What are some of the common norms in Thailand?

What are Thai people’s beliefs?

Theravada Buddhism is the main religion in Thailand and remains a strong element in Thailand religion and culture that draws on influences from Hinduism and animism. The second major religion in Thailand is Islam, and lastly, Christianity, which is said to be less than 1% of the Thailand population.

What are Thailand customs and traditions?

Etiquette & customs. Thai people are generally polite and friendly, so smiling is important. You should be aware that the concept of “face” is important in Thailand, and therefore you should avoid doing or saying anything that may cause someone else to be embarrassed or to “lose face”.

What is the most common subject for Thai culture?

The most frequent themes for Thai painting are illustrations of the Jataka tales (a vast body of fables about the previous incarnations of the Buddha, both in human and animal form ), events from the life of the Buddha, the Buddhist heavens and hells, and scenes from daily life.

What is the Thai culture?

The culture of Thailand has evolved greatly over time, from its relative isolation during the Sukhothai era, to its more contemporary Ayutthaya era, which absorbed influences from all over Asia. Limited Indian, Chinese, Burmese, Khmer and other Southeast Asian influences are still evident in traditional Thai culture.

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Do you shake hands in Thailand?

Don’t shake hands in Thailand

Travelling through Thailand you will notice the Thai “wai”, a greeting performed by a slight bow, with the palms pressed together in a prayer-like fashion. Handshakes are not a traditional greeting in Thailand and many people may feel uncomfortable engaging in this very western greeting.

How do you show respect in Thailand?

In Thailand, a wai, a gesture where you place your hand together in a “praying” sign at chest level, is a polite greeting. To show more respect, raise the wai higher, to your chin or nose-level.

What can you not bring into Thailand?

It is prohibited by law to bring the following items into our out of Thailand.

  • Narcotics e.g., marijuana, hemp, opium, cocaine, morphine, heroin.
  • Goods with Thai national flag.
  • Fake Royal Seals/official seals.
  • Fake currency, bonds or coins.
  • Pirated copyright goods e.g. musical tape, CD, VDO, computer software, etc.