Things to Know About Thai Culture

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 04:56 PM

When going to Bangkok to get dental work done at PMDC, it helps to know something about Thai culture before going there. There are certain aspects of Thai culture that you need to be aware of so as not to accidentally offend or insult someone. It will ultimately help make your trip to Bangkok a smoother one if you have such knowledge going in.

Etiquette is a big part of Thai culture, and there are certain things you should know about it. For example, one of the most common greetings you’ll see in Bangkok is a wai, which is when someone presses their hands together in front of them and bows their head slightly. It is expected that when someone greets you with a wai, you will greet them with one of your own in return. Additionally, it is tradition in Thai culture to use your right hand rather than your left. The left had is typically considered used for “dirty” things like cleaning yourself after going to the bathroom. Therefore, if you are handing money over to someone or passing something to someone, you should use your right hand. Smiling is also a big part of Thai etiquette. When someone presents you with a smile, for whatever reason, it is considered impolite not to smile back.

Another thing to be aware of about Thai culture is the reverence for the royal family. You should always be respectful if discussing the royal family; the King in particular. If you attend an event during your stay in Bangkok and the King’s anthem is played, you should stand until the anthem is finished. Openly making disparaging remarks about the King or any of the royal family can land you in very hot water, including getting you arrested.

Removing your shoes is also a part of Thai culture that you should be aware of. You don’t have to remove them everywhere you go, but there are places where it’s traditional. For example, if you visit someone’s home or a temple, you will likely have to remove your shoes. Some businesses – But not all – Require you to move your shoes. Those that do usually have a sign informing you of this, so look out for such a sign when entering a business.

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