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    Wat to do? in the Wats

    by spitball Updated May 27, 2006

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    While in the country of Thailand, you should respect their rules, such as taking off your shoes and boots when visiting any temple or (Wat), never having your head any higher than the buddah's image, this includes statues and/or paintings. Do Not, under any circumstance, touch anyone on the top of their head, this is thought to be disrespectful. They will most times, let you know. But sometimes they will not, they might think poorly of you after you've gone. Help them to think that you and most foreigners are okay. That way, we can all go back there without many problems.

    Golden Buddah Coin
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    using a Thai Toilet

    by Myndo Updated Mar 14, 2005

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    Of course in the hotels and more modern places you find the same toilets as we have, but there are still places you can come around one of these (see pictures).

    In Switzerland we call these "plumps-klo".
    It is obvious where you have to stand for them.
    The problems start afterwards.
    There is no toilet paper (although in some places you will get it at the entrance of the toilet).
    Thais use their left hand to wash themselves - the water is on the right side.

    After you have finished, use the pot that is swimming in the water to flush down whatever is there.

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    Do´s and Don´t s in the temple

    by Myndo Updated Mar 13, 2005

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    - dress politely, do not wear shorts
    (and no spaghetti straps either, the shoulders should be covered): It is as everywhere ... you will also not go visit the Petersdome like that: they would not let you in.

    - Show respect in the temple and shrine

    - Take off your shoes before entering

    - Keep your head lower than Buddha images and Monks (that is a hard one, good that most images are located on a platform...)

    - Don´t touch the Buddha images

    - Don´t display affection for another person in public (that does also go outside the temples ... openly kissing and holding hands is definitely "out" in Thailand)

    - Always keep clean.

    On the outside you sometimes find these "money-trees" like in the picture.
    They are here, because Monks are (or were) not allowed to take money directly. So these are givings for the temple.

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    Traffic light countdown

    by Myndo Updated Mar 13, 2005

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    Right next to some traffic lights in the bigger Cities of Thailand (not only the north, but also in Phuket), you may come across these "Countdown-Signs".
    They show you how long until the traffic light changes again.
    Good for the not so patient automobilist, I think, but take care.
    The Thais tend to really start at "0", so if you are there, do it as well.

    Changing times can be really short too - sometimes they also have these for the pedestrians - you have 6 seconds to cross the street ... 5....4....3...2....1 ...0 (screeech!).

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    Tung Banners

    by pattayaraj Written Jan 7, 2004

    Tungs are made from Paper, cloth , metals or woods of varying size and styles. They are displayed at the temple during festivals and special ceremonies.
    Tungs which made from Paper and cloth are hung on bamboo poles. Wooden or metals tungs called Tung Kradang. All places in or out the building for making merit and bringing a good fortune.

    Hanging Tung on sand mountian.
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