GETTING ALONG IN THAILAND
The people of Thailand are renown throughout the world for their
tolerance, hospitality and friendly smiles. All the same, as a visitor
to the land of a thousand smiles you may find it helpful to be aware of
certain Dos and DON’Ts
thus avoiding unintentional
miscues. Actually, most of these are only a simple matter of common
sense combined with good manners. Not so much different than you would
act in your home country but a few significant enough to mention.
THE MONARCHY: Thai people hold their King,
Queen and the Royal Family in reverent respect and as a visitor to
Thailand, you should do show the same respect.
Thai law is
very specific in regards to religious offenses. These laws not only
cover Buddhism, the major religion of the country, but apply to the
other faiths represented in the Kingdom as well. Here are a few
reminders when visiting religious places.
Dress neatly. Don’t go shirtless or in shorts, hot pants or other
Remove your shoes when entering a temple.
Buddhist priests are forbidden to touch or to be touched by
Images, large or small, ruined or not, are regarded as sacred don’t do
anything that would indicate a lack of respect.
SOCIAL CUSTOMS: Thais don’t
normally shake hands when greeting one another but instead, pressing
their palms together in a prayer like fashion called a “WAI”. Notice
how the Thais do it and you’ll soon catch on.
considered very rude to the foot at a person or even to point out an
object with the foot. Try to avoid doing so even when sitting down the
conception being the foot is the lowest part of the body.
In the same right, Thais
consider the head as the highest part of the body both literally and
figuratively. They don’t approve of being touched there even in a
friendly gesture. Similarly, you may notice the younger Thai people try
with great effort to keep their heads lower than those of the older one
to avoid giving the impression of “looking down” on them. Public
displays of affection are frowned upon.
temper, to the Thai way of thinking, exhibit poor manners.
Thais by their first name, not the surname and use the word “Khun” in
front. This work is equivalent of “Mister”.
expected to remove your shoes before entering a Thais house, like
temple, mentioned above.
To get a waiters attention, a wave of the
hand is all that’s needed. Refrain from clapping, hissing or snapping
Usually a tip of 10-20 Baht or 5-10 % of the bill should be given when
dining in a middle, or high class restaurants,
We wish you enjoying pleasant and amazing
travelling in Thailand