Man it’s hot here. Really hot & humid. Yes I’m from Miami where the summers can be brutally hot, but there’s one major difference… Air Conditioning. Most places in Thailand, and Southeast Asia in general, use only a fan to cool the room. Not to mention we arrived during the hottest month and there was a heat wave so even the locals were struggling with the increased temps. I got used to being constantly sweaty, but Kuma was a bit spoiled by being in the AC all day back home.
The first day in Bangkok I decided to walk around the city with Kuma, because after all we are here to explore right?! I figured early morning wouldn’t be too hot and we could grab a taxi back. After walking about an hour, I realized this wasn’t the best idea. The streets were getting hotter and no bus or taxi would stop to pick us up. Our only option was a Tuk Tuk which is fine, when you can find one. They typically stay around the more touristic spots and we were nowhere nearby. I was feeling desperate because Kuma was starting to overheat despite several bottles of water. The locals were very kind and would give him ice or pour water on him, I even carried his backpack instead of him wearing it due to the extra heat it created. We stopped in the shade several times to rest and went in 7-Eleven for more water and AC. After about an hour and half of standing on the hot streets trying to find a ride back, we finally scored a Tuk Tuk with the help of a police man who waved him over to stop for us. Once back in the comfy AC of our hostel, Kuma was able to cool down and slept off the exhaustion. The next day I decided to explore solo, the pup was totally OK with chilling inside sleeping all day. In fact he almost refused to go outside again… I don’t blame him.
Basic Tips for Traveling with your Dog in Thailand
1. Always have enough water. Even though there are plenty of 7-Eleven’s around.
2. Tuk Tuk or private hired car will likely be your best and only form of transportation. We got lucky our taxi from the airport was dog friendly. He became my personal taxi driver in Bangkok when traveling with Kuma. For longer travel outside of Bangkok, you can take the train using 2nd & 3rd class cars only. The buses don’t allow dogs.
3. It’s best to find a hotel with AC and leave your dog in the room during the day. It’s just not worth the risk of overheating.
4. Most stores won’t let you inside with a dog. There are a few exceptions but even ESA dogs aren’t recognized in other countries outside of the U.S. and trying to explain it is almost impossible.
5. There are a lot of stray dogs which form packs and can be aggressive (That’s a whole separate blog coming soon)