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Hello, Sawatdee kaa and Sabai dee,

My next trip will be Thailand and Laos, and this is all about the before, the trip and the after - similar to my Malaysia/Cambodia blog. I am putting together from start to finish - tickets, do's and don'ts, tours, where to stay, places to see, things to do, as well as useful extras like transport, good places to eat, what to wear, climate, tourist traps, tricks and tips and whatever else I can think of that will be useful.

If you have any tips or advice, please, feel free to leave a comment and add your bit - whatever you think may be helpful or interesting.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

20. Things You Should Not Do In Thailand

There are some things you definitely should not do when you're in Thailnd and it's a good thing to learn before going so as to avoid giving offence.

Criticising the King
The Thai people have a great love for their king and not only is it rude to make negative remarks about the King, the royal family or the institution of the monarchy, it is also a crime. Lèse majesté is enforced in Thailand.

Patting the head
The head is the most important part of the body, so no touching someone's head.

Pointing the feet
The feet are considered dirty - you should never point them at someone, it is considered offensive. And don't point your feet at any Buddha statue.

Visiting a temple
Remove your shoes before visiting a temple.

Getting angry
Raising your voice or losing your temper is a big no-no. Not only will it not get you what you want, the local people won't respect you.

Saving face
It is important never to cause someone to lose face. So don't shout and yell in public.

Palm down
When you hail a taxi, or wish to beckon a waiter or anyone, have your palm down and fingers straight.

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