15 Jun 2012
• Thailand is a Buddhist country where Buddha images are held sacred. Sacrilegious acts are punishable by imprisonment even if committed by foreign visitors.
• Thai people hold their King and Queen and the Royal Family in great reverence, and so won’t tolerate foreigners talking about them in disrespect.
• Generally Thai women are conservative. So don’t touch them without their consent.
• Dress properly when entering a Buddhist temple, Mini-skirts and shorts are not allowed. Take your shoes off before going inside the hall of worship. Ladies must not on any account touch a Buddhist monk, give things direct to him or receive things direct from him.
• Intimacies between man and woman should not be shown in public. Sunbathing in the nude is prohibited.
• Traditionally, Thais greet each other with a wai by pressing the palms together at the chest). If someone wais you, you should wai back (exept wai-ed by a child).
• Call Thais their first names; use the title “Khun” for adults.
• Thai people smile to express gladness and happiness, to thank for small services, to return the wai (a way of greeting) of children and inferior persons, and even to excuse small inconveniences.
• Don’t touch a person’s head, nor ruffle his hair. The head is the noblest part of the body. A sincere apology should be offered immediately if you touch someone’s head unintentionally.
• Avoid placing your feet on the table while sitting. Never use your foot to point things out or to touch any part of the body of anyone, which is considered rude.
• Entering Thai Temple, mosque, and house, you’re expected to remove your shoes.
• Beware not to take any food, drinks, or candies offered by a stranger or a taxi driver.
• Beware not to accept any complimentary tour offered by a stranger. Reliable tourist information and safe tours should be provided by a tour agency who has a travel license.
Essential Essential precautions for foreign tourists
Please contact the bus terminal directly for your ticket. If you purchase the ticket from other agencies, please be sure to obtain all necessary information before using their services to avoid the subsequent problems.
If you are not sure of any situations you are facing, please contact The Tourist Assistance Center.
Tel: 281-5051, 282-8129