- What is the best way to handle your money for a whole month?
We've heard only to pack a days use of bahts, but finding a bank every other day seems frustrating...
There are banks everwhere. I live here in Chiang Mai and my wife and I go to an ATM Machine or bank at least a couple time a week.
Try to arrange with your bank to use your Visa vard at the ATM Machines while traveling here. If you don't have a credit card as your bank for a Visa Depot card.
Since you can't pack any creams on planes, where is a good place in Bangkok where you can buy familiar items (neosporin, toothpaste, mosquito repellent).
Every major city in Thailand now has nice super stores such as BIG C, TESCO LOTUS (British owned) and CARREFORE (French owned). They all have the same safe cosmetics etc you would find at home. There are also large drug stores similar to Wallgreens in the U.S. in shopping malls that provide the same. Don't make purchases from small vendors and you will be fine.
Believe it or not AVON Skin So Soft is an excellent mosquito repellent.
and one more thing! it seems like it might be hard to communicate to people, are there any words you would recommend us learning?
Here is a web site where you can learn to speak Thai for free. There are words and phrases written in English and in Thai. You click on the Thai word or phrase and a Thai persons speaks them for you. Just keep clicking and repeating until you have it right, easy. Learning Thai Web site. Since proper Thai is different depending if a male or female is speaking the site has pronounciations for both. A great web site.
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