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12 Thailand Culture Facts That Will Amaze You

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In case you didn’t know these interesting things about this stunning country, here you have 21 Thailand culture facts that will totally amaze you:


1. Talking very loud…

… is a disrespectful action to do in Thailand, since you’d be losing control over yourself and that’s pretty much unacceptable. So keep it quiet, especially in public places. Thais refer to it as “Jai yen yen”, which mean “cool heart”.


2. Thailand has never been colonised…

...before by any European country. In fact, it’s the only country in Southeast Asia that has always been free. You can even see it in the local language way of saying “Thailand”, “Prathet Thai”, which literally means “land of the free”.


3. Around 95% of Thais are buddhist…

...Being this one the most spread religion in the country. You can find other ones like Islamism, which is practised by a 4% of the population and Christianism, practised only by a 1% of Thai citizens.


4. They don’t open gifts…

… until the giver or guest leaves the house. The usual thing to do is to set aside the present, since it would be so disrespectful to open it with the other person staring at you. It’s totally different to Western culture as you can see. It’s their way of being considered towards the guest.

 

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5. Thailand likes big things…

… meaning that they are home to the biggest Buddha, the world’s tallest hotel, the largest crocodile farm and the longest single-span suspension bridge. Big constructions are their thing I guess. 


6. Logging is completely banned…

… due to the huge and impressive forest that covered the country only a hundred years ago that now has almost disappeared. A 25% of the woods is left, becoming the second country that has lost the largest amount of its forest. The first one is Singapore. However, if you dig a little bit, you'll finde incredible sustainable spots to travel in Thailand.


7. Taking off your shoes is a must…

… when visiting anyone’s home. The host may tell you “it’s okay, you can leave them on”, but always respect the tradition of leaving them at the entrance of the house. It’s not well seen to enter someone’s home with “all the dirt you picked up from the street”. Pretty reasonable.


8. Thai families are usually big…

… meaning that it’s rare to see a small or nuclear family where there are only the parents and the kids. The most common thing is to see large families living together.

 

Related content: Best Tips to Travel Thailand on a Budget


9. Bangkok is a VERY polluted city…

… to the point that policemen have to wear masks if they’re working in the streets. To contrarest this pollution that causes exhaustion, police stations are equipped with oxygen tanks to help officers breath better in case fumes are too strong.


10. The head is the most sacred part of the body…

… unlike feet. Unless you have a strong bond with someone, do not dare to touch their heads. And even if you’re close, better avoid this sign of affection when in Thailand. You only can do it if you have the explicit permission of the person.


11. You can find over 35,000 temples in the country…

… and yes, you’ve read correctly. This huge amount of temples makes Thailand be the land of temples, a name that perfectly matches the reality. Just pay attention to the clothing and respect signs you have to follow during your visits. You can’t wear shorts or sleeveless shirts.


12. You shouldn’t point around Thai people…

… unless you know them and they know you’re a foreigner. We (Westerns) usually joke around and point unintentionally, but it’s pretty offensive for them, so try to avoid it. Do not ever point at monks or pictures of the Royal Family, who are highly respected.

 

 

In case you're interested in visiting Thailand but your budget is limited here you have some useful tips that will come in really handy, especially if you're looking for authentic experiences that do not harm the environment: Best Tips to Travel Thailand on a Budget.

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