Thai people are very fond and loyal to their
king and whole of the royal family and religion
should be respected at all times. Buddhist and Chinese shrines
are open to foreigners but you should dress
appropriately when visiting. Shorts and sleeveless
shirts, or open backed sandals are discouraged.
Thais regard feet as lower stature so do not
point them at others or step over those seated
or lying. Remove your shoes before entering
a Thai temple or house. Likewise, head is of
high statue and is not supposed to be touched
or slapped. Tipping in not expected or required,
it is a nice gesture to leave a small amount,
when you receive good service, no set percentage 20 to 100 baht is always warmly accepted.
Respect for the police is a must and rude
talk or shouting should be avoided in every
case, guilty or not. Thai police officers have
greater powers of action then European police
and they will not accept disrespectful behavior.
Common Offences such as not wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle
will get you a 300 Baht fine and 2 hours wait
at the local police station to pay your fine.
Parking on the wrong side of the road will
get your bike or car chained up and a long
wait to pay your fine again.
If you rent a motorcycle and you get involved
in an accident you will have to pay all damages,
regardless of whether you are right or wrong. Motorcycles
are not insured for Third Party damage and the Thai police will take
the side of their countrymen. Tourist police
are better to sort out any problems but remain
cool at all times whilst they are on their way.
Thailand is a tropical region so light, loose
cotton clothing is recommended.
When exploring the nightlife tight dresses
and mini skirts are no problem. On the other
had, naked bathing or topless appearance in
public is not accepted. Thailand is one of
the friendliest and safest to travel destinations
in the world. The tourist police are competent
and polite attitude, but always
travel safely and show proper caution as with
any new country and you will have a good stay.
Credit card fraud is not uncommon in Thailand
, so be cautious with your cards. Use hotel safe for excess money , cards or valuables. Use credit cards only at reliable places of business. If you go on a tour or dive, try to do so with a reputable company, ask around for recommendations.