Thailand is a Buddhist country with more than 90% of its population believing in Buddhism. The Buddha statue is regarded as a sacred object in Thailand. It is not allowed to display disrespectful behaviors to the Buddha statue. Please remember not to climb the statue for photo taking. When visiting temples and palaces, you should dress neatly and do not wear sleeveless vests, short skirts, shorts and other unsuitable clothing. When entering the main hall, you should take off your shoes as required. During the visit, you should be solemn and must not run or chase. Women must not directly touch a monk. If she needs to submit an item to a monk, she must hand it over to a man first and ask his help to deliver it, or put it on the cassock which is unfolded in front of her by the monk.
Thailand is a constitutional monarchy where the king and royalty members enjoy a high status and are loved by the Thai people. Visitors should respect the king and the royal family. It is not allowed to discuss the royal family in public place or make statements that impair the reputation of the royal family. Otherwise it will be a felony.
Thailand is a state of etiquette and is known as the "Country of Smile". When Thai people meet, they usually put their palms together in front of their chests and exchange greetings. Under such occasion, handshake can be avoided. Ordinary people cannot shake hands with the monks. The head is considered by the Thai to be the most sacred part, and it is taboo to touch other’s head. It is prohibited to use left hand to pass things or pick up items. You should not sit with crossed legs, point at the other party at talking, and point at the commodity with feet when bargaining at shopping.
Thai people are moderate in temper, and they treat people with enthusiasm and courtesy. Rice is the main food of Thai people, and they also like spicy food, so pepper is an essential ingredient on their dining table. Their drinks are generally iced. Thai people are well dressed, and they usually iron their clothes before wearing. In formal occasions and solemn ceremonies, men wear suits, while women wear skirts, but no trousers.