How To Avoid Getting Into Trouble In Thailand

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How To Avoid Getting Into Trouble In Thailand

When we visit Thailand or any other country, it is easy to assume that our values apply there also, or that other people think like we do. This can lead to very embarrassing situations when we find out that we just unknowingly insulted someone or made a fool of ourselves.

Here is a list of Don’ts in Thailand:

  • Never say anything negative about the king. This can land you in jail or get you thrown out of the country.
  • Don’t say anything negative about monks. Although everyone in Thailand knows that not all monks are saints, they are still highly respected and fulfill a very important function in society.
  • Don’t show anger or impatience. If you do, you will not accomplish anything and you will  ‘lose your face’, meaning that any respect that the Thais might have had for you is gone. It is not acceptable to show strong emotions, especially the negative kind.
  • Don’t wear your shoes in anyone’s house or in a temple. A good tip is to wear shoes that you can easily take off.
  • Don’t point your feet at any person or at a Buddha statue or picture, or at a picture of the king or members of the royal family.
  • Don’t speak quickly or use difficult words. If you do, nobody will  understand you.  Slow down your talking pace to about half your normal speed and  consciously use simple words.
  • Don’t try to touch, hug or kiss any Thais. They would be very embarrassed. Shaking hands is not done in Thailand, and hugging and kissing is confined to the bedroom for the most part.
  • Don’t ever reprimand anyone strongly or tell someone flat-out they are wrong. You will make them lose face and they will dislike you for it. You need to make suggestions or drop hints instead. Just be more subtle. Losing face is a big issue in Thailand.
  • Don’t expect that people will tell you the truth about everything. Generally Thais don’t like to say “no”. They will say what is convenient, polite, what helps everyone keep their ‘face’, and what is pleasant to hear. To the Thais, this is more important than if it is true or correct or not.

Here is a list of Do’s in Thailand:

  • Whenever confronted with a difficult situation or person, keep a smile on your face. Thailand is called the “land of smiles” for a reason. A smile will open many more doors than a direct, confrontational or pushy approach.
  • Tell people that you like Thai food. Everyone loves to hear that, since eating is one of the most important aspects of life in Thailand.
  • Learn a few words in Thai, and your acceptance ranking will move up a few notches.
  • Smile at strangers. You will be amazed how  many beautiful smiles you will get in return. Thais are shy people, but they are not shy about smiling.
  • Slow down your pace, take time to talk to strangers. It is very easy to strike up a conversation with just about anyone in Thailand and people love to talk to you. Almost everyone will make time for a little chat. You will learn a lot about Thailand and it’s people that way.
  • Speak slowly and clearly and use simple words. This way you will be understood and it will make conversations much more interesting and enjoyable.
  • Use common sense. Just because Thais are smiling at you does not mean they love you. Just because they are friendly does not mean they are your friend. If anything does not feel right, stay away from the situation.

Following these few guidelines can make your stay much more pleasant and it will help you to avoid stepping on people’s “cultural toes”.

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