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?
Experience the Great Tonle Sap Lake and meet the residents of Kompong Khleang Floating Village who call it home. Tour highlights include local snacks - like fresh sticky rice and palm sugar donuts - a drive through the countryside, a visit to Kompong Khleang, the largest floating village in Siem Reap, and a boat ride out to the Tonle Sap Lake.