Thailand is definitely a stunning country and that’s why a lot of people flock the country year in year out. You will often hear about Thailand and how kind its people are, and I can say from my experience that it is truly an amazing country. Thai citizens are exceptional people with big hearts to complement their big smiles.
It is not surprising that Thailand is probably the frequently visited countries by hikers and foreign travelers. Everything from the spectacular shorelines on the Southern Islands and stunning scenery on the North, to the rich tradition found all through the entire country, persuades you into experiencing what this country is offering not forgetting the endless wild parties.
With that said and done, traveling overseas can be challenging irrespective of where you go as you will always come across social customs that you need to adhere to be welcomed in your new environment. Since you don’t want to fall on the wrong side or rub shoulders with anyone, I have listed eight of the things you need to know before visiting Thailand.
The king and The Royal Family Must Be Respected
The king and the royal family, in particular, are completely cherished by the Thai citizens. When in Thailand, you will realize that numerous photos of the king can be spotted virtually everywhere so it is important not to harm or make fun of the king and the royal family in any way.
Thai natives consider the king and the entire royal family as a mark of righteousness and appropriate devotion to the Buddhist guidelines. Many people also see him as a fatherly figure, such that he is celebrated all over the country during the father’s day. Unsurprisingly, it is an offense to say or comment negatively about the king and his revered family.
In Thailand, the national anthem is played on a daily basis at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. in all public places and media houses. During this time, you will notice that everybody stops whatever they are doing to stand attention. It is essential that you do the same if you want to be received well by the Thai nationals.
There are Few or No Toilet Papers in Most Shops
You will certainly be able to find a good number of western-style lavatories in Thailand. However, you will also come across several Asian squat toilets. I definitely understand how you may be wary at the thought of the crouching position to do your business but as soon as you get used to it.
Nonetheless, you will need to carry some toilet papers at any given time because they are hardly found in the shops and supermarkets. This is because Thailand citizens use bidet shower instead of toilet papers. So, if you are not ready to join their bandwagon, make sure you go there prepared.
The head is deemed the holiest part of the body and the feet are considered the least. Never touch anybody in the head and in no way should you point anything using your feet. Both acts are deemed disrespectful. It is also important that you do everything using your right hand.
For instance, using your left to wave, paying for goods, or even handing over something to another person is considered disrespectful because the left hand is used as the bathroom hand.
Beware of Scammers
In Thailand, scammers are virtual in every street of the country. Don’t buy goods sold or promoted by anyone on the streets including jewelry.
Do not be lured by the huge discounts they offer as it is a way of piling pressure on you to persuade you into buying their goods at relatively low prices.
In most cases, these goods are usually fake and you may end up losing a lot of money to the scammers.
Thailand’s healthcare sector is deemed one of the best globally, so, anytime you visit Thailand don’t be afraid to use them.
Most streets in Thai’s Capital and towns are very noisy and you may at times be forced to carry earplugs if you are to avoid the noise. It is advisable that before you book a hotel in any of Thailand’s towns, check reviews on top hotels and accommodation websites to know if they are located in noisy places or not.
It is an offense if you are in possession of the movie” The King and I.” This movie is banned in Thailand because it is considered inaccurate and an insult to the much adored Royal family.
Whenever possible, it is essential that you salute Thai natives using your hands together while slightly bowing. Thailand citizens appreciate foreigners who have interest in their traditional customs.