Do: Show Respect
Learn to smile and practice some basic Thai phrases for “hello” and
“thank you,” and show people that you’re making an effort to fit in.
Another thing to consider is your appearance, and although the weather
may call for skimpier clothes, remember that Thailand is a
conservative country. Dress appropriately for all situations,
especially when visiting official or religious buildings. Also, you
don’t have to return the Wai (hands clasped together as in prayer) to
everyone, but it’s always a good habit to form when encountering Thai
people who are in similar or higher standing than you.
Don’t: Trust Everyone
You’ll hear at least once that “today is a holiday,” which is why X
attraction that you want to see is either closed or open for a much
higher-than-advertised price. No such holiday schedules exist and you
should steer clear of anyone who tries to convince you otherwise. Feel
free to avoid the tuk tuks who don’t run their meter and try to
overcharge foreigners. You’ll also find the occasional pickpocket who
didn’t realize that you came prepared with a money belt.