Thailand - "The land of golden temples" is well known for residents' friendliness and hospitality. Thai are so kind, polite and thoughtful to tourists that most of the travelers have no difficulty in exploring this oriental country. However, it is necessary for you to know some typical cultural features in this South East Asian nation when you are a foreigner. Let's read this article to know something important before traveling to Thailand.
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Conception of eating
|Thai Cuisine is flavorful
Shopping in ThailandWhen traveling to Thailand, you should haggle reasonably and not insist on the price you give. Haggling is popular in small shops or stores and sometimes in supermarkets. But in big shopping malls or marts, the price of all goods is fixed, so haggling is in vain.
Taboos in customs and habits of Thailand
|There are some taboos in Thai culture you should know before traveling to Thailand
- Do not step on any Thai currency since it does mean that you do not respect the King. This action is even illegal.
- Do not use only your left hand to give someone a gift since Thai believe the right hand symbolizes grandeur while the other hand symbolizes lowliness. Do use your right hand or both of your hand is the best.
- Do not use your forefinger to point something or someone since this is rude and impolite.
- When coming to pagodas or temples, do not wear unsuitable clothes such as shorts or mini jupes. You also have to take off your shoes and do not step on the doorstep when visiting Muslim temples, churches or private houses.
- Do not touch or rub somebody's head since this seems to look down on them.
- Do not touch women's body if not allowed or see them in over 2 seconds. Thai women are so reserved. These kinds of activities are considered rudeness.
- A thing you had better notice: don't use red ink pens to sign. According to customs of Thailand, this kind of pen is only used for write the name of the deceased on the coffin lid.
- Thai hate the number 6 and like the number 9, so try to avoid all things related the number 6.
Each country has distinctive features of cultures and Thailand is not an exemption. Hence, it's a good idea for you to know some of them before traveling to Thailand.