Wherever we are planning to travel, we read posts by other travel bloggers, and watch a lot of online content about the country we will be visiting, the people, the food and their customs.
Here are seven things to know when traveling to Thailand.
1. Thailand is known as the country of smiles, and the people are very warm and friendly, but they like their personal space. Public displays of affection are frowned up; modesty is encouraged.
2. Feet are considered the lowest part of the body, and dirty, sitting with your feet pointed toward anyone is deemed to be rude. Beyond that, sitting with feet toward Buddha is offensive.
3. The head, on the other hand, is highest and should never be touched.
4. Monks are revered and should never be touched, and one should never sit higher than them in a temple.
5. The people of Thailand LOVE their Monarchy - the Royal Anthem is played twice a day, and everything comes to a halt. Never talk poorly about the Royal Family.
6. NEVER attempt to stop a rolling coin or step on a bill blowing away with your foot.
Feet are dirty, and you have now used your feet to touch something with the head of the Monarchy on it. This is a HUGE NO-NO!
7. Only Chinese food is eaten with chopsticks in Thailand. Most Thai eat with a fork and spoon. However, the spoon is generally used for eating, and the fork is merely used for pushing.
What are some interesting things you have learned about a country’s culture while traveling?
Escape Bangkok for the day and journey to the Ancient city of Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand. Visit 5 UNESCO-listed temples and the National Museum which contains important artifacts from the kingdom's 417-year history.