Do’s

 

  • Tell the lecturer when you know you’re going to arrive late to class and apologize
  • If an elder person waves to you, you have to wave back politely to show your respect
  • If a local gives a wâi to you, to be polite, it is nice to wâi back.
  • Smile. In fact, smile as much as you can. Thais smile under any kind of situation, a cultural habit that Westerners often can’t understand. When in Bangkok, do as the locals do.
  • Wear appropriate dress before entering a temple – avoid sleeveless shirts, flip-flops, and too-short shorts or skirts, for starters.
  • Before entering a house or office, it’s polite to leave your shoes outside.

 

Dont’s

 

  • Buddhism is practiced by most Thais, so one must take extra-special care not to offend their religious sensibilities.
  • Don’t tell a teacher in the class that he or she is wrong
  • Don’t touch others’ body while greeting.
  • Don’t make direct questions; it’s better to give hints.
  • Don’t make fun of Buddha.
  • For Thais, the head is the most sacred part of the body, while the feet are the lowest and the filthiest. Don’t ever touch a Thai person’s head; at the same time, you must never show the soles of your feet to anyone, or use your feet to point to something.

 

Stereotypes

1) Thais are lazy.

2) Thais don’t read.

3) Thais are vain

4) Old white men with young Thai girlfriends

5) Thailand is a 24/7 year-round sextival.

6) Thais are friendly

7) Thai politicians are corrupt