into the upkeep and maintenance of the house. If you want to avoid this hassle, in the end, opt for a newer property since an older house will pose more frequent maintenance issues.

Moreover, if you plan to rent out your property, you will need to make frequent repairs and upgrades to keep your property hot on the property market. This involves making plumbing and electrical repairs, upgrading the fittings, landscaping the lawns, and regular maintenance. Be prepared to invest the time and money into this effort to continue to enjoy the benefits of your holiday home.

A beautiful vacation home comes with its own set of expenses but does not necessarily have to cost an arm and a leg. Being ready with the correct information and realistic expectations, you can certainly find the holiday home for the price you are willing to pay.



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The Perks Of Luxury Cruises

Luxury cruises are on the rise, and it looks like they can't be stopped. Over the last ten years, there has been 23% more growth in cruise vacations than their land-based counterparts. This growth has been helped by the fact that 80% of people who have been on a cruise stated that they would go again. And with the ever-growing range of perks available to luxury travelers, who can blame them?

Personalized Chef Service

Chefs on luxury cruise ships will respond to your personal food cravings. Want to try Capri's famous ravioli Caprese while you float in the island's crystal-clear waters? The ship's multi-skilled staff will bring it to life for you.

Butler Service That Belongs In A Stately Home

The majority of luxury cruises will allocate a member of staff who will be responsible for, well, whatever you need during your journey, from mailing postcards to planning in-room cocktail parties. They'll also transport your luggage directly to your room and straight to your car when you disembark.

Hypoallergenic Living

Dealing with allergies on holiday can ruin that care-free, no-work-for-me feeling. Luxury liners provide the option of booking an entirely hypoallergenic room, meaning that you can enjoy your luxury experience to the fullest.

Poolside Luxury

When you're on a luxury cruise, you don't just relax by the pool - you can have a full-scale spa service. Whether you'd just looking to have a manicure or a full body massage, your ship's team of masseuses and beauticians have got you covered.

Endless Gaming

A lot of cruise liners also offer an endless gaming option, while you are booking your cruise you can opt for this and make a pre-booking for the casino or take a membership that will last while you are on the cruise.

Happy Hour At Any Hour

Many of the luxury cruise liners include unlimited drinks as part of your cabin price, meaning that you can just relax and enjoy that glass of champagne at sunset. You are on holiday, after all.

The key to enjoying your cruise holiday is to book the right one. Make sure you look around before making a booking. This is your little bit of indulgence, and you need to make sure you have a holiday that's right for you. Whether you want to take a river cruise, sail around the Mediterranean or even take a world tour, do some research and make sure your cruise takes you where you want to go. But don't wait too long - with many cruises on special offer at the moment, this might be the moment to book.




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