History and Culture of Thailand

Customs and traditions

Thais are generally very open and receive tourists with a smile and “Hello sir / madam”.

It is not in their nature to tell others what is right and wrong, but they assume that they have familiarized themselves with how to behave in the country and that they respect their customs and usages. This also applies to how you dress.

You take off your shoes before entering a temple. The feet are considered unclean and must not be turned against persons, Buddha figures or temples. The soles of the feet should face down into the ground. You are not allowed to touch Buddha statues or historical monuments. It is also not allowed to photograph everywhere. Therefore, it is important that you pay attention to where this is allowed. You should also not touch or pose in front of Buddha figures. Visit printerhall for Thailand Tour Plan.

As in many of the neighboring countries, it is considered in Thailand that it is unworthy not to be able to control one’s emotions. This means that you as a tourist should not show anger or get upset. If you end up in a situation where you feel badly treated, you can turn to the tour guide, who can help you sort out the threads.

One should not touch a Thai’s head, as the hair is considered sacred. You wrinkle your nose a little at body contact in general, although it is not uncommon to see people of the same sex holding each other’s hands.

In addition, one should wear suitable clothes that do not show too much skin, in temples both men and women should wear clothes that also cover the shoulders and knees. In the large tourist areas, however, deviations from this are accepted.

You can see beggars in some areas and of course you can give old and disabled people some money, but to avoid creating a market for child begging you should not give anything to children or young people. If you want to give the children something, it is better to give them shampoo, soap, pencils and notepads.

History of Thailand

Until 1939, the Kingdom of Thailand was called Siam. The earliest known population in the area is considered to have belonged to the Khmer Empire in Cambodia, but during the 13th century, Thailand liberated itself and became an independent kingdom. At this time, the country’s state religion became Theravada Buddhism, which follows the Buddha’s teachings more categorically than other Buddhist directions, and it has been ever since. Since the liberation from Cambodia, various kingdoms have ruled with capitals in Sukhothai, Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya. The kingdoms were often at war with neighboring China, Cambodia and Burma.

Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia that has never been a European colony. But there has been a Portuguese trading house in Ayutthaya and several European colonial powers have tried to take control of the country. The Thai royal family first tried to meet the Europeans with diplomacy and courtesy, but when the modern crusaders became too eager to try to convert the Thais to Christianity, they were driven away. Buddhism, along with the monarchy, still dominates Thailand. The monks are highly respected and it is seen as completely normal that all men at some point in life try to live as monks. The royal family is celebrated daily when the national anthem or the royal anthem is played at railway stations and in the villages.

Currency and credit cards

The Thai currency is called baht (1 baht = 100 satang) and is available in 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 baht banknotes. Coins are available in 25 and 50 satang as well as in 1, 5 and 10 bath.

You can buy Thai baht in Sweden, but you can also exchange at the airport, in banks, at exchange offices and most hotels in Thailand. Remember to count the money carefully. It is a good idea to bring some 20-50 baht banknotes to pay for taxis, small shops and tips. Normally, you can also exchange Thai baht back to Swedish kronor, but often at a worse rate than when you buy.

MasterCard and Visa can be used as payment cards at most hotels and in some stores. You can use MasterCard and Visa to withdraw cash in most cities (so-called ATMs), which pay baht.

History and Culture of Thailand