Welcome to Thailand: a land of scintillating islands, gleaming Buddhist temples and awe-inspiring cultural exuberance! Fondly dubbed as the ‘Land of Smiles’, the country is where a holiday can be anything but dull. Thailand is a highly traditional where the locals are affable and decent, and the culture is quite rich and deep-rooted. Despite the sassiness of modern-day cities like Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket, the culture is traditionally-tinted and there are a few norms which you, as a traveler, must abide by. Hungry Bags, through this article, intends to inform and instruct you potential Thai tourists on various issues like how to dress and how to conduct in public.
How to dress when you are in Thailand
Thailand tourism officials are not very stringent on dressing count. But there are some unwritten and unspoken rules which need to be followed. You would find that the people in this nation are very sensitive when it comes to religion. So, any indecent outfit would be frowned upon. You are likely to pay visit to Buddhist temples and monasteries when you are in Bangkok. Please make sure that you are not wearing anything which can be deemed inappropriate or permission may be denied to you. Women can dress liberally but there is a thin line between liberal dressing and vulgar dressing. Make sure that you are not attired in any outfit which appears provocative.
When you are on the beaches, then you can slip into swimsuits and even tiny bikini pieces without any inhibition. Complete liberty would be allowed to you. However, the beaches at this country are not ‘nude beaches’. So, you should not remove your top completely while taking a sun bath.
How to conduct yourself in public:
Some tourists, especially the ones who arrive from western countries, are used to romancing at public places. Some western countries allow intimacy on streets and the idea of getting physical in full public view may not be too outlandish for these tourists. But Thailand’s culture does not permit you to make a plebeian exhibition of your private life. Holding hands is perfectly alright. One can even steal a kiss or two (Thailand, after all, is not as conservative as Dubai)! But do not descend to the point that people stop and stare at you, and you fall under the eye of the moral police!
Tips while visiting Buddhist temples and monasteries:
Under Thailand packages, you can visit a number of religious attractions in the country. Every tourist expects to pay visit to the Temple of Dawn and to the Temple of Reclining Buddha. But there are some etiquettes which you must maintain while hopping over to these places. Here are some tips in a nutshell:
- As stated above, do not dress inappropriately and not make an explicit exhibition of your private life
- Do not disrespect local traditions and deities
- Do not spit, urinate or do any act which may be considered blasphemous
- Do not take photographs at places where photography is prohibited
- Do not make fun of any rite or ritual if you do not understand them
- Do not break the queues and do not argue with officials. You are not the only tourist wanting to check these attractions. So, you must have some patience