Thailand is home to perfect white sandy beaches, thousands of temples, finger-licking street food, and a strong cultural heritage. Thailand is the best place to visit in the vacation as it has something for everyone whether it may be to explore its heritage or to bask in one of the beaches for nightly parties. Thailand has become one of the favorite countries in Southeast Asia.
Before booking Thailand tour packages, it is important to do your research before hand and learn about the culture of the country. Below are some important points to educate you before visiting Thailand:
Thai people are often connected to the belief of spirits and ghosts, and therefore it is a land of superstitions. They have the custom to consult a monk or a fortune teller for an auspicious date before any activity like arranging a wedding, test driving a car, buying a home, and some other situations. There are many superstitions related to spirits housed inside the dolls, and they avoid cutting children’s hair if they are sick.
• Yes not always mean yes
It is rare that a Thai person may say no outright but, Thai people sometimes say Yes, but it is not necessary that they mean yes. Thai people don’t let others down and sometimes agree to things even if they don’t want to. If you will ask them for direction and if they don’t know about it, they will not let you disappointed and will help you to get there.
• Religion is unique
The dominant religion in Thailand is Buddhism, especially Theravada Buddhism. The religion practiced here is somewhat unique to other Buddhist nations, as it has been infused with many outside elements including Hindu practices and traditional Chinese beliefs which have influenced local beliefs to an extent, and which plays a larger role in making Thai Buddhism what it is exactly today. Wherever you roll your eyes in Thailand, you will see, many Thai people wearing amulets or carrying talismans.
National pride is a much major part of the Thai psyche. The country is the only nation in Southeast Asia which has never been colonized by European countries. Every day the national anthem is played twice a day, and the people of Thailand stop their respective works and stand until the song has finished and the national flag is flown in many places, and is raised each morning at 8:00 AM and is lowered again in the evening at 6:00 PM. Not only this, the King’s anthem is played before movies start in theatres. Every Thai local profess an enduring love for their country, extending to religion and the monarchy. Tourists are generally welcome in Thailand.
• Loss of face and respect
Concept-related to Respect, shame, and the face are important in Thailand. To show your respect for Thais your tone of language and the wai are just a couple of ways to give and take respect from them. It’s considered very bad and disrespectful when you visit somebody’s home without taking a small gift or while not removing shoes before entering someone home in Thailand. Disrespecting someone can lead a person to lose face, which is to be embarrassed or shamed publicly. Yelling at somebody in public is another sign of showing disrespect towards the people. Thai people, particularly in rural areas, are very particular with the norms, so maintain a sweet gesture while talking to them.
• Thai Etiquette and Customs
Thai people are generally very friendly. The Thai people are non-confrontational, so if you ever have a dispute with a Thai person then raising your voice and getting angry is a bad way to handle it as you may lose your face. Remaining calm, and with a lower pitch of voice during any type of conflict is the way to handle tough situations in Thailand. No matter how big is your dispute, it’s crucial to remember and respect their norms and culture.
While searching for cheap Thailand packages make a research on the culture, and some most important etiquette rules of the country like a woman should not touch a monk, and never hand anything to him, and keep your body clean, wear decent and appropriate clothes while visiting temples.