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Visa
      + + Foreign nationals visiting Thailand must obta invalid passports and visa before entering Thailand. Visitors from certain countries are granted permission to stay up to 15 days without visas, while visitors from several other countries could apply for tourists visas at all ports of entry. Transit visas are granted permission to stay up to 30 days and tourist visas for 60 days. Non-immigrant, diplomatic and official visas are valid for up to 90 days. Please check the list of citizens which visa on arrival is allowed at the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s website www.mfa.go.th
Thai tradition
      + Thailand’s warmest greeting way, the "Wai", is a gesture with palms clasped together as a lotus bud shape in front of body at chest level and it is how Thai people greet. The Wai is used for servaral reasons, the most popular being to express “Welcome” or “Hello”. A greeter is always smiles and says “Sawasdee” while lowering the head slightly. It would be impolite not return a wai greeting. Apart from the sheer sign of greeting, the Wai is a sign of respect for an older or a person of a higher status regardless genders. Thus a well brought up child would Wai his or her parents upon returning from school; a staff would Wai his superior when they meet. It is a mark of protocol to shop the staff respects his boss; a guess would Wai his elder host upon entering the house, but a younger host would Wai a visiting elder first. Generally, a younger person performs the greeting gesture to an elder, who returns it (it is not a compulsory to return.)
      Note: Do use the Wai correctly: A westerner should never Wai first to a waiter, tailor, vendor, domestic, help or a taxi driver even if he/she is younger than them at all.
      + Thais regard the head as the highest part of the body, literally and figuratively. Therefore, touching people on their head is considered rude. In contrast, feet are considered the most degraded part of the body. Thus, using feet to point something to someone is regarded very rude for Thai people.
      + The King, the Queen and the Royal family are highly respected by Thai people. Visitors should treat all materials bearing any portrait of member of the Royal Family with due respect. In Thailand, the bank notes with a portrait of his majesty is not just paper money but it is also a picture of his highness. Do not criticize, do not joke about the Royal household even if you mean well. Otherwise you could be charged with lese majeste.
Thai Custom
      + Commonly, Thai people do not address Thai people with their last names, but with their first name. In a polite way, Khun is the title to use for adults regardless any gender such as Khun Bill, Khun Rebecca.
      + Thai people smile to show their pleasure and bliss. They smile a lot and they will appreciate to get the smiles back as well. Thai people mostly welcome tourists.
      + At Thai restaurants, chopsticks, and knifes are seldom provided. You may find chopsticks at Chinese-Thai restaurant, or at noodle straws. Thai people use spoon for eating and folk for gathering good into spoon. Fortunately, eating with spoon in Thailand, it does not mean you are a child.
Visiting Buddhist temples and monasteries
      + Buddhism plays a very significant role in the daily life of The Thai people. Since about 95% of the people in Thailand are Buddhists, while the rest are Muslim, Catholic, Hindu, Sikh, etc. In. Buddhism inevitable involves in every occasion such as birthdays, marriages, moving into a new house, funeral, opening business office and buying new vehicles.
      + A monk, a person in yellow robes with age of 20 year-old and above, make a decision to be a monk for a temporary or permanent period. Women must never touch a monk or his robe. In any public transportation or at home or in a private area, women cannot sit next to monks. Even if a monk is a woman’s father, brother or husband, he is religiously no longer her relative. However women have a way to give something to a monk; the monk will extend part of his robe onto the table or floor for the object to be placed upon it. Then he withdraw the cloth and takes it. Alternately, a woman could give it to a third person, must be a male, to pass it on.
      + Wat: There are about 27,000 Wats across the country. Wat is a complex of temples and monasteries. Therefore you always meet monks while you are visiting Wats in Thailand. Wats or temples are open to all visitors without any admission fee, however, some temples such as Temple of the Emeral Buddha (Wat Pra Kaew), the temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), the temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), where tourists visit, collect admission fee.
      + Visiting a Wat: In the temple grounds, Do not climb up a statue to pose for a photograph because they are religious. Visitors should help to keep the place religious by not display sexual affections, kissing or hugging because such sights can cause discomfort if seen by a monk.
      + Visiting a temple building (a Chapel): Visitors should remove footwear before entering main areas, especially the main chapel. Sometimes, sitting down is required in the main chapel, be sure to remember to tuck the feet away from a person or Buddha image.
      Banknotes are issued in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1,000 Baht while coins of 25 and 50 satangs, 1, 5, and 10 Baht face value are circulation.
      Money exchange can be done at authorized currency exchange banks, located at Bangkok International Airport and other ports of entry, some hotels, foreign exchange booths operated by Thai commercial banks in tourist areas, and main branches of Thai commercial banks.
 
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