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Thailand Culture

  • Buddha statues at sunset
  • Prang of Wat Arun
  • Tuk Tuk's
  • Elephant ride through the ancient city of Ayutaya
  • Traditional floating market
  • Two hands of Buddha

Social Conventions

The people of Thailand are famously easy-going way of life and are incredibly polite. The wai is the usual greeting and it involves hands being placed together as if in prayer and then raised upwards toward the face while the head is lowered in a slight bow. The higher the hands, the more respect is being shown. Thai people tend to dress conservatively, so revealing clothing is not usually considered appropriate. When visiting temples or other sacred sites, arms and legs should be covered. Shoes are also taken off before entering temples or homes.

To the people of Thailand, the head is the most sacred part of the body and as such should not be touched. In contrast, the feet are the least sacred part of the body and should never be pointed at someone. When sitting on the floor, most Thais tuck their feet below them.



While Thai is the official language of Thailand, many people in tourist regions speak and understand English.



Theravada Buddhism is the most popular religion in Thailand (it is also the official religion) with approximately 95% of the population following it. Islam is represented by approximately 4% of the population, while religions like Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Christianity are generally only found in Bangkok.



Thailand Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to Thailand.

Learn about the history and culture of Thailand, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Thailand's nature and wildlife, weather, and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips and visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Thailand for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Thailand tours today!


Extend Your Trip

After your Thailand vacation, consider taking the time to visit other destinations. Goway offers exciting China vacation packages and India tours plus a comprehensive selection of vacation packages in many other Asian countries.


ASIA by Goway is an exclusive division that specializes in planning and organizing Thailand tours, vacations, and experiences. Choose from a simple city stopover, a romantic island stay, a stay of distinction, a classic itinerary, an air, and land getaway, and much more. We want to be your first choice when next you go globetrotting to Thailand.

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