I know the importance of being prepared. You can read blogs and guides until your eyes bleed, but nothing truly will have you ready for the first time you find yourself in a cab with a driver who doesn’t speak or read English or know the way to your hotel.
Each stop on pitch dark roads will be scary, even if you are reasonably sure their intentions are probably just to overcharge the meter and not to relieve you of all your cash. You will curse yourself for not using google translate to print the directions in Thai.
All the words of wisdom about the hucksters and hustlers in the main tourist area will not make the constant calls for your attention any less jarring as you carry your probably over packed backpack down the street trying to find somewhere clean that won’t rip you off.
When in doubt, just remember the words printed in bold on that most ultimate of travel books, the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. DON’T PANIC.
(And if possible find somewhere with good WiFi!)
Today I’ve done all of those things and will report back how they served me.