Do's and Don'ts in Thailand
Thailand “The Land of Smiles” is one of the most enchanting tourist
destination which attracts millions of visitors each year and people
enjoy not only the ultra-modern cities and night life but also get a
glimpse of the fascinating Thai Culture. As with all the tourist
spots, observing a certain code of conduct will tourists bring an
added experience to their holiday.
Thai values regarding dress code, code of conduct and authority
figures are more conservative than in a western society, although
this does not apply to the night life. The Thai people are usually
tolerant and forgiving and have an easygoing approach to life.
They are extremely polite
and their behavior is controlled by etiquette and also influenced by
Buddhism. The Thai society is calm and in their daily life and avoid
confrontations at all costs.
The visitors should never lose their patience or show their anger no
matter how frustrating or desperate the situation because this is
considered a weakness in the Thai culture. While traveling in
Thailand it is important to note that conflicts can be easily
resolved with a smile.
As far as the dress is considered, the like to dress smartly and
neatly. Therefore, do not wear revealing clothing such as shorts,
low neckline dresses, bathing suits, etc. as they are considered
improper attire in Thailand. Keep in mind that this type of clothing
is only acceptable at the beaches or in night clubs.
When entering a temple, it is advisable to wear long skirts or long
trousers. Women should not touch Monks. If a woman wants to hand
something to the monks, she must do so indirectly by placing the
item within the monks reach. Remove shoes when entering houses and
temples. Public display of affection between sexes is resented.
Avoid touching people unless you are very close to them. The head is
the highest part of the body, so avoid touching it. The feet are
considered the least sacred in Thailand, so avoid pointing it at
anyone, as it is extremely insulting to do so. The Thais usually do
not shake hands. The usual greeting is the ‘Way’. The hands are
joined and raised upwards towards the face while the head is lowered
with a slight bow. The height to which the hands are held depends on
the status of the person being greeted. For monks, higher
dignitaries, and elderly, hands are raised to the bridge of the
nose, while with equals only as far from the chest. Young people and
inferiors are not greeted with a Way’ but a slight nod is sufficient
While eating, do not blow your nose or lick your fingers. When
picking up food eaten with fingers, the right hand is used.. When
encountering a foreign culture for the first time, one is likely to
make a mistake. If you do so, just smile or ‘Wai’ and you will be