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● When being introduced or greeting someone, men say Sawatdee-krap and women say Sawatdee-kah.
● Thais greet each other with a “wai.” Foreigners are not expected to initiate the wai gesture, but it is an insult not to return the wai. If a wai is not offered to you, shake hands with men and smile and nod to women. A Thai businessperson may shake hands with a foreigner. Offer a wai only to a person of equal or greater status. Subordinates should offer a wai first.
● Wai (why) – a person places the palm of his or her hands together, with their fingers extended at chest level close to their body and bows slightly. The higher the hands are placed, the more respect is shown. Subordinates might raise their fingers as high as their nose. However, the tips of their fingers should never be above eye level.
● A wai can mean “Hello,” “Thank you,” “I’m sorry,” or “Goodbye.” A wai is not used to greet children, servants, street vendors or laborers. Never return a wai to a child, waiter, clerk, etc. Simply nod and smile in response.
● Thais say “Where are you going” rather than “Hello.” A polite response is “Just down the street.”
● Introductions are common only in a formal situation. Introduce yourself by your first name. Feel free to introduce yourself or ask for someone’s name.
● Touching between people of the same sex is more common in Thailand than in many other Asian countries. However, touching someone of the opposite sex is taboo. Do not show affection in public.
● Never touch or pass anything over anyone’s head. The head is considered sacred in Thailand and must be respected.
● Never point your feet at anyone or use your feet to move anything or touch anyone. Feet are regarded as unclean and symbolically (as well as physically) the lowest part of the body.
● Do not put your hands in your pockets while talking to someone. Never put your arm over the back of the chair in which someone is sitting.
● A smile is often used for many different emotions. It may be an apology, a thank-you, a greeting, or to show embarrassment.
● Don’t wave your hands about as you talk, giving Thais the impression that you are angry. Never pass anything with your left hand.
● Never point with your hand and never, never with one finger.
● Do not cross your legs in the presence of the elderly or monks.
● To beckon someone, extend your arm with the palm of your hand down and flutter your fingers up and down.