SteemFest⁴ update: new names and shining a light on Thai etiquette

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TLDR;

  • When in Thailand, do as the Thai do
  • New names for SteemFest4
  • Reminder: Next week price hike 2 (!)

This was a week of finalising deals for the event. With an unforeseen cutback in one sponsorship I needed to emphasise on the costs with my final negotiations with some suppliers. Luckily help came in with a new sponsor, but the event is still looking for a couple of "K" to close the current budget.

For that matter I decided to open up some adspace in the program / map of Bangkok booklet which is handed out to every attendee of SteemFest and distributed online as well. If you have a product or service you would like to advertise and meanwhile also help out SteemFest closing the budget, please connect with me through [email protected].

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Introduction to Thai etiquette and do's and don'ts.

As many of you will be coming from "the west", and some of you for the first time head "east", you will be introduced to a new culture. Although November is the start of the "cold" season, the dampy heat welcomes you at the airport as well as the seemingly random chaos along with it.

The trick to deal with the temperature and Thailand in general lies within this weather actually: Stay cool. Physically cool, by moving slower. You notice immediately on the street: the pace of pedestrians is significantly slower compared to for example here in Amsterdam or New York for that matter :) "No sweat" is the idea. But also mentally: stay cool. People losing their temper in Thailand are viewed upon as if they have mental health issues or are of poor breeding.

From this site I picked up: Maintaining your cool under tough circumstances is called “Jai yen” or “Cool heart”. Thais place a high value on individuals who are able to respond to upsetting and frustrating events with moderate and reserved behaviour, and those that are unable to control their emotions are conversely regarded as being childish, ill-mannered, or possibly mentally unhinged.

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Personally, I try to apply this at all times during my negotiations, although sometimes it can be difficult. I am a "farang" (foreigner) and aiming for the best price. But so far it worked out, I think :)

So, just remember: Never loose your temper in public, don't get upset, or at least: don't display that you are upset. It won't get you very far.

Another one: Thai are very much about hygiene. People live close together, move close together in public transport. People have to live and move within a closer "personal space" and add in the hotness it is nice to look after your hygiene. It is common for Thai, if possible, to rather shower quickly a couple of times a day instead of one long shower.

Public nudity is also frowned upon. Although there are differences when going to the islands of Thailand obviously, which have an adjusted look on things, due to the sheer volume of tourists. But if you would walk around shirtless in Bangkok it could mean serious trouble if you run into a police officer.

Hygiene, manners and dress-code also come into play when visiting a temple or so-called "Wat" in Thailand. As tourist it is common to walk around in your "tanktop" and "shorts" or "skirt" but wearing this means you cannot visit a temple. You should dress appropriately, which means covering pants / skirt over your ankles and minimum a t-shirt, but preferably a long sleeve shirt. Or bring along some sarongs to impromptu cover up yourself and respect this part of Thai culture.

There are many more tips & tricks, which I assembled past week and put on the SteemFest Helpdesk FAQ section: "Tips & Tricks - Thailand". It is worth reading them if you come to Bangkok!

SteemFest FAQ feat. Thai tips 'n tricks

New names announced for SteemFest4!

Reminders:

Have a nice weekend!

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A little extra recommendations:

  • Now in a majority of temples if you have forgotten to wear long clothing, you will be proposed one on a stand at the entrance.
  • For electronic cigarette smokers, be careful not to take it with you, it is strictly forbidden in Thailand and you could have to pay a fine when passing through customs.
  • When you want to take a taxi only take those with a taximeter it will cost you much less than a fixed price or a tuk tuk! The price per km is ridiculously low in Bangkok (Not the same as on islands like Phuket). When the driver asks you if you prefer to go by the express way, know that the toll will be at your expense as soon as the trip starts (because it is not included in the price of the trip) but given the low price and the minutes saved, it is up to you.
  • Bus and MRT (aerial subway) are also good value for money.
  • For those who wish to bring their drone to Thailand, you must register it. more info
  • The food even the street food is excellent even in the smallest of restaurants as long as you specify "No spicy". They can't on the one hand resign themselves to making a no spicy food and use the same utensils for spicy food on the other hand so you will have a food that is very lightly spicy and easily digestible to our western stomachs Hahaha.

The great majority of Thai people are very welcoming people always ready to help ;) Welcome to the land of smiles !

great tips thank you!

You're welcome ;)

Great advice.

Going around by TukTuk in Bangkok is so much fun

Bargain with the driver is even better

Yes, it's a nice and fun tourist attraction that is worth doing at least once.

I, for one, probably will not be saying “no spicy” - but we shall see I suppose 🙂

If spicy food is not a problem for you, I suggest you try papaya salad (street food), It's fresh and very tasty.

Will do, thanks for the tip!

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Love you man, Your a great event organizer, an amazing supporter of Steem and an over all good guy.

I hope to be able to make it this year, am just so oh so crazy busy with so many cool projects.

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It's great to see more updates as the date of the event comes closer and closer. Good to see the new speaker names, congrats!

All nice tips Roeland! I have to take notes, remember bringing long trousers or skirts for the temple! Thanks for the updates.

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you are correct, i was wrong. adjusting!

*i mean, i think i say: "over the knees", but in fact it must be "over the ankles" even.

So yeah in general visiting temples for example to visit the Grand Palace has the most strictest ones applied, which are a good base to go from:

Excerpt from this site:

Here is the list of prohibited outfits for both men and women in the Grand Palace compound:

  • Hats
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Vests
  • Short tops
  • See-through shirts
  • Shorts and even shortened pants
  • Tight pants such as leggings
  • Torn pants
  • Miniskirts
  • Sandals without ankle or heel straps

I'll research if I can get a stash of sarongs somewhere.

I was wearing such thing, below the knees, but with some part of legs exposed, seemed fine, but for grand palace should be more strict.

Thanks for the tips! We have similar eitiquette here in the Philippines, except we don't have temples so that would apply to churches 😊

And great to see @jpphotography on the list. All the best!

Thanks for the mention. See u on the festival

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Thank you for the update, @roelandp! I'm even more excited now! Got my SteemFest4 ticket, my hotel room booked, my flight tickets from Helsinki bought. Looking forward to the event and promise to keep my cool! ;)

Nice! see you in Bangkok!

@roelandp, These shared Tips and your experiences are appreciable aspect brother. Hope that this will be helpful for the Steemians. Stay blessed.

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How about adding some of @travelfeed's travel guide posts on Bangkok? There's a lot of Steem community contributed information about their travel in Bangkok so every attendees should have a read or two to get an idea of Bangkok.

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Wow, thai's culture seems to be a lot similar that of India.

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Thanks for the post.

Good jhob friends. This is culture, photography like for you.

thanks for sharing , you are the best :)

I am so excited for everyone who will be attending. Alas it does not appear to be possible for me this year, but I will set my sights on next year! I can't to hear all about it and hopefully will be able to watch some live feed. Thanks for all you do to pull all this together, @roelandp! I'm sure it will be a smash hit like last year.

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very nice

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please dont copy paste. be original. be human.

Thank you @steemfest & @roelandp for reminding me that. I just tried to encourage @roelandp for the help you are doing by providing all the details & I wish you to stay healthy and keep it up.