Northern Thailand Local Customs

  • Local Customs
    by north_thailander
  • Fishing near the north gate.
    Fishing near the north gate.
    by IreneMcKay
  • Flower basket out of banana leaves
    Flower basket out of banana leaves
    by iammon

Northern Thailand Local Customs

  • Correct behaviour

    Chiang Mai Local Customs

    To take off your shoes is extremely important when visiting temples. At the massage rooms, it was also necessary to do so. It was even requested at one of the restaurant I went to. So, it is helpful to wear shoes/sandals which can easily be taken off.

  • Song Kran Festival

    Chiang Mai Local Customs

    Songkran Day has been celebrated as New Year's Day in the Thai solar calendar since ancient times. The date coincides with the day the sun leaves Pisces and enters Aries, usually falling on April 13 of each year. The word "Songkran" means a passage or course and refers to the position of the sun within the solar system. As the sun enters each of...

  • Excursions

    Chiang Mai Local Customs

    Interested in different kinds of Fruits and Plants not found in your country? Then there is a good chance of seeing something entirely different in an Akha & Lisu village. I saw a Longan Fruit tree, which was loaded with fruit, (in big clusters on the Tree), but not quite ready to eat. The fruit is not that big in size, about 1" diameter. We did...

  • Local people

    Chiang Mai Local Customs

    This flower market is located along the western bank of the Ping River, to the north of Nawarat Bridge. Here you can see stalls and shops selling the offering garlands that people take to temples plus ones that they hang in their cars.

  • Wat to do? in the Wats

    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....

  • using a Thai Toilet

    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...

  • Do´s and Don´t s in the temple

    - 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...

  • Traffic light countdown

    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...

  • Tung Banners

    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.


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