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    Do’s and Don’ts in Thailand

    Thailand is generally believed to be a very friendly and welcoming country, particularly to foreigners. However, there are certain rules to be followed if you are to enjoy your stay in this beautiful country to the fullest.

    Most Thailand do’s and don’ts involve the same good manners and common sense you would apply to any country you travel to. There are, though, some important do’s and don’ts to be aware of to avoid causing offence.

    Some of the do’s and don’ts in the country include the following:

    • Do dress respectfully when visiting temples and palaces. Make sure your knees and shoulders should be covered.

    • Don’t point to anything with your feet and don’t place your feet on the table while sitting.

    • Do take off your shoes before entering temples and people’s homes.

    • Don’t raise your voice. In Thai culture, keeping calm and not raising your voice are qualities that are admired.

    • Do respect The Monks. You may see monks anywhere in Thailand, and don’t forget to show them respect.

    • Don’t disrespect The Thai National Anthem. Regardless of your destination, you must respect every country’s national virtues, such as the Thai flag, national anthem, and national heroes.

    • Do adopt a mai pen rai attitude. When you are in Thailand you will hear the expression ‘mai pen rai‘ a lot. It translates as ‘no problem’ or ‘don’t worry about it’.

    • Don’t stand on the raised threshold of a house or temple. Traditional Thai belief says this is where the guardian spirits reside and to show respect and avoid disturbing them, you should step over the threshold.

    Most countries in the world have their own culture and tradition peculiar to them. As an expat in Thailand, you wouldn’t have any tough time as long as you follow the culture and tradition respectfully.

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