The Rules That Rule Thailand

When you are in Thailand, it's important to remember a few things that will make your travel the best it can be.

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1: Smile, you're on holiday in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, there's a reason it's called the land of smiles.  -   Not the land of being obnoxious, rude or ignorant.

2: Watch your tone and volume - Yes, although the music, scooters and taxis are loud, doesn't mean you have to be louder - Raising your voice is taken as a sign of aggression and conflict.

3: Don't get "touchy" - Thai people greet differently than most western cultures do, they put both their palms together (nose-height) called: "WAI." usually with a small bow to show respect.
See where I'm going with this? putting your hand out to greet someone can be a little bit awkward as it's not always warmly reciprocated.

4: Never use your feet to point at someone and never let the balms of your feet face a person and even more importantly, never the Buddha, The King or Any royal family member.

5: If you ever drop money, be it coin or paper, never step on it as this is seen as you stepping on the King - His face is on all the currency in Thailand and you can even be fined for this.

6: Never speak badly of the King or any royal family members as this is seen as an act of treason.

7: Don't play the "Four-In-A-Row" board-game game with bartenders, the hangover will leave you in a catatonic state.

8: Gambling in any way is illegal in Thailand.

9: Thailand has a very strict and enforced policy on Drugs, Enjoy the beer instead.