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When travelling to Thailand you might have no idea what you should or shouldn’t do as the culture might be different. Here are some guidelines you should follow.
Thailand is known as the “Land of Smiles”. It, therefore, goes without saying that smiling is very important while you are travelling and smiling can mean so many things. During our tour, you are going to meet so many people especially local people. It’s better to smile as much as you can at Thai people and they will in return, welcome you and be friendlier.
Dress properly when visiting temples and royal palaces. Both men and women should avoid wearing clothes that reveal skin. Make sure your shirt covers shoulders and your pants or skirt cover your knees. If you are not sure about what you are wearing, then just change it.
Monks are not allowed to touch females since it is forbidden by religious rules. Therefore, ladies, don’t touch a monk or don’t directly pass anything to them. Otherwise, you will cause a problem.
In Thailand, on TV, radio, and public places, the National anthem will be played at 8 am and 6 pm every day. You have to stop doing whatever you do are doing and stand still until the song is over. This is the way to show respect. Same as Royal anthems – mostly played in theatre before the movie is started.
Be careful if you say or ask anything about the royal family especially in public. Some guides may be comfortable answering your questions, others may not, it varies significantly. There is even a law protecting them from bad comments. It’s totally a big deal. You might end up in prison. Another interesting example of this is you shouldn’t step on or over banknotes or coins as there is a picture of the royal family on them.
In Thailand, your head is considered a good and clean thing as it is the highest part of the body. Whereas your feet are considered a bad and dirty thing. It is very rude to raise your feet above someone else’s head especially pointing your feet to Buddha image in a temple.
Thai people always bare feet at home. Remember before you step into someone’s house, you should always take off your shoes. (Unless they allowed you to wear them inside) As your shoes might get some dirt along the way. And it’s not a good manner to take something dirty inside someone’s house. Same as at temples or other private buildings, you will notice that there’s a sign written: “please take off your shoes” at the entrance.
DO NOT stress about this information that I am giving you. If you are on tour you can ask your guide about what you can or cannot do when you are in Thailand. However, do not forget to be careful, respect, and be mindful of these rules.
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