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Health

The standard of hygiene in first-class hotels is in general o.k., but you should not drink the tap water (though it can be used for teeth brushing). The better hotels provide bottled drinking water for free. You should be careful with the food from foodstalls or in simple restaurants. Eat only things that have been thoroughly cooked and are served really hot. The large amounts of chili that are part of nearly every Thai dish may have a disinfecting effect, but you should not rely on this! (The people themselves are nearly always neat and clean, but sometimes they use dirty water for dishwashing, etc.) Vaccinations against tetanus, hepatitis, and salmonella infections are generally advisable.

Safety

Thailand is generally considered a safe country and for tourists, Bangkok is very safe place with no open violence in the streets. There is probably criminality, but it is unlikely that you will encounter it. The worst that could happen to you is probably that you get pickpocketed or that a tout tries to take you to a shopping center. Often, these people wait near a temple or museum and tell you that it is closed and that you should instead come with them to their antique or jewellery shop.   Just ignore them.If the temple happens to be really closed, you can come back and get a taxi or a songthaew then. Always refuse when somebody offers you a free tour at tourist attractions.

As everywhere, of course, it is better to avoid carrying large amounts of cash; credit cards or traveller`s cheques are preferable.

Thai Fruit Market
Thai Fruit
Food

Thai Cuisine is very spicy and includes curries, stir-fried dishes, interesting salads (e.g. a salad made of pomelo with shrimps), and of course many rice and noodle dishes. A large variety of sweets, most of them based on rice flour and coconut milk are produced.  If you have a "sweet tooth" Thailand definitely is your place! A favourite Thai dessert is Sweet Sticky Rice with Mango, or you can try a platter of sliced local fruit like pomelo, melon, pineapple, rose apple, papaya, etc. (By the way, Thai food recipes can also be found on the Internet).

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