For all its modernity and welcoming culture, Thailand still remains, more or less, a rather conservative society. Thais love simplicity and modesty in everything, from the way they carry themselves to the clothes they wear, to the way they interact with one and another.
So, we let you in on a few tips, so that you get a clearer idea of what life in Thailand is like. Their culture could be vastly new to you, so, here’s what not to do in Thailand.
1. Respect images and idols of Buddha. Do not make rude gestures next to them, or at them. All inappropriate gestures in a temple or around idols must be avoided at any cost.
2. Dress appropriately. Whether you’re going to the mall, or just taking a walk, or going to a temple, never wear shorts or skirts that are well above the knee. Keep in mind of the Thai conservatism towards appearances.
3. Tuk-tuk rides are a lot of fun but do not get into tuk-tuks that are parked along the side of the street, in a long line. The drivers will try to take you on detours or to commission-paying merchants that often sound ridiculously cheap. If you really do try a tuk-tuk ride, hail a passing tuk-tuk instead and insist on going straight to your destination.
4. Generally, tuk-tuk rides are likely to be as expensive as, or even more than, a taxi. However, do not get into any taxi that doesn’t have a meter or refuses to use the meter. Chances are, you will get fleeced. Likewise, you are far more likely to hail an honest metered taxi on the street than find one in taxi queues at popular tourist spots.
5. Do not sit with your feet up on the table. This is a sign of utmost disrespect. Even if the setting is casual, always make sure your feet are firmly on the floor.
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