do’s and don’ts Thailand


Thai culture customs

Smiling, Thai is one of the most welcoming people in the world. But there are numbers things to avoid

Respect the monarchy and Buddhism

Thai people love the Royal Family.

Avoid political topics. They never talk about it in public, are very likely, and don’t like you criticize them and their country (sometimes do it themselves).

Foot Pointing is a very inappropriate gesture. To name a person they always do it with a chin movement or gaze. Toward somebody or pushing things with your feet is very rude. In the Thai culture, feet are considered the lower part of the body and the dirtiest.

sky pointing

Don’t touch someone head, is very impolite, and avoid stepping over people’s sleeping or sitting on the ground.

Duck down if you pass between two persons engaged in conversation.

Throwing things, money in direction of someone is rude.

Always take off your shoes before entering a guest’s house, and temples. It’s can happen in some shops and restaurants.

In case of conflict or misunderstanding, stay calm. Even if you are not wrong, smile and try to negotiate.

Thai people are polite and pleasant, but have a high temper and don’t like to lose face.

don’t cross your legs when seated facing another person

Wai an Older Personor of the Same AgeWai, Sawasdee sawat dee

Is the traditional greeting and a show of respect. Always return a wai, but entering a shop if staffs do just smile. It’s also a way to apologize.
Don’t if the person is younger than you.



No hugging and kissing

In public place kissing is disrespectful, although nowadays the young generation sometimes forgets their culture, and the older have to remind them to behave.

Dress well

The Bangkokians like to dress properly, and appreciate the visitors nicely dressed, but don’t like the ones who are too cool “as if they were on the beach”.

Don’t stop Smiling

Keep smiling, be patient and calm, this is the “passport” to enjoy this country.

Some strange law in the kingdom of Thailand

It is illegal to drive a car with no shirt.

Don’t leave the house without wearing underwear, It is against the law.

More seriously

You can’t step on the money. The Thai monarchy features on all, and it’s a disrespect that is taken seriously.

Don’t even think of throwing used chewing gum on the sidewalk, it’s a crime.

Sale of liquor is prohibited in stores and supermarkets from 14.00 to 17.00 and from midnight to 11.00.


Temples, public offices, education institutions, gas stations, hospitals, and public parks. You can receive a six-month imprisonment and 10,000 baht fine.

Carry your I.D

It’s against the law to not have and I.D in case of control. And be aware a permit is requested to take certain items out of the country.

No casino, gambling is illegal

Smokers be alert No smoking on the beach

E-cigarettes set to be legal in Thailand

The devices and liquid will be taxed, paving the way for their legal use in Thailand.

thailand law

If you have any questions, I will be more than happy to help you out

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