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Things to skip in Thailand

Don’t get me wrong, I love Thailand, but like any country, there’s just some places and activities to avoid. Since most of the time you only read about the must do activities, I figured it was time to share my thoughts on things to skip in Thailand.

Things to skip in Thailand

Pattaya

Unless you’re going to Thailand for certain reasons, you better skip Pattaya. It’s full of old european man with young Thai girls that they paid just a few dollars for. Everywhere you walk, flyers for pussy shows are pressed in your hands, and the streets are filled with sex bars. The entire city just feels wrong, and it was often that I felt disgusted and sick because of everything I saw. I know this is a touchy subject, but I think it’s very important to address these issues.

Visiting ‘Authentic’ Tribes

There’s a lot of different opinions about visiting the (not so) authentic hill tribes and long neck villages. When I went to Thailand on an organized trip, visits to some of the tribes were included in our itinerary. To me it seems really wrong to visit the villages. Tourists come and go, posing with the tribe people as if they’re a human attraction. They walk around like they’re in a museum, snapping pictures of everything. I personally feel, that visiting these tribes is intruding their privacy. When you really want to visit an authentic tribe (because they exist), do your research! An organized tour that brings you there within 20 minutes is not going to bring you to a village where no tourists have ever set foot in.

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Lop Buri

I absolutely hated Lop Buri haha! The Lonely Planet describes it as this nice village with a lot of monkeys everywhere. It’s true, they only forgot to mention how cheeky they are. You’ll definitely get attacked by a monkey. They are literally EVERYWHERE, and no, that’s not fun! The ruins aren’t that special either, just spend your precious time somewhere else 🙂

Cuddling tigers / riding elephants

This one is pretty clear, and I think very well known. But please don’t go cuddling tigers, how cute it might seem. Tigers are supposed to be wild animals, and not cute and sleepy so tourists can take pictures with theme. Regarding the elephants, do your research! The places where tourists are dropped with endless rows of busses are the ones to avoid. I recommend going to Woody’s Elephant Farm, but I’m sure some research will get you to some other animal friendly elephant farms 🙂

These are my suggestions on things to skip in Thailand, what do you recommend to skip?

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Naomi
    19/09/2015 at 11:01

    The last one: YESSSS! People need to realize how bad it is. I love these type of posts, it’s so easy to find things you should do, but not so much what you should avoid.

    • Reply
      Rianne
      08/10/2015 at 16:56

      Yeah, it’s so sad 🙁 I understand that people are tempted to do it though!

  • Reply
    Janiece
    08/10/2015 at 00:20

    Elephant riding has been on my bucket list for a while but i continuously heard about the tourist demand and poor conditions for the gentle giants. I did some research and posted ethical elephant sanctuaries in Thailand worth the extra mile. I really appreciate how you highlight that authentic tribes are not 20 minutes from the city and on guided tours. It’s easy to just want pictures rather than a real human experience.

    Thanks for this!

    • Reply
      Rianne
      08/10/2015 at 16:57

      Yes, so many people aren’t well informed about this! Good job for finding those ethical elephant sanctuaries! Hopefully the bad ones will start to disappear soon 🙂

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    Erika
    29/10/2015 at 21:00

    I’ve seen several bloggers talking about the elephant sanctuaries lately, and I’m really pleased that more people are drawing attention to this issue! So many travelers sign up for these things without really knowing or even thinking about the impacts, which is sad. I hadn’t heard much about the other items you mentioned. I’ve never visited Thailand, but I hope to someday soon.

    • Reply
      Rianne
      31/10/2015 at 19:41

      Yes I noticed that too! The only way to change this is by informing people about the circumstances from the animals! Hopefully you are able to go soon 🙂

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