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Tourism in Thailand
Tips for Tourists
Do’s and Don’t in Thailand
The Monarchy: Thai people have a deep, traditional reverence for the Royal Family, and a visitor should show respect for the King, the Queen and the Royal Family.
Religion: Visitors should dress neatly in all religious shrines. They should never go sleeveless or in shorts, hot pants or other unsuitable attire. It is acceptable to wear shoes when walking around the compound of a Buddhist temple, but not inside the chapel where the principle Buddha image is kept.
Each Buddha image, large or small, ruined or not, is regarded as a sacred object. Never climb onto one to take a photograph or do anything which might indicate a lack of respect. Buddhist monks are forbidden to touch or be touched by a woman, or to accept anything from the hand of one. If a woman has to accept anything to monk, she first hands it to a woman, who then presents it.
Thais don’t normally shake hands when they greet one another, but instead press the palms together in a prayer-like gesture called a wai. Generally a younger person wais an elder, who returns it.
Thais regard the head as the highest part of the body, literally and figuratively. Therefore, avoid touching people on the head.
Do not use your fee to point at people or an object. It is considered very rude.
Always remove your shoes when entering a private Thai home.
Public displays of affection between men and women are frowned upon in Thailand.
Beware of unauthorized people who offer their services as guides. For all tourist information, contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Tel : 1672. For information about Bangkok, contact the Bangkok Metropolitan Tourist Bureau, Tel : 0 2225 7612-4.
Observe all normal precautions as regards to personal safety, as well as the safety for your belongings. Walking alone on quiet streets or deserted areas is not recommended. Be sure that all your valuables -- money, jewelry, and airline tickets are properly protected from loss. Visitors needing assistance relating to safety, unethical practices, or other matters, please call the Tourist Police at Tel: 1155.
Always throw away your garbage into a waste bin. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is strictly enforcing the law in to keep the city clean and sanitary. Fines will be imposed on persons who litters in public areas.
Penalties for drug offences are very severe in Thailand.
Do not support any manner of wild animal abuse. Never purchase any products or souvenirs made from wild animals or reptiles -- like snakes, lizards, turtles or elephants. Avoid patronizing local restaurants that serve wild animal delicacies. It is against the law is slaughter wildlife for food in Thailand.
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