The Monarchy : Thai people have a deep, traditional
reverence for the Royal Family, and a visitor should
be careful to show respect for the King, the Queen
and the Royal Children.
Religion : Visitors should dress neatly in
all religious shrines. They should never go topless,
or in shorts, hot pants or other unsuitable attireIt
is acceptable to wear shoes when walking around the
compound of a Buddhist temple, but not inside the
chapel where the principal Buddha image is kept.
Each Buddha image, large or small, ruined or not,
is regarded as a sacred object. Never climb onto one
to take a photograph or do anything which might indicate
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. If a woman has to give anything
to a monk, she first hands it to a man, who then presents
Social Norms :
Thais don't normally shake 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 an elder, who returns it.
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
Shoes should be removed when entering a private Thai
Public displays of affection between men and women
are frowned upon.
Special Advice :
- Beware of unauthorised people who offer their services
as guides. 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 fof your belongings.
Walking alone on quiet streets or deserted areas is
not recommended. Be sure that all your valuables-money,
jewellery, 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 id no 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 get 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 shell and ivory. Avoid patronizing
local restaurants that serve wild animal delicacies.
It is against the law to slaughter wildlife for food