If you plan on having sex, or think there’s even a remote chance you might then, yes, bring your own condoms. Of course, Thailand isn’t a backwater, it’s just as developed as many western countries in the larger cities so you can easily find condoms here. And many condoms you’ll buy in the west are actually made in Thailand. But, as you may have heard, Thai men have smaller penises than western men (yes, on average they do, and I have this on very good authority from several gay friends who’ve seen plenty ofthem), so condoms are almost always on the small side for western men.
That means, unless you can find large or extra-large Durex condoms (they sell Durex and other brands at 7-11s and supermarkets all over Thailand) you may find yourself in a bit of a pickle when the Thai condoms you bought suddenly break. So it’s best if you bring your own favorite brand with you.
We’ve also had people ask us if there’s a limit to how many condoms you can bring into Thailand. Think about it. You’re coming to Thailand for a three-month holiday and half a dozen condoms probably won’t last that long. So can you bring as many as you want?
Honestly, yes. I’ve never heard of anyone being stopped by Thai customs and made to hand over their stash of condoms. They really don’t care. Besides, they’d probably rather you were careful, instead of impregnating some Thai girl whose baby you might not bother taking care of.
So, the rules for condom use in Thailand are simple. Bring your own favorite condoms with you and, remember, you can’t go wrong if you shield your dong. Yes, Thailand has a high AIDS rate (although it is falling annually), so don’t take any chances.
Here’s Thailand’s Mr. Condom, Mechai Viravaidya – the coolest guy in Thailand, taking about getting condoms to become popular in Thailand.