Etiquette and customs in Thailand are deeply ingrained within society and its people, and part of Thai culture as whole that dates way back – influenced by neighboring countries and Theravada Buddhism. Most visitors coming to Thailand for a holiday or short visit do not really need to understand many of Thai customs to get […]
Thailand Culture Guide - Tips and Information
Thailand culture is unlike anywhere else in the world. The Thais have most definitely got there own stamp on a beautiful and colorful culture with aspects of Indian, Laotian, Khmer (Cambodian), Burmese and of course Chinese culture in the mix.
Thai culture pervades every aspect of Thai life with the main influence centered in Buddhism. Depending on where you are visiting in Thailand different cultural aspects are more prominent (i.e. North 'Chiang Mai', North East 'Issan', central 'Bangkok' and the south, then deeper south.
Respect, Self Control and Generosity
Respect, self control, kindness and generosity are important character assets that most Thai people aspire to show and us westerners are at an advantage within any Thai community if we show these assets. Thailand culture is very different than the west which I will go into more depth in the articles.
Cha Cha (slowly slowly) - Sanook Mai? (Is it fun?)
You want a Thai person to fall asleep quickly? Talk about politics or your worldly concerns, you'll soon have them in a coma. Many Thais, especially outside of Bangkok want things to be 'slowly slowly (Cha Cha)' and want what they're doing to be sanook (fun). Slowing down and losing a serious approach to everything while visiting will pay dividends...Thailand has its own way.
The drinking culture in Thailand may have some similarities with our home countries, however, there are some big differences worth acknowledging. The do’s and dont’s of drinking alcohol in Thailand will differ from place to place and is much dependant on whether you’re socialising with Thai people, which Thai people, the type of place, area […]