Smile and be polite and you have won the hearts of the Thai people. It's as simple as that. If you spend some time in this country you will notice this genuine every day smile of the locals. It helps if you greet elderly and monks with the famous Thai Wai (Thai way of greeting: fold your open hands together and hold them shortly in front of your face so that the finger tops touch your nose).
Photography: Be careful where and what you shoot. If you are close to a ceremony ask one of the organizers first before making your photos. Also don't go with your camera too close to a person except the person has prior given permission.
Women can NOT touch any monks! If a woman has to give anything to a monk or novice, she first hands it to a man, who then presents it. Or in case of a woman who wants to present it with her hand, the monk or novice will spread out a piece of saffron robe or handkerchief in front of him, and the woman will lay down the material on the robe which is being held at one end by the monk or novice. Also women should cover shoulders and wear long skirts/pants before entering a temple. This ofcourse doesn't mean that the male part can jump around with no shirt and shorts :-)
Many places are free to visit but donations are welcome. Show your appreciation and put approx. 20 baht (US$ 0.50) in the donation box if available.
Try to keep quiet at sacred places. Many locations especially temples and caves have several meditation chambers for the buddhist monks. Please respect their meditation sessions. Also if you have young kids try to tame them down for a while (no food/drinks inside a temple!)..
It’s all right to wear shoes while walking around the compound of a Buddhist temple, but not inside the chapel where the principal Buddha image is kept. Don’t worry about dirt when you have to take them off; the floors of such places are usually very clean.
All Buddha images, large or small, ruined or not, are regarded as sacred objects. Hence, don’t climb up on one to take a photograph or, generally speaking, do anything that might show a lack of respect.
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