You cannot go to Thailand without trying Thai cuisine because it is fabulous. Whether you get your Thai food from street vendors or 5-star restaurants, it is guaranteed to taste great.
Some of the popular food choices in Thailand include seafood, fruits, pork, beef, chicken, pastries, cooked insects, and sweets. If you’re a seafood eater, then you’ll love the seafood choices at the restaurants. The seafood is kept on ice so that it stays fresh each day, whether you go to a buffet or traditional restaurant.
If you want to purchase live seafood from a street vendor, you can find it for sale on Ao Nang Beach Road, Patong Beach Road Pattaya Beach Road, and Whitesands Beach Koh Chang Road. You’ll find great choices like fish, river prawns, lobster, mussels and more.
If you visit Phuket, the vendors there sell the Phuket lobster which is famous to the locals. These lobsters weigh about 1,000 grams and are priced per 100 grams. But if you prefer foods from other cultures, go to the touristy areas to find Korean, Russian, Japanese, German, and Indian food dishes. And if you’re really homesick, you can find reputable fast food restaurants in these areas too.
Personally, I like the pork kebabs that are sold on the streets. They are cheap and taste great. Even the whole fruits are delicious and sweet, such as the local pineapple.
Thailand has a lot of strong smells which may be too much for some tourists who have sensitive stomachs. You’ll notice these smells the most when walking the streets of the Thai cities because their sewer systems are only a couple of feet below the surface of the pavement. This cement pavement even has tiny air holes in it, which causes the odor to seep through from below.
If you’re a westerner, then you’ll only find western toilets in hotels which cater to westerners. All other public places will likely have a Thai style toilet in them. A word of advice; keep some tissues on you just in case.
If you visit a pub or nightclub, there is a toilet attendant that you’re expected to tip. You need a little bit of change available to tip them. On the upside, these places have western style toilets.
It is recommended that you get vaccinated before going to Thailand. Contact your primary care physician for further advice.