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Thailand's Rules of Etiquette That You Must Keep in Mind Let's say you've booked an accommodation somewhere in Thailand, perhaps a hotel in Patong Beach, a guest house in Chiang Mai, or a boutique hotel in Phuket, for a long vacation. Surely, you'll need to know how one is expected to act in this foreign land, especially because it's a country where most people give high regard to good behavior. Keep reading to discover Thailand's essential rules of etiquette. Respect for Royalty Bhumibol Adulyadej, otherwise known as Rama IX, is Thailand's longest-reigning monarch in its history, as well as the world's longest-serving current head of state. This is why when you go to Thailand, you are expected to avoid any insolent act, may it be verbal, physical, or written, against the King or any member of the Royal family. Not the head Thais regard one's head as the highest and most important body part. Because of this, you should avoid touching another person's head if you don't want to offend that person. It should also not get in contact with feet because these, in contrast, are considered the lowest and dirtiest body part. Shoes out Like in many Asian cultures, you are also expected to remove your shoes before entering any Thai house. This is to show honor to its owner. Of course, this covers not only residential establishments, but also places of worship, to show respect to Buddha. No PDAs No, displaying affection in public will not send you to jail. However, if you don't want to have locals giving you judging looks, then you might as well save the kissing for your accommodation or boutique hotel in Patong, Phuket, or Bangkok. Stay calm and smile Locals value people who can keep their cool. This is why you should always try to deflect any drive for an outburst in public. An example is when you're asking for something in a restaurant. Certainly, smiling – and not shouting – will get you what you want. Understand “Wai” The “Wai” – pronounced as “Why” – is the way Thais greet each other. It is a slight bow, with palms pressed together in a prayer-like fashion. This sounds simple, but it's not. It's actually surrounded with a whole lot of social rules. For one, only inferiors should initiate a Wai to a superior. Also, the height of your hands denotes the level of respect you give to the person. So, if you're conflicted, it is always better for you to simply not Wai at all. Hold those shutters It is worth noting that some rural folks in the country still believe that a photograph will capture their soul. But even if you are not dealing with these folks away from the mainland, you should still ask permission before taking pictures of locals. This is all in the name of respect. These embedded rules in society could be the very reason why Thais are usually friendly and polite, especially to tourists that flood the country from all over the world. Luckily, there are hotels in Thailand, like Patong Paragon Resort and Spa, a hotel in Patong Beach, where guests can stay and enjoy in comfortable and luxurious rooms, while discovering the Thai way of life.

Thailand's Rules of Etiquette That You Must Keep in Mind  

Most people in Thailand give very high regard to good behavior. Truth is, there exists a list of deep-rooted rules in society. These include...

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