Thai people are tolerant and hospitable.
Normally tourists will have no difficulty in
adjusting to the local customs. However, they may find it useful to
be aware of certain dos and don’ts.
Thai people deeply revere the Royal
Family. A visitor should be careful to show
respect for the King and the Royal Family. The best guide as to how
to behave is
to watch the crowd and do what it does.
When going inside a chapel, shoes
must be removed.
Never climb onto any image of Buddha
or chedis to take a photograph.
Buddhist monks are forbidden to
touch or be touched by women, or to accept
anything from the hand of a woman. To give anything to a monk, a woman
either hand it to a man who then passes it to the monk, or the monk
out a piece of handkerchief in front of him for her to lay down her
When entering a Thai home, take
off your shoes.
“Nam-jai” (which literally means water
of the heart) is very important for Thai people. When Thai people
say that a person has “nam-jaii,” it means that this person
is happy to make sacrifices for friends and extend hospitality to
Thai people always say “mai pen rai”
(never mind or it doesn’t matter) when something unfortunate
happens. They think that everybody and everything is acceptable. Conflicts
should be avoided.
Thai people also have a feeling of “greng-jai.”
They are very reluctant to impose on anyone or disturb other people.
Thai people are also expected to realize “thii
tam thii soong”(literally, high place and low place). People
can be “high” or “low” according to their
age, family background, occupation, and professional position. They
should behave and treat other people according to their own and other
people’s status. Body parts such as the head and face are considered
“thii soong” (high place) and feet “thii tam”
(low place).Therefore, Thai people feel offended when someone touches
or passes something to another person over their heads. They are also
offended when a person points to them or at something with his foot.
Head is considered “thii soong” (high place). Therefore,
Thai people feel offended when someone touches their heads.
Thai people think that everything is acceptable.
Conflicts, therefore, should be
When Thai people say that a person
has “nam-jai,” it means that that person ___________.
What do Thai people say when
something unfortunate happens?
People can be “high” or “low”
depending on what?
What body parts are considered as “thii soong”
What body parts are considered as “thii tam”
Why do Thai people feel offended when someone touches