Cultural differences are everywhere in the world wherever you go. The most important thing is that you aware of these and respects each Countries laws and habits upon your arrival the following guideline will help you to know what not to do in Thailand to prevent you from uncomfortable situations.
Some things are normal common sense and you should know already not to do it but there are the secret ones which you need to learn about it. We have got you covered:
It can be considered exceptionally ill-mannered for you to point your toes or the soles of your feet towards people, places and inanimate options. Even more so if you point them in the direction towards temples, images of a Buddha or monks … this is a big no no! It is also frowned upon for you to use your feet when you shut a door, step over or kick something. (Also, remember to take your shoes off when you go in to someone’s house or a temple.
Don’t touch any heads
To a Thai person, the head is thought of as the most holy part of the body. Unless you have a very close relationship with that person, touching their head will be considered as a sign of disrespect and would be a source of great discomfort and uneasiness.
Whistling at night is bad luck
Thai people are superstitious and they believe that by whistling at night, you call the spirits which is bad luck! This may not be so much of a worry for some these days but many will still feel a sense of anxiety if they hear a whistle once the sun has gone down.
Thai people are very gentle and softly-spoken and travellers usually stick out like a sore thumb! As a general rule, we are not as reserved as they are. Where you are in the shops or dining with friends, try to be a bit quieter. If you find yourself in an argument, try and stay as calm as you can. By increasing the volume or shouting, you will embarrass all involved.
Don’t get touchy feely with a monk
It is prohibited for monks to make physical contact with a woman. If a monk places something down for a woman to pick up, instead of handing it to them directly, they are not being rude!
Guys, you are allowed to be in contact with a monk, but they will still probably leave a respectful gap between you. Don’t stand over or put yourself in a higher position than a monk!
Once you keep the basic rules and play the game you will have a great memorable time in Thailand with the locals appreciating your knowledge and behaviour.