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What will make traveling even more amazing? Learn what is considered rude or culturally insensitive in the countries you are visiting. Today we will talk about Thailand.
Here in Thailand, it is known as one of the most accommodating cultures. Thai people are welcoming, hospitable, warm and easygoing which is one of their major Characteristic. However, we do not like being offended at all especially when it comes to our culture and social norm. Another drawback of these characteristics is that it can also be tricky to tell when you’re doing something wrong because out of politeness people may not say anything.
Losing face and Being Embarrassed
One of the top fear or we can call it as the value of Thais are two main things. Losing face and Being embarrassed. Try not to raise your voice when it comes to something you don’t feel satisfied with. This is an extreme cultural sensitive issue especially when it happens in public. Thais whom you interact with will probably feel embarrassed or lose face. What you should do is ‘always stay calm’ especially when it comes to bargaining for the price.
Respect The Flag
In America for example, people use the national flag to the greatest level by using it as a bikini. In Thailand for example, We don’t display the Thailand flag in an inappropriate way. You can’t use it to cover your body, you can’t suddenly use it as a sarong and go to the temple or make a headband out of it. The flag represents the king, Religion, and Nation. It’s the pride Thai people hold, we do respect King, Religion, and Nation more than anything.
If you plan to visit Bangkok and happen to use the BTS SkyTrain or Subway. Don’t buy street food or even iced coffee right before you go to the train platform. You cant eat at the train station or in the train station because this is not allowed. Most of the time when you pass the ticket gate there will be the security guard checking your bag randomly. The fun fact every station will have the guard but you might not see them all the time. However, it is the social norm not to do this.
This might surprise a lot of foreigners especially the first time in Thailand, but do you know that there are certain days that alcohol sales are restricted? This is a nationwide situation. This law was passed in 2009 to accommodate Buddhist holidays that take place at certain months in each year. These days have been designated as ‘no alcohol days’ in Thailand. Vendors on these days are expected to adhere to the law or face a jail term for up to 6 months, pay a fine of 10,000 Baht or both.
Do not expect everywhere will provide you tissue paper. While traveling around Thailand, it is always a good idea to keep a small container of tissues with you. You never know when you will be caught short! Many bathrooms in Thailand still have squat toilets and “bum guns”. Essentially hoses used in place of toilet paper, which Westerners may not be accustomed to.
All in all guys, one of the best tips we can give you is, when traveling there in Thailand, try to also be observant. In case you hesitate or are not sure what to do. Try to see what Thais are doing and follow the same. If it happens to fail don’t worry about it at all just smile and say sorry in a polite way. You will win their heart back and they will forgive you I promise.
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