Thailand

Top 10 Things

  • What NOT to do
  • What to do
  • Dress well and be treated well --No topless in public
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  • Don't point your feet in the direction of anyone. Keep your feet low to the ground. Never place them on a chair or a bench, or place them near someone's head. Remove your shoes before going inside. --Lol
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  • Don't touch a Thai person's head. Its disrespectful. --Lol
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  • Do not pour your own drink until you pour for others in your group. --GeoDave
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  • Never speak in a rude or negative way about the King or Royal family, in public or on social media, as this can lead to being arrested. (which can and does happen) --Rick
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  • Thais show a great amount of respect for the Buddha. Never touch a Buddha statue on the head, put your feet on a statue, or imitate the Buddha pose. --Rick
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  • Do not call a waiter or person by snapping your fingers or by whistling, this will be sure to cause offence. --Rick
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  • Do not use a Taxi without a meter, as the Taxi drivers may try to charge you double or triple the actual cost of the ride. --Rick
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  • If you drop a banknote on the floor, do not tread on it to stop it from blowing away, as this will be seen as an insult to the King, and can actually lead to you being arrested. --Rick
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  • If you want to call someone over, do not do it with the palm of your hand facing the sky, as this is considered an aggressive gesture. Instead, make sure your palm is facing the ground. --Rick
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  • Shoes off in private homes, pharmacies, doctor’s offices and many other public places. Look for shoes outside the front door and add yours. --Richard Wonka
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  • No toilet paper. Use - and learn to love the cleanliness that is - the butt gun. --Richard Wonka
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  • Wear a mask if most other locals are wearing masks. --Anonymous
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  • When taking rice, only take as much as you can eat. Never waste rice. Be careful never to spill rice. --Lol
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  • Add 'ka' on the end of your words if you're female. 'kup/krup' for male as the polite particle. Sawdee (hello) Sawadee Ka (if you are female saying hello) Sawadee kup (if you are male saying hello) --Lol
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  • Raise your hand s together and raise your hands up towards your forehead (similar to a prayer position) to 'wai'. Wai is a form of respect normally used to welcome or greet someone. There are different levels of Wai according to levels of respect. I.e a Monk should have a Wai raised highest! --Lol
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  • When invited to a celebration: birthday, holiday, graduation, it is customary to bring a small gift or gift of money. --chiangmaiwood
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  • Smile, be respectful and polite. Loud, drunk, angry foreigners are frowned upon. --richardwonka
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  • It is common to share meals as a group in Thailand. Therefore, it does not matter what order the food comes out! You'll all be digging in together. So don't be surprised if there's a really long gap in serving you and your friends! --Lol
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  • Most people eat their dishes with a fork and spoon. Hold the spoon in your dominant hand and the fork in your other hand, then use the fork to scoop the food onto the spoon and eat from the spoon. This is common practice for rice and noodle dishes. --hi
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