Sa Wat Dii Kha!!
Your feet are considered the lowest, so don’t put them up on the chair and don’t use them to point at anyone or anything. It is considered disrespectful. Your head is the highest so no one beneath you should touch it. It is considered disrespectful. Slightly bend down when you walk by someone who has a higher status than you. This is considered to be respectful. You must wai someone above you first or the relationship will start badly. This is also considered respectful. And always, always remember to say kha or khrap at the end of your sentences. It is polite and softens your words.
I find myself constantly trying to remember all of the important rules about Thailand. I realized that my greatest fear while being here is that I will offend someone who’s Thai and I will find myself at the center of many hateful eyes. Some of my Thai friends tell me that I don’t have to worry because I am a furlong, meaning foreigner, but I worry every second because I want to try my best to live here as if I’m not.
I am sure you will fit right in! And excellent picture of a happy local.
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