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TIPS FOR TRAVELLERS
In most cases, being polite and respectful
will get you through a lot of situations. While the rules can vary
widely from culture to culture, most reasonable folks seem to
understand that you are at least trying to do the right thing. That
said, here are some specifics about Thailand that may help you better
respect the folks you’ll be visiting.
behavior toward a Buddha image is a crime. This can
include climbing on statues, touching icons or artifacts or being
perceived as making fun of a sacred image, such as striking a goofy
pose next to a special item in a temple.
thing for images of the Royal Family. Do not make jokes
about the King and Queen, or comment inappropriately. Many Thais
display portraits of the monarchs in their homes and shops. Since the
Thai King is pictured on most paper money, do not crumple up bills or
throw money at a taxi driver.
not touch people, even kids, on the head, as this is a
sacred place. Apologize even for slight, accidental touches.
should never touch Buddhist monks, and should never hand anything
directly to a monk. The correct etiquette is to hand the object to a
man, who hands it to the monk.
the other end of things, the bottom of one’s
feet are considered a “dirty” place, so do not show
the soles of your feet to others, and do not sit with your feet
pointing at someone. In temples, notice how many people, even men, sit
kind of side-saddle, to avoid pointing their feet at the sacred images.
traditional Thai greeting of placing one’s
hands together, a wai, is usually returned by you. The exception is
with children, who’s wai you usually do not return.
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