Are you looking forward to blending in like a local on your next visit to Thailand? Here are 10 traditions that only locals in Thailand can understand, that will help you adjust.
Different day, different color
On Wednesdays, we wear pink. In Thailand, the color green is actually worn on Wednesdays. Visitors to the Kingdom may notice that Thais seem to wear a sea of similar colors. This is because each day of the week is assigned a specific color. Monday is for yellow. Tuesday for pink. Wednesday for green, and so on. Not all Thais follow this dress code, but some do, especially those who work for the government. Monday is the most important day, because yellow is a lucky color. Yellow also represents the late King Bhumibol, who was born on a Monday.
I said this flag is everywhere © Courtesy of eric molina / Flickr
Every tourist should learn the phrase mai pen rai before arriving in the Kingdom. It means ‘don’t worry’ and is one of the most used phrases you will hear. This is how the country received its nickname, the Land of Smiles. Visitors will find it difficult to deal with Thai people who have lost their cool. Regardless of most situations, many Thais go to extreme lengths to stay smiling and polite.
Dog sleeping on the beach | © Courtesy of Eddy Milfort / Flickr
Greetings with Wai
Visitors to Thailand who reach out to shake a foreigner’s speech are greeted with strange stares and bewilderment. The wai is considered a normal greeting in Thailand. This is a movement where a person puts their hands together and drops their shoulders so that their nose touches their hand. It resembles a bow. The higher the hand on one’s face, the more respectful greetings. This greeting can mean many things, including hello, thank you, and goodbye.