Wherever we travel, we like to find out more about the country we are visiting, the people and their customs. Preparing for Thailand has proven to be really interesting.
Thailand is known as the country of smiles, and the people are very warm and friendly, but they like their personal space; public displays of affection are frowned up, modesty is encouraged.
Feet are considered the lowest part of the body, and dirty, sitting with your feet pointed toward anyone is considered rude, sitting with feet toward Buddha is offensive. So Chuck, who is used to crossing his legs while sitting in a restaurant, will have to be mindful of keeping his feet on the floor.
The head, on the other hand, is highest and should never be touched.
Monks are revered and should never be touched, and one should never sit higher than them in a temple.
The people of Thailand LOVE their Monarchy – the Royal Anthem is played twice a day, and everything comes to a halt. Never talk poorly about the Royal Family.
Crossing all boundaries – NEVER stop a rolling coin or blowing bill with you FOOT. Feet are dirty, and you have now used your feet to touch something with the head of the Monarchy on it… a HUGE NO NO!
Other things of interest are that only Chinese food is eaten with chopsticks in Thailand. Most Thai eat with a fork and spoon, however, the spoon is generally used for eating and bringing food to your mouth, and the fork is merely used for pushing…
We’ve been practicing that one…try it sometime