Things You Should Not Do In Thailand
Like any country
Thailand has her set of rules that every person coming to the place
must observe. This will help them avoid trouble with the Thaiís.
Your Shoes On Should
you find a doorstep with a heap of shoes, the prudent thing
to do is to remove yours too. Some places do not allow you
to have your shoes on.
No Criticizing Religion or Politics
While in Thailand do not talk ill of the government or of
the Buddhist religion. You might not be aware that your host
supports the current establishments. Along the same line,
is the treatment of the temples as ordinary buildings. Religion
is at the centre of their lives and they do not take lightly
anyone who contemptís it.
Situation Thais prefer to
remain enclosed in their economic situation. You shall not discuss
their financial well being or otherwise with them.
of the Body Various parts
of the body have varying significance. The head is the most important
while the soul should be accorded ultimate respect. The head is
therefore not touched casually. The feet get the least regard and
you shall never point at someone with it.
Touching Never touch anyone
of the opposite sex in public. The Thais have their own reading
if a person of the opposite sex touches the other in public.
Titles The Thais
have a lot of respect for titles. One will retain a title long after
they have left the job. This does not allow you to leave out the
title when referring to him.
Past Eelders When
you are going past a person older than you, you are to lower your
head as a sign of respect for them. This is the same case if you
are going through a crowded place.
Gestures When in
a conversation you are required to use your words and not physical
signals (gestures) to say what you mean.
In a meeting with your seniors, you are required to be submissive.
You just listen and do what you are told. Asking questions is avoided
unless you want to be seen as
Throwing When giving
something to your superior you shall never throw it. It is preferred
that you support your right hand with your left hand as you pass
the item as a show of respect to the senior.
By Erick Ngosia Wekesa
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