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by BrainThailand.com     2023-11-01 16:54:10   

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  • When visiting Thailand, it's important to be aware of local customs and cultural norms to show respect for the country and its people. Here are some "not to do" things in Thailand:

    1. **Disrespect the Monarchy:** The Thai monarchy is deeply revered, and any form of disrespect, criticism, or defacement of images or symbols of the monarchy is illegal and offensive. Avoid discussing sensitive political topics related to the monarchy.

    2. **Public Displays of Affection:** While it's acceptable for couples to hold hands, kissing and hugging in public, especially in temples or conservative areas, is considered inappropriate.

    3. **Immodest Dress:** When visiting temples and religious sites, dress modestly. Women should cover their shoulders, and both men and women should avoid wearing shorts or revealing clothing in such places.

    4. **Pointing Feet:** In Thai culture, the head is considered the most sacred part of the body, while the feet are the lowest. Pointing your feet at people or sacred objects is disrespectful. When sitting, avoid pointing your feet toward Buddha images or people.

    5. **Touching People's Heads:** The head is considered the most sacred part of the body, and touching someone's head, even children's, is considered disrespectful.

    6. **Public Intoxication:** While it's common to enjoy alcoholic beverages, especially in tourist areas, public drunkenness and disruptive behavior are not well-received. Drink responsibly.

    7. **Bringing Illegal Substances:** The possession, sale, or use of illegal drugs can result in severe penalties, including imprisonment. Avoid any involvement with illegal substances.

    8. **Littering:** Dispose of your trash responsibly. Littering is considered disrespectful to the environment and community.

    9. **Neglecting Temple Etiquette:** When visiting temples, remove your shoes before entering, and remain quiet and respectful. Avoid climbing on religious structures for photo opportunities.

    10. **Inappropriate Gestures:** Avoid using your feet to point at objects or people. Additionally, avoid raising your voice or displaying anger in public.

    11. **Haggling Aggressively:** While bargaining is common in markets, do so respectfully and with a smile. Aggressive haggling can be considered rude.

    12. **Public Nudity and Toplessness:** Thailand is a conservative country, and public nudity, including toplessness, is generally not acceptable, except in designated areas like beaches.

    13. **Insulting Buddhism:** Be cautious when discussing religion, and avoid any remarks or actions that might be seen as disrespectful to Buddhism or religious figures.

    14. **Overstaying Your Visa:** Ensure you comply with Thai visa regulations and departure requirements to avoid any legal issues.

    15. **Engaging in Wildlife Exploitation:** Refrain from participating in activities that involve animal cruelty, such as riding elephants, taking photos with drugged tigers, or buying products made from endangered species.

    Respecting the local culture and customs is essential when visiting Thailand. While the Thai people are generally welcoming and forgiving of cultural mistakes made by tourists, being aware of and following these guidelines will help you have a more enjoyable and respectful visit.


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