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Thai’ are extremely tolerant people and are very forgiving when visitors to their country inadvertently commit a cultural faux pas. To help you avoid causing any faux pas we’ve put together some basic guidelines to help make your stay in the Kingdom more enjoyable.

  • Thailand is called the Land of Smiles for good reason. It is perfectly normal for men and women to smile at each other in the street. All Thai people understand “Hello” and “Thank you” and a smile always goes a long way!
  • Bathing suits are not appropriate attire away from pool and beach areas. When you’re out shopping in Koh Samui or visiting local bars or restaurants, both men and women should wear shirts or T-shirts. Many Thais find topless sunbathing deeply offensive.
  • Thais adore children and are always very affectionate with them. Feel free to fuss over little ones and let others fuss over yours.
  • Overt displays of physical affection in public are deemed immodest and inappropriate.
  • Be soft spoken and deferential, this kind of humility will earn you great respect. Raising your voice or losing your temper gets you nowhere in Thailand and causes people great distress.
  • Try to be patient with people’s many personal questions. Thais are naturally curious about people from different countries and their questions should not be considered offensive.
  • Have fun eating Thai-style! The Thai way is to share all the dishes so don’t be surprised if the dishes you order do not all come out at the same time.
  • Do not point your food at anyone. As the foot is the lowest part of the body, the act of pointing with one’s feet is considered extremely insulting.
  • Displays of anger are likely to worsen a trying situation. Try to win the day with quiet and clam persistence.
  • Avoid directly accusing someone if you feel you have bee cheated. Contact the Tourist Police.
  • Remove your shoes before entering someone’s home or a temple.
  • Do not touch a stranger on their head. The head is the Highest part of the body and therefore the most sacred.