Deciding to move to a foreign country can be a big decision, especially when you’re moving to a faraway country on the other side of the world, with a different culture from what you’re used to.
But if you’re thinking of making the big move to the land of smiles, you probably want to be prepared, and know what to expect.
Here are a few things you should know before moving to Thailand.
Learn the language
One of the most important things to do before moving to any country is learning the language and Thailand is no different. Though so many people, especially in urban areas can speak a little English, not many people can speak English well.
It’s important to learn a few Thai words like hello ( Sawasdee pronounced “Sah-wah-dee”)… Thank you (Khob khun)… or “where is the bathroom” (hong-naam-yoo-tee-nhai), and be able to hold a basic conversation. It’ll make your transition much easier.
The locals are quite friendly
Thai people are extremely friendly and welcoming. It’s even better when you’re a foreigner. They’re always ready to help, and do a good job at making you feel welcome in your new environment.
If you know a handful of Thai words, they’re fun to have a conversation with and almost everybody walks around with a smile on their face.
It’s called the land of smiles for a reason, right?
The food is delicious
Thai food is renowned for its exoticism. Though it may be a bit spicy, it makes for a good meal. It’s also quite cheap compared to the cost of food in other countries around the world, including the US.
Thai food is fresh, healthy and permit me to mention this again, spicy. Just to give you an idea, Thai pepper is about 15-20 times hotter than the average Jalapeno pepper. Don’t think you know Thai food because you’ve been eating at Thai restaurants around the world. The local Thai food is prepared with way more love, zest, and of course, spice.
Some meals you should try out are Tom Kha Gai, Khao Soi, Gaeng Keow Wan Gai, Tom Yum Goong (this one has a “Yum” in it)
The best part is you don’t have to go far to get them since there are restaurants and street food vendors on every corner.
Have some cash in hand
Although most big organizations will let you pay with your credit card, you’ll need cash for almost every other payment you have to make. Make sure you have enough cash to last you till you’re able to open an account. 1 U.S dollars is about 30 Thai Baht so you can have this in mind when making your plans.
This is one of the biggest reasons a lot of people fall in love with Thailand. Thai festivals are colorful and amazing to behold. There’s noise, smoke, fireworks, costumes, and sheer excitement everywhere.
You should definitely not miss the Songkran festival since it’s the biggest, longest, and most fun festival in Thailand. It’s a festival for the celebration of the Thai new year. Songrakan is a 3-day (Honestly, it usually lasts the whole week) water fight that takes place everywhere in the country, starting 13th April. You’ll see people with water guns, buckets, hose pipes, and just anything that can hold water walking around and splashing water on each other.
Songrakan originated from the Buddhist religion where purification is symbolized by a sprinkling of water but with time, it became more playful.
The festival is timely since April is the hottest part of the year in Thailand so getting wet might just be a great way to cool off.
The weather is great
If you’re a lover of sun and fun, Thailand is just the place for you.
Thai weather may vary across different parts of the country but it’s generally warm. The rainy season (wet monsoon) which lasts between May and October, comes with heavy showers but most times they’re brief.
The rest of the time is the dry season (dry monsoon). This is the best time to visit Thailand as it’s hot and sunny with blue skies that make for a perfect time to engage in outdoor activities.
Getting accommodation can be tricky
Accommodation in Thailand is less expensive compared to the US. It should cost you about 2,500-4,000 baht per month ($84-$134) to rent a one room apartment in a Thai-style building.
There is also a wide range of choices, from villas to apartment blocks to local traditional homes. It all depends on what you want.
One thing worthy of note is it’s best to go with a local, or anybody that speaks Thai if you’re not very good at it. That’s because the landlord may try to rip you off.
Leave unnecessary items back home
If you’re the type to pack heavy for a journey because you want to have everything you need, save yourself the stress.
Thailand is filled with markets and malls of different sizes where you can buy everything you’ll need, so it’s best to pack light.
Healthcare is top-notch
Thailand has one of the best hospitals doctors and dentists in Asia. You can get quality services for a fraction of the price you pay at home so you don’t have to worry about an emergency.
Lots of outdoor destinations
There are lots of places to visit in Thailand and an efficient transport system to get you there.
You’ve got places like Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Bangkok… Wat Phra Singh, Chiang Mai… Lumpini Park, Bangkok… Dio Suthep, Chiang Mai… Cham Am beach, Hua Hin… Pranburi Mangrove Forest, Hua Hin… and the ancient city of Ayutthaya.
Whatever your idea of a good outing, Thailand’s got you covered.
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