The most important thing that you must know while visiting Thailand
is Wai or the Thai mode of greeting. The Thais join the palms of their hands
and bow their heads in order to sho customs and traditions, the knowledge of
which would prove beneficial to the tourists. Here are a few of them:w a
respectful greeting. However such greetings are not to be used for a child!
There are yet many other things about Thailand's
Apart from greeting each other with the Wai gesture, the
people of Thailand
address to the elders by adding a Pi before their names. On the other hand,
nong is added before the name of a child to show endearment.
Head is considered to be the highest and purest part of
human body by the Thai people. Therefore, pointing at someone or touching
someone with feet is considered to be highly disrespectful. It is for the same
reason that stepping on the Thai coin that contains the king's head or sitting
in a temple with feet pointed to the religious icon is considered sacrilegious.
It is mandatory to open one's footwear before entering a
temple or a house. Finding heaps of shoes in front of a shop or a restaurant in
is a usual phenomenon.
The custom of eating food is also singular. Tradition
demands that there should be several dishes on the table and the guest is
expected to taste a little bit of everything.
Public display of affection by couples is forbidden by the
Women are supposed to make way for Buddhist monks so as to
prevent an accidental physical contact.
It has been the tradition of Buddhist families in Thailand to send
the boy to endure a 3 months monk hood when they were 20 years of age.
Traditional Buddhist marriages demand that the couple must
at first bow before the idol of Buddha. Also, the presence of a monk during a
marriage ceremony was considered to be ominous.
Thai funerals usually last for a week and the grieved are
requested not to cry so that the soul of the departed is not troubled. The
monks chant hymns and the after the cremation of the body, the ashes were put
in an urn and kept in a Chedi in the local temple.
The Thai folks celebrate various festivals throughout the
year such as the New Year, maka and songkran. These festivals are part of the
If you have a brief idea about the Thai customs and
traditions, you are likely to be respected and loved by the local people!