Understanding thai culture
It’s important to us that we make your stay at Kitties as enjoyable and stress free as possible. And, to help us achieve this, we feel that having a basic understanding of Thai Culture, along with a few do’s and don’ts, can only add to the overall enjoyment of your trip.
Okay, in general, Thai’s are super friendly, fun loving, very controlled and peace loving people, and will at all costs do anything possible to avoid a confrontation. But, there are a few things we think you ought to know to help keep you on the right track.
In Thai culture, ‘respect wise’, the feet are considered the lowest part of the body and the head the highest. So, it automatically follows that you should never point your feet, especially the soles, at a Thai, or, touch a Thai you don’t know on top of the head. It is also very bad practice to enter someone’s home or enter a Thai Temple, wearing your shoes. Any of these actions will cause offence.
Thai’s love to barter, so if you’re looking to buy a few souvenirs for the folks back home, do expect to be quoted a price well above the actual value of the item.
Let’s say for example they’re asking 2,500 Thai Baht, you in turn should ask for a discount or offer a much lower sum, say 1,500.
A brief negotiation will ensue, and you may end up at around 2,000.
Having said that, with your Kitty at your side, she’ll always make sure you get a fair deal anyway.
The Thai word for discount is ‘Lot’, so to ask for a discount, you would say, ‘Lot Tow Rai’, Discount How Much?
Thai Gift Shop
Thailand - The Land of Smiles
For Thai’s, ‘Face’ is a huge deal and they hate for anyone or anything to make them ‘Lose Face’, or look stupid.
It’s quite funny actually, as when they do make a mistake or do something dumb, like break something, ‘which I might add is actually quite often’, they just stand there with the most ridiculous ‘wasn’t me look’ and matching grin spread right across their face, and they will neither say or admit to anything.
It can be infuriating at times, but they will never acknowledge to being in the wrong, they’ll simply blame anyone not in the room at the time.
So, should a situation like this ever occur, don’t press the issue, just return the smile, ‘or grimace’, and let it pass.
Now like I said, Thai’s hate confrontations or to argue, so it seems only fair for us to act in a likewise respectful fashion.
As a rule, last man smiling wins!
Pretty cool I think.
I repeat Never!
Get involved in a physical altercation with a Thai, male or female alike.
You will Never win this scenario, and you will end up in deep shit either physically or financially, probably both!
So, should a situation ever arise where it does look like things are about to go pear shaped, just make like Forrest and make a sharp exit!
But, there’s nothing here for us to worry about is there?
Us being very sensible guys and all!