Some Points of Religious Etiquette:
Although the Thai do not expect visitors to believe in Buddhism, they do expect that visitors respect Buddhist images, beliefs, and practices.
You need not participate in rituals, but you are certainly welcome to. You may, for instance, pay homage before a high-ranking monk or a Buddha image by kneeling, presenting a wai, and bowing to the floor three times. Or you may wish to make symbolic (incense, candles, and gold leaf) and financial offerings at a temple.
Even if you don't participate in rituals, in the presence of a monk, you should keep your head lower than his (stoop if he is standing and sit or crouch if he is seated). Be very careful not to point your feet at anyone, particularly a monk or Buddha image.
The doorway of the bòt (main temple building) has a raised threshold, which must not be stood or stepped on. Thai people believe holy spirits reside in these thresholds.
Women must never touch monks or novices (nen) and men must never touch nuns (mae-chee).
When you visit Buddhist temples, wear appropriate clothing—trousers for men, knee or lower length skirts for women and, for special occasion, tops with long sleeves for either gender. Some tourist-frequented wat permit inappropriately dressed visitors; most don't.
If you participate in presenting alms (merit-making gifts). Everything given must not be used prior to presentation (even the first serving of food, for instance, is taken for alms-giving). Sniffing flowers or incense renders them used and therefore unsuitable for giving.
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On the roads around the National Park, farther south, there are many shrimp farms.
Where there isn't a hut, there's a shrimp pond. The coastal region of southern thailand was once a green, verdant plain of rice paddies. Now, brown shrimp ponds stretch are everywhere.. The clatter of water pumps fills the air day and night, and the farmers have more money than they ever had before.
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Spirit houses are erected to placate the spirits of the land, traditionally before construction of a new building.
They are then adorned daily with insense, flowers, or anything to mollify the spirit.
There is a spirit house on one of the corners on the main street of Hua Hin where people take their offerings each day.
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In Thailand, everybody likes to eat, all the time.
Food stalls are found lining the streets in town, outside of temples, at schools, and along side of the highway.
The picture is of the food stalls that are all along the highway, in case you need to grab a bite while driving.
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Thai homes most always have a spirit house on the grounds of their property.
Some are small, resembling doll houses, sometimes they are replicas of the main house, and other times they are very elaborate buildings.
All are adorned daily with offerings of flowers, incense, food and other assorted goodies each day to keep the spirits happy.
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Peaceful in the morning ...
On many streets all around Hua Hin town, by day, are very lively and colourful with visitors enjoy taking a walk, sightseeing, shopping, enjoy the atmosphere of seaside town, and even more crowded after sunset. But if you get up early, take a walk in town you will found a different town, nice and quiet, remind me a nice Hua Hin town in the old days which was so peaceful. I really like this atmosphere in the morning. Here's in the pic was taken at Nares Damri Road which is one of the most busy area at night.
Hua Hin Monsoon
My last visited to Hua Hin in monsoon period, I was be able to see hua hin in a different. Everytime I visit, Hua Hin always sunny, everywhere look perfect for summer holidays. But this time, it was cold and so windy. I took a walk to fish pier in the moring as I usually do everytime I visit, I couldn't see a lively scene of fishermen as usual, fishing boats all park there and the big wave hit the shore like crazy.. I have never seen Hua Hin in this time before..
Sawasdee from Thailand!
People in Thailand do not shake hands nor say "Hello!"
They put their hands together like in the photo (the gesture is called "wai"), bow with their head and the ladies say "Sawasdee Khaa!" and the gents say "Sawasdee Krap!"
Also when Thai people take farewell they do the same thing!
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I am told that these are here to your trash in but they looked like large rice steamers to me. We saw them lined up in the park.
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