Do and don& 'T in Thailand?
without you even realizing. Thais know that foreign visitors have their own customs and different ways. of doing things, but if you are aware of some of the do's and don'ts you will earn respect from your Thai hosts. Most importantly of all, be particularly careful about respecting Buddhism and the Thai Royal Family.Thailand Do' and Don'ts - International Studies Center International Studies Center
Do’s and Don’ts in Thailand
Thai people have a deep traditional reverence for the Royal Family, and a visitor should be careful to show respect for the King, te Queen and the Royal family.
Visitors should dress neatly in all religious shrines. They should never go topless, or in shorts, hot pants or other unsuitable attire. It is acceptable to wear shoes when walking around the compound of the Buddhist image is kept.
Every Buddha image, large or small ruined or not, s regarded as a sacred object. Never climbs onto to take photograph or do anything that might indicate a lack of respect. Buddhist monks are forbidden to touch or be touched by women, or to accept anything from the hand of one. If a woman has to give anything to a monk, she first hand it to man, who then presents it, or puts t down and allows the monk to pick it up.
Social Norms: Thais don’t normally shark hands when they greet one another, but instead press the palms together in a prayer-like gesture called a “Wai”, Generally, a Younger person wais elder, who returns it, it is however far more complex than this and for tourists a simple smile is acceptable when someone wais you.
Thais regard the head as the highest part of the body, literally and figuratively. Therefore, avoid touching people on the head and try not to point your feet at people or an object. It is considered very rude. Shoes should be removed when entering a private Thai home. Public displays of affection between men and women are frowned upon.
Special Advice: Beware of unauthorized people who offer their services as quid. For all tourist information, contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Tel: 1672, for information about Bangkok, contact the Bangkok metropolitan Tourist Bureau, Tel: 0 2225 7612-4.
Observe all normal precautions as regards to personal safety as well as the safety of your belongings, walking alone on quiet streets or deserted areas is not recommended. Be sure that all your valuables-money, jewelry, and airline tickets are properly protected from loss. Visitors needing assistance relating to safety, unethical practices or other matters, please call the Tourist Police at Tel: 1155.
Drop your garbage into a waste container; The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is now strictly enforcing the law in an effort to keep the city clean and healthy. The fine will be imposed on a person who spits, discards cigarette stubs, or drops rubbish in public areas.
Do not yourself involved with drugs. Penalties for drug offences are very severe in Thailand.
Do not support any manner of wild animal abuse. Never purchase any products or souvenirs made from wild animals including reptiles like snakes, monitor lizards, and also turtle hell and ivory. Avoid patronizing local restaurants that serve wild animal delicacies. It is against the law to slaughter wildlife for food in Thailand.