Hello everyone, I would like to share with you my experience in my travel in Thailand.
It is my first time to travel abroad and Thailand is my first destination. I did not know why I chose this country but my choice was a great choice. The reasons are below. Many of you might plan of visiting other ASEAN countries. Why not try visiting Thailand. Thailand is the “country of smile”/ I don’t know why they call it as that. Well, maybe because, Thais would just smile to foreigners because majority don’t know how to speak English or because they really are hospitable as Filipinos.
Thais are really fund to be with and they are very generous people.
I stayed in a friend’s house in Thailand and their Thai neighbor, almost everyday, gives food, rice, etc. According to my friend, they are really like that. They love giving something to a neighbor or friend. It is their custom to share what they have because they believe they will be blessed more if they give more.
While roaming around the streets, I can also see beggars along the streets in Pratunam area. There are people lying on the streets, some are singing, etc. Just very similar to Metro Manila. Wow! I was amazed when I see these things in a developed country like Thailand.
Thailand is however and in some points, cannot be compared with the Philippines. In Thailand, MRT and Sky Train Stations don’t have guards who would open your luggage, bags, etc. when you enter the stations. Even in the Malls. There are no guards at the entrance. People are very well disciplined and respectful to each other. Buses stop only at bus stops but on top of this, based on my observation, Thais, most especially those street vendors, they would “Mapagsamatala” to foreigners especially in the price.
If they know you are a “farang”, they would give you different price. They would trick you of the price. Of course the tag price are written in Thai alphabet so there is no chance for you to argue with the price.
It happened to me one time when I rode a taxi, the driver did not switch on the meter and when I asked him “no meter”? He said no meter and he asked me THB150 for the fare going to my destination but in that same destination, I only paid THB100 when the meter was turned on.
Filipinos and Thais have similarities in culture and customs.
I like buying fruits and vegetables in Thai market because they are comparably cheaper than what we have in the Philippines.
In my next post, I would tell you more about my travel in Thailand. Thank you for dropping by.