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
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.
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?