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Cultural Do’s and Don’ts for Your Visit to Thailand

After taking a couple of simple rules of Thailand culture won’t just keep you from unintentionally insulting somebody, doing as such will separate you from the tourists just inspired by modest shopping or idyllic beaches. Respecting and observing the local Thai culture will positively enhance your experience.

Thailand has known as the “Place of Smiles” yet the Thai smile has numerous implications. Though, Thai individuals are exceptionally forgiving of misdemeanors, especially when conferred by tourists (outsiders), observing these essential Do’s and Don’ts will keep them happy.

The essential Dos in Thailand

Remove your shoes

As in numerous Asian societies, evacuating your shoes before entering a temple or any sacred place or going by somebody’s house is vital. In Thailand, you will also see a few restaurants, and shops, requesting you to remove your shoes before entering. If not sure, simply look to check whether there is a heap of shoes at the passageway, or verify whether the staff is wearing shoes. This is the reason simple footwear is a smart idea in Southeast Asia. It’s better not to venture on the threshold when entering temples and homes.

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Give back a wai

The wai is prayer like pose in Thailand in which both hands are joined together in front and the head bowed slightly. To not give back a wai is looked as rude attitude; just the monks and the ruler don’t need to return wais. Do not to wai while grasping something in your hands; a slight bow will suffice. Know and read more about how to make proper wai or hello in Thai.

Use your right hand

The left hand is considered as filthy, as it is once in a while utilized for “toilet use.” Always use your right hand to pass items to somebody and while paying bill. Touch your left hand to your lower right arm (demonstrating that it is securely distant) on the off chance that you wish to show additional respect.

Show great respect to monks in Thailand

You will experience numerous monks in places, for example, Chiang Mai; better to treat them with respect. When welcoming a monk, monks get a higher wai than common individuals; monks don’t need to give wai. Ladies should never touch a monk, brush a monks robe, or hand something to a monk. Monks, at services and social events are always allowed to eat first. You will easily see number of Monks in Thailand; you’ll at sometimes see those using cell phones and also in internet cafes, so don’t be shocked!


Thai smile is very famous must to Thailand culture and etiquette; People of Thailand show it whenever they can. If someone passes a smile, give back smile. In Thailand, Smiles are mostly used amid an apology, negotiation and just in everyday life.

The don’ts in Thailand

Never kiss in public

Thai people don’t like to show affection in public beyond holding hands. So be respectful here and don’t do such things that create a problem for you as well as for Thai people.


Generally the Thai people are friendly and speak softly. They avoid confrontation at any cost. So try not to raise your voice or shout there. Keep your voice polite and low. Before taking pictures of local people or monk take their permission.

Dress properly

Thai people take a lot of care about their dress and do not like improper or very short dresses, especially if you are out of tourist areas or beaches. Please respect them and dress properly when you are in public places.

Don’t point your feet

Pointing your feet or raising it above someone’s head or putting your feet on a chair or desk is considered very rude in Thailand. Avoid pointing feet at monks or Buddha’s. When sitting somewhere in the grounds, try not to show your feet.

Never disrespect the king Thai people will ever tolerate the disrespect of their kind. So avoid doing any such thing because this can take you to the prison.

Don’t throw things

Throwing things at someone in fun is also considered very rude in Thailand. Take time to hand things to people instead tossing and throwing. Always unfold money when paying someone.

Touching some one’s head

Touching someone’s head in Thailand is considered as very impolite and rude. Avoid touching someone’s head, especially in public places.

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