GETTING ALONG IN THAILAND
The people of Thailand are renown throughout the world for their tolerance, hospitality and friendly smiles. All the same, as a visitor to the land of a thousand smiles you may find it helpful to be aware of certain Dos and DON’Ts thus avoiding unintentional miscues. Actually, most of these are only a simple matter of common sense combined with good manners. Not so much different than you would act in your home country but a few significant enough to mention.
RELIGION: Thai law is very specific in regards to religious offenses. These laws not only cover Buddhism, the major religion of the country, but apply to the other faiths represented in the Kingdom as well. Here are a few reminders when visiting religious places. Dress neatly. Don’t go shirtless or in shorts, hot pants or other unsuitable attire. Remove your shoes when entering a temple. Buddhist priests are forbidden to touch or to be touched by women. All Buddha Images, large or small, ruined or not, are regarded as sacred don’t do anything that would indicate a lack of respect.
DINING: To get a waiters attention, a wave of the hand is all that’s needed. Refrain from clapping, hissing or snapping fingers. Usually a tip of 10-20 Baht or 5-10 % of the bill should be given when dining in a middle, or high class restaurants,
We wish you enjoying pleasant and amazing
travelling in Thailand