If you plan a trip to the land of smiles, maybe you
want to know some things about the Thailand customs.
The wai is one of the important Thailand customs and
represents a gesture that you will see as soon as
you arrive there. The gesture consists in pressing the palms together
at your nose or chest level followed by your head’s
This gesture is used to express goodbye, thank you,
hello, and it is a sign of respect.
Among the Thailand customs is to stand when the
anthem is played, before a concert, movie, etc.
The offenses brought to the royals can put you in
jail. Each week’s day is associated with a colour,
based on the Hindu legends of the pre-Buddhist time.
You will see people wearing
yellow on Mondays, in honour of the day when the king was
born, pink on Tuesdays and blue on Fridays to honour the day
when the queen was born.
You will also meet the Main pen rai expression,
meaning ‘Never mind’, a part of the Thailand customs
It is the unofficial philosophy of the
country, the Thais preferring to be calm and take
anything with fun (sanuk).
Among the Thailand customs is also the tolerant
attitude regarding the sexual orientation.
You will meet transsexuals in the mainstream
society, from teens to local celebrities.
not to touch the offerings of garlands and food for
Buddha as well as the houses altars because the
Thais are very superstitious and are afraid of the
harmonious balance’s disruption.
The Buddhist religion is a very important aspect of
the locals’ everyday life.
Also according to the Buddhism, to touch
someone’s head is very offensive, the head being considered
the body’s most important part. It’s very offensive to raise
your feet at religious objects and people, too. Respecting
the Thailand customs means to
take your shoes off before
entering in a house or in a religious structure, to
not wear short skirts, sleeveless tops, flip flops
and shorts when you want to enter the temples and
the women are not allowed to touch the monks or give
the something directly but they can talk politely to
the monks. The women may also be prohibited from
entering in some places considered highly sacred.
You will also observe that the Thais have nicknames,
which usually are mono-syllabic. It also part of the
Thailand customs, the most of the nicknames being
related with the fruits, animals and colours: Moo
(pig), Lek (small), Moo Daeng (red), but also: Benz,
Money and Good. Bathroom also has its Thailand
customs: in the areas with outdoor
bathing, the men have to bath in
underwear and the women to wear a wraparound or a sarong.
The traditional washrooms have a through filled full of
water and a bowl or ladle is used to put the water on your
body. The squat toilets can be met outside of big cities;
the used toilet paper has to be put in the bin and not in