Even when you are traveling to Thailand for a week or so, some health and fitness tips can come in quite handy, but if you are an expat living in the country, you really need to know about the basics of staying healthy and in shape during your time there. While much of the basics are more or less the same everywhere, here are five tips that should help you and your family out.
Don’t Drink the Tap Water
Thai people know not to drink the tap water, at least not until they have purified it. However, coming from a western nation, you might be unaware of the fact that the tap water in Thailand isn’t safe to drink and will likely give you a stomach infection if you are not careful! Packaged water is very cheap in the country, so rely on that or invest in some sort of a secondary water purification system of your own.
Learn a Bit of Muay Thai
Muay Thai, or kickboxing as it’s popularly called, is an ancient Thai martial art that is extremely effective in real life as well. In addition to giving you some really useful fighting lessons, Muay Thai sessions will make you sweat like nothing else! Not only is learning Muay Thai a lot more interesting than just working out in a traditional gym, but it will also help you get a unique understanding of the Thai culture.
Go for Massages
After a tiring Muay Thai class, or maybe even after just a tiring day, there is no better way to relax than to get a traditional Thai massage. In case you are in Phuket, go for a massage Patong at one of the reputed spas spread across the beach area in particular to have a unique and relaxing experience. Traditional Thai massages are relaxing, rejuvenating and most of all, they bust stress like anything. In order to stay relaxed and keep your muscles flexible, at least two to three sessions a week is recommended.
Be Careful with Your Nightlife
The easy availability and low cost of leading an active nightlife in Bangkok, Phuket and most major cities is one of the main reasons as to why people from all over the world visit Thailand, but as an expat, you are going to be there for a longer period of time than most tourists and travelers. Therefore, practice caution and stop yourself from spending too much money, energy and time in the many distractions of the vibrant Bangkok nightlife. It could eventually ruin your health, especially since you are going to be there for a while.
The Food is Good, But Not Always Safe
You will be spoiled for choice in Thailand when it comes to meat, and the travel magazines and websites might entice you to try them all. Nonetheless, it is best to use common sense and avoid anything that you are not even remotely familiar with. For example, luu moo is a Thai dish that is made with raw pig’s blood and bits of internal organs of animals! It just doesn’t sound disgusting, people have actually died from eating this monstrosity of a meal.
As with any other place in the world, staying fit and healthy in Thailand is all about common sense and knowledge. Now that you have the knowledge, it is time to put it into work with a bit of common sense.