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As when you are coming into any unfamiliar society, a visitor may find it helpful to be aware of certain do’s and don’ts and thus avoid giving accidental offense. Basically, most of these are simply a matter of common sense and good manners-not really all that different from the way one would behave in one’s own country but a few are special enough to be pointed out.
The Monarchy
Thai people have a deep, traditional reverence for their Royal Family, and a visitor should also be careful to show respect for the King and the Queen and the Royal Children. In a cinema, for example, all the audience is must stand up to show respect to the portrait of the King while is playing the national anthem.
When visiting a religious place Dress neatly. Don’ t go shirtless, shorts or other unsuitable attire. Buddhist priests are forbidden to touch by a woman.
Don’ t wear shoes inside the chapel where the principal Buddha image is kept.
All Buddha image, large or small, ruined or not, are regarded as sacred object. Don’ t climb up on one to take a photograph.
Social Customs
Thai social behavior are less clearly defined than those concerning the monarchy or religion. However, what is acceptable in Bangkok may be much less so in the countryside where the conservative still strong. There are a few things to keep in mind: ? Thais don’ t normally shake hand when they greet one another, but instead press the palms together in a prayer-like gesture calls a Wai.
It’s considered rude to point your foot to show anything to anyone.
Thais regard the head as the highest part of the body, both literally, and figuratively. As a result they don’ t approve of patting anyone there, even in a friendly gesture. Thais usually call “Khun” (Mr.,Mrs.,or Miss………….) follow by the name instead of calling surname like western style.

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