Behind Thailand’s beautiful beaches, its people’s smiling faces, and the tropical jungles lies a terrible secret: modern day slavery.
In Buddhist culture, women work to support their families so men can earn spiritual merit as monks. Many parents send their daughters to work in cities where the only option is prostitution.
As the country’s natural beauty continues to draw visitors, sexual tourism continues to grow. It’s estimated 60% of tourists visit the Red Light Districts—and 90% of Thai men visit local karaoke bars for the same reason.
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While Thai culture is marketed overseas as a tourist friendly, “anything-goes destination” where normally outlandish behavior is celebrated, most Thais are traditional and conservative.
There is a great cultural divide between the Bangkok urban area and the more conservative and rural regions of northern Thailand.
Travelers should be respectful around important Buddhist temples and shrines, should avoid wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts at temples or religious sites, and also avoid touching locals on the head or hair, as the head is the most sacred part of the body in Buddhism.
Thailand is well known for its culinary practices and the Thai people are very proud of their cooking. Take a Thai cooking class and eat some delicious food.
Go to Tiger Kingdom near Chiang Mai to pet real tigers!
Visit an elephant sanctuary to play with and make friends with elephants.
Go the Night Bazaar in Chiang Mai to get all of your Thai clothes and souvenirs.
Treat yourself to a fish pedicure for an unusual but surprisingly pleasant experience.