Thailand travel hints & tips
Thai people have a deep respect and reverence for the monarchy and it’s important to show respect for the King, the Queen and the Royal Children.
Religion in Thailand
Dressing neatly in religious shrines is a must – otherwise prepare to be refused entry. Some places, such as the King’s Palace, will allow you to hire appropriate dress but you can expect hot and heavy sarong-type clothing so it’s best to turn up wearing something appropriate and comfortable from the outset. Shoulders, midriff and knees should be covered and you should wear neat footwear. Shoes are acceptable when walking around the compound of a Buddhist temple, but you’ll need to remove them before entering the chapel where the main Buddha image is kept.
Each Buddha image, large or small, ruined or not, is sacred to the Thai people. Never climb onto one to take a photograph or do anything that might be deemed as a lack of respect. Buddhist monks are forbidden to touch or be touched by a woman, or to accept anything from the hand of one. Ladies – if you’d like to give anything to a monk, you’ll need to hand it to a man to present instead.
Most Thai’s will accept a handshake but their traditional form of greeting is the wai – a prayer-like gesture where the palms are pressed together. Generally a younger person will wai an elder, who returns it.
Thai's regard the head as the highest part of the body (literally and figuratively) so avoid touching people on the head and try not to point your feet at people or an object. It is considered very rude. You’ll also need to remove your shoes before entering a private Thai home.
Try to keep public displays of affection with the opposite sex to a minimum as this is frowned upon.
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