What to and not to do when in Thailand (Part I)
There are many do’s and don’ts if you intend to last a longer period of time here in Thailand. In any country that you would want to spend your vacations with, you will certainly be unappreciated and will be unwelcomed if you do something that is not acceptable to any kind of culture. Have you ever heard of the saying do what the monkeys when you’re in their turf? Well, that’s just it. If you want people to appreciate you, it is imperative that you respect them back as well.
I find it quite irritating and annoying when visitors often acts as if they own the land. Acting as if they belong to the land they are visiting. And in Thailand, it is either you respect them and do what or respect their cultures do not come at all.
So, if ever you are planning to come and spend time in the land of smile. There are several things that you need to bear in mind, to be able to meet people who will not just respect you but will love and consider you as their own.
Here are the lists of Do’s and Don’ts that may help you or may even be educational and informational on your part:
Loud Voices- you may ride a bus and be seated right next to a bunch of noisy young Thais, it’s better not to mind them at all. Whether you believe it or not they really don’t like boisterous people. (The old ones specifically, good if you’re in the company of these youngsters you can do what they do).
Calling attention to yourself- (OKAY, not unless you’re a self-demented person. You really wouldn’t want to embarrass yourself right), not unless you have an attention deficit disorder then it is understandable.
Pointing at people or things- I came from a country where almost all parts of the body can be used for pointing. Believe you me, if you do that in Thailand, you’ll be stared at sternly and you’ll just make yourself a laughing stock out of the crowd.
Dropping or throwing of things- Now this one, basically everybody wouldn’t want to be thrown something right in front of them. It shows disrespect and insulting for a person in particular.
Big hand gestures- this kind of act may come natural for you but to Thais it is graceless and despicable. Just to be safe, it would be best to keep your hands to yourself.
Thai people are known to meek and considerate, silent type of people (most especially the old ones). Therefore their preferred mode of behaviors are those that reflects subtle and indirect as well as quiet opposed to the obvious, loud and direct kind of personality. Although not all Thais adapt all such characteristics, Southern Thais can be frighteningly straightforward in their interactions with others. So, if you meet a Thai of such traits and characteristics, you can assume that they come from the Southern part of Thailand.