The taboos to know before going to Thailand

01/10/2018   419  4.75/5 trong 4 rates 
The taboos to know before going to Thailand
Thailand’s culture is incredibly rich with many social expectations and common courtesies that may differ from your home country. On the other hand, there are some common pitfalls that it is easy to fall into if you are caught unaware.

 
Knowing this will give you a good starting point for understanding the common ways of dealing with people you meet.
  • Don’t be disrespectful to the King

    Don’t be disrespectful to the KingDon’t be disrespectful to the King

    Thais hold the King of Thailand in the highest regard. There is also a law in Thailand, the lese-majesty law, which means you can be arrested for saying or doing anything that is disrespectful to the King or other member of the royal family.

    It’s best therefore not to mention the King and certainly never to do anything which is disrespectful.

  • Don’t touch someone head

    Don’t touch someone headDon’t touch someone head

    Unless you are in a very close relationship with someone or are with a child, you should not be touching or putting things over people’s heads. The head is considered the cleanest and most holy part of the body, so touching someone’s head is seen as disrespectful and will make others uncomfortable.

  • Don’t point your feet at anyone

    Don’t point your feet at anyoneDon’t point your feet at anyone

    Feet are considered as being unclean, or the lowest part of the body, so pointing your foot at someone is impolite. Don’t close doors with your feet either, and never put your feet up on a desk or table.
    To be safe, make sure your feet are flat on the ground at all times.

  • Take off your shoes

    Take off your shoesTake off your shoes

    Do you know why sandals are so popular here? Well, it is hot, and you are always taking them off. Entering homes, temples, shops or even some restaurants and bathrooms, you will be asked to take off your shoes and walk around barefoot or with slippers. Be aware before entering a place if you need to remove your shoes or it is okay to leave them on, the pile outside the door is your biggest clue.

  • Don’t point at anyone with your index finger

    Don’t point at anyone with your index fingerDon’t point at anyone with your index finger

    Thais don’t use their index finger to point at anyone, it is considered rude. If you do need to point at something, hold out your hand with your palm facing upwards and point using your whole hand.

  • Don’t hug monks

    Don’t hug monksDon’t hug monks

    Monks are highly respected in Thailand and therefore it is forbidden to stand over or be positioned higher than a monk. Monks are not even allowed to touch women. If a monk comes in contact with a woman, he often will not even hand her something.

    So, if you are a female and see a seat open next to a monk, do not sit down and force him to stand. Men, however, are allowed to come in contact with monks, but most will still keep a respectful distance.

  • Don't wear shorts or a short skirt to the temple

    Don't wear shorts or a short skirt to the templeDon't wear shorts or a short skirt to the temple

    Buddhism is the dominant religion in Thailand, and many of the most magnificent temples are located in the Old City district of Bangkok. Spending a day visiting the temples is high on many people’s itinerary, but make sure you dress conservatively, with a T-shirt covering your shoulders and a pair of shorts or a skirt down to below the knees.

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