What Are the Do’s and Don’ts in Bangkok?

When it comes to Bangkok, there are a few do’s and don’ts you should keep in mind. If you’re taking a tour through Bangkok, you’ll have a guide who will explain everything to you.


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However, if you’re going to stay there for longer and are not planning to spend money in a tourist fashion, then what we’ve crafted for you may be of significant value. So here are some tips on what you should and what you shouldn’t do while in Bangkok: 

First and foremost, dress conservatively. This means covering your shoulders and knees, as well as avoiding any see-through clothing.

Then, be respectful of the city’s religious sites and avoid littering or smoking in public places – both are major no-nos in Bangkok.

And there’s more – Keep reading to find out.


Take Your Shoes Off

It’s considered impolite to keep your shoes on when entering someone’s home in Thailand. This rule also applies to temples, which are considered sacred spaces. If you’re not sure whether it’s appropriate to take your shoes off, look for a sign outside the door or ask a local.

While you’re expected to take your shoes off before entering homes and temples, there are some other places where it’s customary to keep them on. For example, you wouldn’t take your shoes off when visiting a friend’s office or going to a restaurant.

If you’re not sure what the etiquette is in a particular situation, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and take your shoes off. That way, you’ll avoid offending anyone and can enjoy your time in Thailand without worry.


Feed a Buddhist Monk

Buddhist monks don’t forage for food or earn money for their food. They rely on the generosity of others to provide them with their meals.


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One way you can show your generosity is by offering them a meal.

This is an extremely rewarding experience that will give you a great insight into the lives of Buddhist monks. It’s also a great way to start your day!


Here’s what you need to do: 

  1. Wake up early and head to a nearby temple or monastery.
  2. Make sure you have some food with you (fruit, snacks, etc.), as well as some coins for offering.
  3. Find a group of monks and offer them your food.
  4. Sit down with the monks and chat with them.
  5. After your conversation, make sure to bow and say “thank you” before leaving.


This is a great way to learn more about the Buddhist religion and culture, as well as get a taste of the local food.


Don’t Show Disrespect of The Royal Family

The Thai Royal Family is greatly respected by the people of Thailand and it is considered very rude to show disrespect towards them. 

If you are caught doing so, you could be arrested and fined.

It is also important to be aware of the many cultural taboos surrounding the Royal Family – for example, it is considered disrespectful to point at someone with your feet or to touch a member of the Royal Family on the head.


Do Learn Key Thai Phrases

Here are some common phrases to learn before going to Bangkok, so that you can show respect  and appreciation to the local culture while enjoying your trip.


  1. How are you? (informal)

สบายดีไหม? (sa-baai dee mai?)


  1. I’m fine, thank you.

ได้รับ การบำรุงร่างกาย แล้ว  แต่  ขอ  Doot-lahp gaa-ahn bam-roong raang-gaai laeo dtaeh kaw


  1. What is your name?

คุณ ชื่อ อะไร  Kun chue a-rai?


  1. My name is….

ผม ชื่อ … (phom chue…)


  1. Nice to meet you.

(informal) ยินดี ที่ ได้  見到 คุณ  (yin-dee tee dai jeen dtaw kun)


  1. Where are you from?

คุณ  มา จาก ไหน ? (Kun maa jaak nai?)


  1. I’m from ….

ผม มา จาก … (phom maa jaak …)


  1. What’s up? (informal)

เป็น อะไร ไง? (pen a-rai nai?)


  1. Not much. (informal)

ไม่ เป็น  ไร  (mai pen rai)


  1. What’s new? (informal)

เป็น อะไร ใหม่ ? (pen a-rai mai?)


  1. Nothing new.

ไม่ เป็น  ไร  (mai pen rai)


  1. How’s it going? (informal)

เป็น อะไร ไง ? (pen a-rai nai?)


  1. Good, thanks.

ได้รับ การบำรุงร่าง  แล้ว  แต่  ขอ Doot-lahp gaa-ahn bam-roong raang-gaai laeo dtaeh kaw


  1. Not bad. (informal)

ไม่ เลว  (mai leow)


  1. So-so.

เฉย ๆ (choey choey)


  1. What’s the matter? (informal)

เป็น อะไร ? (pen a-rai?)


  1. There’s nothing wrong.

ไม่ เป็น  ไร  (mai pen rai)


Thai language has 5 tones: high, middle, low, rising and falling. Pronouncing a word with the wrong tone can change its meaning, so it’s important to use the right tone when speaking Thai.


Do Visit Floating Markets

If you’re looking for a truly unique and authentic Thai experience, then you absolutely cannot miss out on a visit to one of Bangkok’s many floating markets!

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These vibrant markets are set up along canals and riverways, and are full of stalls selling everything from fresh produce and souvenirs to delicious Thai street food. bargaining is also a must at these markets, so don’t be afraid to haggle with the vendors for the best prices.

Wandering around a floating market is a great way to get acquainted with Thai culture and cuisine, so be sure to try some of the traditional dishes on offer while you’re there. And when you’re finished exploring, simply hop on a longtail boat and enjoy a leisurely cruise back to shore.


Do Eat Insects!

While most people think of insects as pests, there are actually many benefits to eating them. Insects are a great source of protein, containing all the essential amino acids needed by the human body.

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They’re also low in fat and calories, and high in fiber. Insects are also more environmentally friendly to produce than traditional livestock, requiring less land, water, and feed.

So next time you’re in Bangkok, don’t be afraid to try some of the delicious insects on offer! You might just be surprised at how good they taste.



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