Bangkok Local Customs

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  • 1. Wai - Traditional Thai Greeting

    Thais greet each other with the ‘wai’ (pronounced like the word ‘why’), placing the palms of their hands together as in prayer and raising them to the level of their face whilst bowing slightly....

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  • 2. Dress codes

    In most Asian countries it's common to understand the remains of British influence, in the students' dress code. In Bangkok we saw a parade with students using traditional costumes and some...

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  • 3. Respect for Royalty

    Thais from all walks of life still have deep respect and a genuine affection for their royal family. You will find pictures of the King adorning not just every public building but even holding pride...

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  • 4. Touching Heads

    The must Do: -dress properly when visiting a temple -treat monks with the highest respect -try to learn a few Thai phrases -smile -enjoy DON'T EVER TRY TO: Don't show disrespect towards the...

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  • 5. Songkran Festival

    During Songkran, most office buildings, banks as well as family-run shops and restaurants shut down completely, while big shopping malls usually remain open. During Songkran,Thais throw water at...

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  • 6. Buddhism & Monks

    Thailand is officially a Buddhist country and some 95% of Thais are Buddhists. Always remember to remove your shoes and dress smartly when entering a temple (sleeveless shorts and short skirts are not...

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  • 7. Thai Language

    A good way to learn the Thai language is through listen .Listening to Thai music can improve your listening skill as well as to learn new words . One band that is easy to listen to with many...

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  • 8. Local Food

    thailand is a powerhouse in growing various fruits from around the world and it has a large fruit agro-industrial industry besides the traditional rice growing. evidence of this is that you can buy...

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  • 9. Removing Shoes

    Religion has an important part in life for many people in Thailand. And Buddhism is the main religion. Praying and sacrificing with incense and flowers are ways of showing respect to god. Take of your...

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  • 10. Local Beers

    Beer Lao is not a thailand beer original, it is manufactured in nearby Laos by the Lao Brewery Company, but it is imported in large quantities from laos as it is becoming popular as a beer drink with...

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  • 11. Thai Dance

    We were fortunate enough to be visiting Wat Arun when a troop of lion dancers arrived to bless all the shrines for Chinese New Year. After the dancing they lit the usual deafening fire crackers for...

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  • 12. Bargain - Haggling

    Bargaining is meant to be fun so the first rule is that you should never get angry or rude with merchants. Sometimes merchants will be rude to you in an effort to make farangs lose face but don't...

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  • 13. Public Displays of Affection

    Thai and Western ideas about what constitutes acceptable physical contact in public are fundamentally different! While people of the same sex can often be seen holding hands on the street, you will...

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  • 14. Souvenirs

    Again, as everyone would know by now, not only do I collect fridge Magnets but also shot glasses and here in tourist friendly thailand, there are literally tons and tons of assorted souvenir items to...

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  • 15. Smiling

    Thais admire serenity and regard overt expressions of emotion as immature and unsightly. This is especially true in the case of anger or impatience. If you show anger, you will immediately lose the...

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  • 16. Foot Etiquette

    In Buddhist culture, the feet are the lowest and most unclean part of the body, while the head is the highest part of the body. Touching someone on the head, or shaking your foot, or pointing with...

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  • 17. Flowers

    Flower-power I always adored in the 60's with the lovely Hippie childeren. I guess it is the smell of nature, and you see in Thailand those special flower-shops of arranging flowers used in...

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  • 18. Thai Massages

    Thai massage is believed to have been developed by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, physician to Buddha, more than 2,500 years ago in India. It made its way to Thailand, where the Ayurvedic techniques and...

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  • 19. Spirit Houses

    You see these everywhere, form the small and humble to the elaborate and not exactly small. These are built to applease and house any spirits (mainly tree dewlling ones,) that are displaced due to...

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  • 20. Money

    Paid 250Baht to get into the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo, upon entering the palace, looked up and was surprised to see a sign that says it's FREE for the Thais. Later, I found the same thing for...

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  • 21. Stray Dogs & Cats

    We saw this poor old dog in Chinatown over a few holidays - it lived in a phonebooth near our hotel, in one of the Chinatown shopping streets. Seemed to be quite tolerated here - people would stand...

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  • 22. City Name

    An interesting fact that not many travelers know is that Bangkok is not called Bangkok in Thai. It's official name is Krungthep Maharnakorn...... it goes on and on and on, there is actually a song...

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  • 23. Elephants

    Elephant riding has become an integral part of all tourists' visits to Thailand. Well- trained elephants can be ridden through local villages and surrounding forests Tourist attractions throughout...

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  • 24. Singha Beer

    Singha Beer is the number one domestic beer in thailand while Heineken Beer is the number one international brand beer than is brewed in thailand! It is brewed locally by the Asia Pacific Brewery, the...

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  • 25. Canal & River boats

    On the banks of the Chao Phraya river, you will see rickety old wooden houses on stilts and covered boats. The people that live here are called the boat people. They do not have much money but seem...

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