Well-known for its majestic Buddhist temples, pristine white-sand beaches, and a wide variety of delicacies, Thailand is definitely one of the top places to visit when traveling to Southeast Asia. Most of the Thai population are used to seeing foreigners everywhere, especially on top tourist destinations such as in Koh Samui. However, it still pays to be familiar, even just a little bit, with the country’s culture along with some basic do’s and dont’s. It’ll make you appreciate the place better. After all, you wouldn’t want to embarrass yourself, and your country’s name in a place as well-respected as Thailand right?
The Five Do’s When in Thailand
Keep your composure. Be patient and stay calm, despite getting lost in the city and not knowing where to go. Thai’s are very friendly and hospitable so there’s no need to panic. After all, it’s what they call the land of the happy, go lucky.
Wear proper attire – especially when visiting temples. This means covering the shoulders and knees for both ladies and gentlemen. Remember to bring appropriate clothes when packing. In addition, flip flops are a no-no when temple-hopping but are generally allowed in other places such as in Koh Samui beaches.
Show respect to the monarchy. You may be used to a different type of ruling or government in your hometown but no matter what, show some reverence. After all, it’s their country and you’re just a visitor.
Remove your shoes when entering homes and other establishments. Look for piles of shoes and slippers outside to double check.
Read about their culture in advance. A little research over the net will do but you can also buy travel guides to make your Thailand trip truly unforgettable.
The Four Dont’s When in Thailand
Raise your feet. To the Thai’s, feet equates to dirt. So remember to always keep your feet on the floor. When sitting, hide them beside or beneath your legs. Note that pushing or kicking things with your feet is a sign of disrespect so don’t ever do that.
Touch the head. It’s the most important part of the body for the locals so don’t ever touch anyone’s head, children included.
Point with one finger. When you’re trying to gesture to something, always use all four fingers and put the thumb against the palm. It’s the correct way of showing people around.
Expose too much skin. And never ever sunbathe nor swim nude, even on Koh Samui beaches. Check your Thailand travel guide to learn the ideal dress code.