Southern Thailand Local Customs

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    by lotharscheer
  • Local Customs
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  • Local Customs
    by machomikemd

Southern Thailand Local Customs

  • Religion & Beliefs

    Ko Samui Local Customs

    One of the things that I have never understood about travellers is their desire to break the rules, or guidelines of the local people. Out of respect to the people who look after this temple, and also the buddhists, please remove your shoes and wear non-revealing clothing. It is not too much to ask to do this, but please do be a respectful...

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  • Bullfighting

    Hat Yai Local Customs

    Apparantly Hat Yai is one of the main centre for Bullfighting in Thailand. Many local people seem to have no problem with a variety of 'sports' that enable humans to use dumb defenceless animals for the questionable pleasure of being able to lay a bet or two. If you read on you will see it is very different to the 'sterotype' we have in our minds...

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  • Language

    Ko Samui Local Customs

    As with any foreign country it is an advantage to learn some basic communication terms.In thai it is handy to know the following terms. Sa-wa-dee khap for males,Sa-wa-dee ka for females(hello or goodbye). Kap kun khap for males,kap kun ka for females(thank you). Other handy one`s are Cow jye my(do you understand) Cow jye(yes i do) My cow...

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  • Religion

    Hat Yai Local Customs

    At various shops around the place you will see orange buckets loaded with food and toiletries. These are passed to monks as part of their daily 'alms-collecting'. Monks are supposed to have very few possessions - but being Thailand the austere monastary rules are to put it politely - 'a bit strained'. Buying one of these goodie-bags is at least...

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  • The Importance of the Head.

    The head is the most sacred part of the body in Thai culture and the foot is the least sacred.There is a certain etiquette to follow regarding these specific body parts.In western society it is quite common practise to ruffle the hair of someone who has done well in perhaps a sporting activity. Do not do this to a Thai person ( especially adult...

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  • a little thai goes a long way

    make an effort to learn some thai phrases it will go a long way ! be respectful of the locals and do not insult them ! i see many tourist behave badly and wonder why they get bad service. thais are very friendly people ,but like you, they do not like to be treated rudely. if you barter too hard and they let you walk away ! you have gone too far ....

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  • Ghosts

    If you are travelling around Southern Thailand you may notice scarecrows out the front of many of the houses. Thailand doesn't have a problem with crows, rather, with a terrible ghost named "Phi Bawp" .These fearsome ghosts are the result of black magic practitioners who allowed their magic to get out of control, overtaking them and transforming...

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  • Buddhism

    The most common religion present in Southern Thailand is Buddhism. The most typical place to see Buddhist principles are at a Wat (temple). Some statues can be up to 12 metres tall, such as this photo of Wat Phra Yai, which is located in Koh Samui, a small island off the eastern coast of Southern Thailand.Please enjoy this culture, but respect the...

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  • Greet with Wai

    In Thailand, they do not shake hands but perform Wai.Clasp your hands together in a prayer-like way, and bow slightly. This is the Thai equivelant of greeting with a handshake and I found it to be a nice little quirk to the whole Thai experience.

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  • The typical Thai Toilet

    This was the one thing my travel mate had the biggest problems with - culture shok so to say. As an european he was used the toilets where you can sit down. Wipe with toilet paper and flush when you are finished.Now this. How to use this?First: you stand on the toilet (you can see the places where your feet go).So push down trousers or skirts as...

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  • Thai bootleg whiskey

    This Thai bootleg is absolutely delicious! It is as clear as water and is made from palm sugar (grown in the area) and rice.It is supposed to be around 68% alcohol, but you wouldn't know it. This whiskey is more smooth and mellow than a good quality, aged scotch. It's also a good basic medium to which you could add flavourings. There is no shock in...

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