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“Sawasdee” is the word to use for greetings and goodbye. Thai people, especially younger people, also “wai” others as a greeting or to say ‘thank you’ to show respect.

The wai is a unique, graceful action practiced throughout Thailand. It plays a very important part in showing respect, indicated by pressing your palms together near your chest and bowing, when one wais someone, it will look more elegant if one does gently and not carelessly. And when one is waied, one is supposed to return the wai to the other.

What should you do about the wai as a foreign visitor? In normal circumstances, you are advised against doing this to anybody unless first, you are sure that the person you meet is one who deserves your respect; secondly, you are introduced to a group of people; or thirdly, you receive a wai first. In the first case, a wai is only proper.

Thai national Anthem
At 8.00 am and 6.00 pm every day, the national Anthem is played in public places. Most people stop and stand, if you feel like showing some respect, Thais people will of course appreciate it.

Great respect to the monarchy.
Thai people have a true and deep feeling of love and respect for their King, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX). So please always remember that it is a very serious matter in Thailand.

His Majesty has always stressed the importance of basics, because only when the fundamentals are strong can development be sustainable. His Majesty therefore seeks to help the poor by encouraging them to start from the first step of having enough to eat and to live on” before embarking on more ambitious goals. Hence, His Majesty developed a philosophy of “sufficiency economy” as a way of life for the Thai people.

His Majesty uttered the famous Oath of Accession
“We will reign with righteousness for the benefits and happiness of the Siamese people” was the promise he made to his people. And for the past 62 years on the reign, the King has done exactly that.

DO dress properly When you go to the temple,the basic rule is to cover your shoulders and knees (both sexes), and ideally you’d cover your ankles too. On the bottom, wear longer , pants/trousers or a knee-length-or-longer skirt. On top, choose any shirt that fully covers your shoulders. shirt, blouse or polo is fine.

DO take off your shoes Take off your shoes in or around the temple grounds. Make this an easier process for yourself by wearing slip-on shoes. Do not wear tennis shoes and complain about having to take off your shoes often.

DON’Ts for Thailand

DON’T put your feet up on anything not meant for feet . (Feet = dirty, Keep them on the floor). Also be aware that pointing to anything, or pushing things around with your feet and do not place your feet on the table while sitting and don’t touch anybody with your feet, all gesture are rude.

DON’T touch anyone’s head – not even children. It’s the most important part of the body.

Don’t touch a Thai woman without consent. Despite the image portrayed in some bars and clubs, the majority of Thai women are conservative

What to do and what to know for visitingThailand

The Airport transportation information
Airport Link : There are two lines running between the Airport and Phaya Thai / Makkasan station. One is the Airport Express, the other is the City Line (citiliner). Both are running on the same track but one stops at each station and the Express will go all the way to either Phaya Thai or Makkasan station. The journey time is 15 mins and 30 mins respectively.

Taxis: queue at hotel doors. Get the doorman to tell the driver where you want to go and you do want to use the meter. It’s better just to walk out to the roadside and hail a passing cab yourself ALWAYS ask if he will use the meter if not, refuse the ride and try another taxi ,sooner or later you will find one who will use the meter. Be prepared for the driver to have no change by always keeping a small stash of THB20’s, 50’s and 100?

Itinerary, you should definitely know what area of Bangkok you want to go.The main areas that visitors come to first include:

Sukhumvit – Located along the longest and busy road in Bangkok are many budget, medium to high-end hotels. This is the central area for those who like to be in the heart of everything.
Silom/Sathorn – Two adjacent areas that are a bit less tourist-oriented than other options. Many hotels located along Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River offer tourists who have a bit more spending money a more relaxed atmosphere and more sophisticated accommodation, dining and night-life options.
Khao San Road — Where backpackers go who are on a budget, want to meet other travellers, and/or party. Many inexpensive hostels are located and easy to find accommodation

Thanks for wai picture from Thai Airways

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