If you want an exotic trip, why not choose Thailand? Though it might be costlier than heading to southern California or Miami, you'll have memories (and photographs!) that will wow your friends and family for years to come.
As you plan your priceless journey, just remember to keep a few factors in mind:
Thailand Visit Tip #1: Learn about Thai food
When you get to Thailand, you'll no doubt be trying a great deal of Asian cuisine. Thus, it would behoove you to try some of the more common Thai dishes before you set off on your journey. If you live near a large city, you no doubt have access to any number of Thai restaurants. When you go, ask the servers or proprietor(s) about authentic Thai fare. That way, you'll be able to prepare your palate for your visit.
If you're not able to make it to a Thai eatery, you can always check out a book on Thai cooking from the local library (or purchase one in your Barnes and Noble or Borders bookseller.) This way, you can try your hand at creating some of the culinary delights you'll be feasting on during your time in Thailand.
Thailand Visit Tip #2: Dress for the temperature and weather conditions
Because the Internet affords you the opportunity to find out about weather anywhere in the world, make sure you jump online during the days before you leave for your visit to Thailand. That way, you'll know exactly what to pack (and what not to wear). Nothing is worse than being in a country where you don't know the language and are feeling physically uncomfortable because you're dressed inappropriately.
Thailand Visit Tip #3: Go to your doctor
Before traveling overseas, it's best for you to get a full physical at your doctor. Why? First of all, you really should have an annual appointment, anyway. But secondly, you don't want to have a health emergency when you're overseas.
Your physician may also prescribe a variety of shots or suggestions for healthy eating regimens while you're in Thailand. Make sure you bring a notepad and jot down all his or her comments.
Thailand Visit Tip #4: Get your passport in advance
Many people traveling to countries such as Thailand forget to order their passports until too late. In all the excitement, this important "to do" is entirely forgotten.
Rather than waiting until the last minute, make sure that you get your passport immediately, because it can take some time to receive in the mail. In fact, you might even want to get your passport before you book your flights to and from Thailand, just to be on the safe side. (And your passport will last many years, so even if you have to put off your Thailand trip for a year or two, your passport will still be good.)
By taking a few precautions, you can ensure that your time in Thailand will be well-spent and will result in a meaningful vacation that you'll recall with fondness for the rest of your life.
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