What is Thai culture known for?
Often referred to as ‘the Land of Smiles’, Thailand is renowned for the welcoming and warm disposition of its culture and people. Rice plantations and ornate temples are interspersed in and around busy cosmopolitan cities, reflecting the diversity of landscapes and lifestyles.
What are the customs and traditions of Thailand?
Over 90% of Thais are Buddhists, and the religion strongly influences Thai cultural values. It’s important to be respectful when visiting temples. It’s also good practice to take your shoes off in homes, temples, and to avoid shaking hands, giving hugs, and touching your feet or others’ heads.
How do you show respect in Thailand?
In Thailand, a wai, a gesture where you place your hand together in a “praying” sign at chest level, is a polite greeting. To show more respect, raise the wai higher, to your chin or nose-level.
Are Thai people Chinese?
Thailand has the largest overseas Chinese community in the world outside Greater China. 11 to 14 percent of Thailand’s population are considered ethnic Chinese. The Thai linguist Theraphan Luangthongkum claim the share of those having at least partial Chinese ancestry at about 40 percent of the Thai population.