Thailand is not just a country. It is the Royal Kingdom because it is ruled by royalty. That is why it is a serious crime there to insult the Thai Queen or King. The citizens of Thailand are expected to show respect to all the members of the Thai royal family. Public holidays devoted to the Queen and King are celebrated the same way we celebrate Father’s Day and Mother’s Day in the states.
The primary religion of Thailand is Buddhism. Every village or ban in the country has a Buddhist temple or wat. Just like every business area or a residential house in the country has a shrine. When Buddhist temples need to be upgraded in a particular area, the local people donate their own money toward these renovations. This is their way of thanking Buddha and getting an engraving of their name in a plaque or tile of the temple.
Other religions exist in the country as well. Some of the recent churches built there have more of a western style to them. But if you’re entering a First-Class Royal Temple, then you’re expected to cover your shoulders and knees. You must at least wear sandals on your feet but no hats on your head.
Thai people don’t greet each other with handshakes. Instead, they’ll either bow slightly with their head or touch palms with each other. The citizens of Thailand consider the head to be the highest body part in every possible way. For this reason, it is disrespectful to touch someone on their head. You shouldn’t even touch a Buddha statue’s head either.
And, of course, take off your shoes before walking into someone’s home in Thailand.
If you like to shop, then you need to come to Thailand right away. You’ll find plenty of bargain deals on just about anything. Just be careful of the commercial items offered because they’re usually pirated or forged. In fact, the Asian market has so many copied items that are sold to tourists.
Bartering is good to do in Thailand. Most Thai shops let you barter except for fixed priced stores. Bartering could get you up to 50% off the tag price on many items.