The ‘Wai’ is the traditional Thai greeting, which is a bow with the palms pressed together. It is not recommended that you try this greeting, unless you are very familiar with Thai custom, as the Wai changes depending on who you are greeting. You can simply acknowledge someone who greets you with Wai, with a smile and a slight nod of the head.
Don’t say anything against the King or the Royal Family as it may be punishable by law.
- The Royal Anthem is played before concerts, movies, etc. You must stand up for this.
- If you are visiting a temple, dress conservatively, covering legs and shoulders and remove your shoes. In most temples, photography is not allowed. If there is no sign, be respectful anyways, and use your judgement on whether it’s appropriate to take pictures. Sit with your feet away from Buddha.
- Hygiene is very important to Thai people.