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Staying Out of Trouble in Thailand

Staying Out of Trouble in Thailand

How to Stay Out of Trouble in Thailand

Thailand is one of the world’s travel destination gems and the most popular place to visit in Southeast Asia. It makes sense, as there is something for every tourist. Whether you choose to travel in luxury or on the cheap, the beaches, jungles, amazing food and interesting sites make Thailand a destination for people the world over! However, before you jump on the plane and head over, there are some very important (and some may say draconian) laws that you should know about. Nothing ruins a vacation like jail time, or being sentenced to death!

 

Passport Particulars

It’s very important to know that you must carry your passport with you at all times. Most of us are used to leaving our passports in a hotel safe when we leave to sightsee, but when you’re in Thailand, you must have it on your person wherever you go. Failure to produce your passport if asked for it by officials can lead to arrest!

 

Just Say No!

Heed the words of the late Nancy Reagan! When it comes to drugs, Thailand does not fool around. The law states:

Violators of laws related to illicit drugs, e.g., having and holding for use, or being a producer, seller, or transporter are subject to the death sentence.

Yes, you read that right. Being found with drugs can lead to the death sentence!

 

Drinking Diplomacy

Drinking alcohol is also illegal in the following locations in Thailand:

  • Temples or places of worship
  • Pharmacies
  • Public offices
  • Educational institutions
  • Gas stations
  • Public parks

The penalty for illegally drinking alcohol at one of the locations listed above is six months, and/or no more than a fine of ten thousand Baht (approx. $400.00). We strongly suggest saving “Miller Time” for, well, another time.

 

Thank You for Not Smoking

As of November 2017, Thailand has banned smoking on many beaches where tourists frequent, including Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chon Buri, and Songkhla provinces. Smoking is also prohibited in outdoor exercise spaces, sports training and playing facilities, public parks, zoos, amusement parks, markets and children’s playgrounds. Breaking the smoking ban can result in a 100,000 Baht fine, a 1 year prison time or both. We’d highly recommend going cold turkey!

 

Chew on this!

It’s actually a punishable offence to spit or throw used gum on the sidewalk or paved areas. If you get caught, the fine is close to 800 dollars, and if you try skipping the fine you can end up in jail! Maybe keep the Juicy Fruit at home?

 

The Panty Police

This is one of the stranger laws to be sure! It is actually illegal to leave the house without underwear. This is a law that would seem hard to enforce, but just to be on the safe side, put on a fresh pair of underwear before heading out for the day!

 

It’s Good to be the King

While this rule seems strange as well, we suggest you take it seriously! Making fun or voicing defamatory remarks about the king or other members of the Thai royal family can land you in jail for 3 to 15 years! So we highly recommend that you keep your thoughts regarding the monarchy to yourself!

 

Enjoy and Be Safe

Thailand is a wonderful and interesting place to visit and we highly recommend it! As with most countries in the world, it’s good to know the rules and laws in order to have a safe and incident-free trip! Knowing these key laws will ensure you have both!

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Must-Have Translation Apps

Must-Have Translation Apps

Must-Have Translation Apps for 2018!

We’ve all seen it. Many of us have done it. When trying to communicate in a foreign country, people seem to think that speaking loudly (in English) and waving and gesticulating wildly will somehow, magically bridge the vast communication gap. It doesn’t. If anything, it only serves to confuse, bewilder and bemuse poor unsuspecting locals.

 

Get to the Bathroom on Time!

It wasn’t that long ago when the language barrier was far harder to bridge. Waaaayyy back in the early 90’s when I was traveling through Europe, I had to schlep around many English to (fill in language here) dictionaries with me. Trying to ask locals a simple, yet mildly urgent, question would test their patience, as I frantically leafed through the pages trying to piece together a cogent phrase–more often than not, that phrase was “where is the bathroom,” which I usually managed to mangle. It’s embarrassing to have to resort to Charades to get that point across.

 

Indeed, getting lost in translation is common. The good news is that it no longer has to be this way! Which brings me to this week’s blog topic.

 

Travel with Confidence

The following apps will make your travels easier, more fun and, perhaps most importantly, allow you to travel the world with confidence knowing that you will be able to navigate languages with success (and get you to the bathroom on time).

Must-Have Translation Apps
Must-Have Translation Apps
Travel "APP"reciation tips from Travelsafe Clinic
Travel "APP"reciation tips from Travelsafe Clinic

Google Translate 

This is one of the best translation apps out there, as Google Translate supports more languages than the competition. Here are the stats:

Type to translate: 103 languages
Offline support: 52 languages
Real Time Video translation: 30 languages
Camera Mode: 37 languages
Speech-to-speech translation: 32 languages
Handwriting translation: 93 languages

It’s a free app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play!

 

iTranslate Voice 

This is a very cool translation app, as it translates what you say right after you say it! At the moment, it supports 44 languages and dialects. This app is as fun as it is useful. Downloadable from the App Store or Google Play.

 

Waygo

If you are traveling to Asia, this is the app for you! Wago instantly translates Chinese, Japanese and Korean characters with no data connection needed! One of the cool things it can do is Translate Chinese, Japanese and Korean characters using the camera on your smartphone! This app can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play!

 

TripLingo

This is the Swiss Army Knife of translation apps, as it combines a translator with language learning tools, cultural information, free international calls with wi-fi and much more! At the moment, TripLingo supports over 100 countries and offers instant voice translation in 42 languages.

Less Gesturing and Shouting!

We hope that these apps will make your next trip more enjoyable and less intimidating! You won’t need to gesture wildly or shout real loud anymore! If you’ve used other translation apps that you love, let us know! We’re always interested in hearing your suggestions! Happy translating!

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