Thai Culture and Traditions

The typical Thai smile
In charm the greeting ceremony of the Thai people, the so called Wai can not be beaten. Here, the hands folded flat like a prayer, his head slightly lowered and magic of a smile on your face. The position of the hands indicates something about the social status or age of the other. If we introduce the additional hands to her forehead level or above, this is a special respect. Wherever you meet people in Thailand, you see them smile. This feeling dominates the everyday life of Thai people, so you should adapt to the country as a visitor simply and quietly take some of it home. 

Under all circumstances, you should avoid touching a Thai on the head, because this is regarded as the seat of the spiritual - of human dignity. It is the seat of the soul, and therefore the most sacred part of the body. Even a carefully intentioned stroking the head of a child often causes the opposite. Also, you should never look down on the head of another, what normally can not always be avoided by tall Europeans. Never touch a Thai on the head, because this seat is the soul and is thus considered the most sacred part of the body. 

The foot, however, is dirty, unworthy and therefore it should be avoided to show with the feet to others. Crossing your legs is at best tolerated in the obscurity beneath the table. In larger cities you can still proceed with these practices more relaxed. Before entering the prayer room of a temple or living room of a private house it is customary to take off your shoes. When visiting religious sites should be provided as in other countries, in consultation with the clothes and the same caution. Even Buddhist monks, Buddha statues and other religious symbols should be treated with due respect. 

In addition, it is strongly advised to avoid any critical remark about the highly respected Royal Family. The Thais are very polite, restrained, and very friendly people. Therefore, tourists should never show their anger and stay calm and polite during confrontations, just put a Thai Jai Yen (cool heart) on the day. Affection between husband and wife are in the presence of those - even if it's own children - not common. Even with young couples in love, it is not customary to holding hands in public. Unaccompanied female travelers (especially the blonde) dont have to worry constantly being approached by local men. 

The royal Thai family

King Bhumipol Aduljadej
The Thai national flag symbolizes the strength of the royal family: Red is for the people, white for the purity of religion, and blue for the monarchy of the royal family, especially His Majesty King Bhumipol Aduljadej, the ninth ruler of the Chakri dynasty is revered by all Thais in the highest degree. His portrait adorns every bill and every coin, and many Thai households and business premises. The king was born on 5/12/1927 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Thai people speak only in deep awe of their king. 

In times of political crises, he lets his balancing act and have influence, even though he really has no political function. This was particularly positive in the riots in May 1992, when he called the former political opponents to end the bloody street battles. King Bhumipol ruled since 1946, making it the longest reigning living monarch in the world. In 1996 he celebrated the 50th anniversary of his reign and his 72nd birthday on 12/05/1999. His special responsibilities, he sees the improvement of living conditions of the entire population. 

His special interest is in agriculture. He maintains an experimental farm in the Chitralada Palace, is working on improvements in the quality of agricultural products. Among his many talents and interests include playing music, composing and shooting. His birthday on 5th December is a national holiday and is celebrated with enthusiasm and dedication of the entire population.