Grand Palace

Although Dos and Don'ts are important, in most part Thailand is a fun and happy culture. If you were to make some cultural inaccuracies, the Thais are usually quite forgiving, especially if you are wearing a smile and have a nice demeanour. *However Thais don’t take well to demanding and moody people.

Please note be particularly careful about respecting Temples, Buddhism and the Thai Royal Family.


  • Do respect all Buddha images. They are sacred. Disrespectful acts are punishable by imprisonment.

  • Do treat monks with the highest of respect.

  • Do remove your shoes before entering a temple.

  • Do try and keep cool no matter what the problem may be. Sometimes it’s best to just walk away and enjoy your holiday. Regardless if you feel you are justified.

  • Do dress properly when visiting a temple. Eg no shorts, short shirts, tank tops, dress conservatively regardless how hot it may be. Possibly bring a scarf for around your shoulders etc

  • Do try and learn a few basic phrases in Thai, like ‘hello’ - Sa what ee * Cub/Car and ‘thank you’- Cop Koon Cub/Car, How much- Toll rye Cub/Car….. then say this - Pang mark Cub/Car - very expensive- this will usually get a smile, and maybe a discount…I usually get 40% discount for street selling stools, (not food) in retail shops eg platinum, MBK, look for 25%, departments stores no discount offered, unless VAT for tourist 7% is usually offered and is funded at customs. * Cub-for men/Car for women.

  • Do ensure that you have a visa, travel insurance. Be well organised, losing a ticket or misplacing something is a real hassle and very time consuming.

  • Do have a good time.



  • Don’t show disrespect towards the Thai Royal Family. It’s against the law, and it is strictly enforced.

  • Don’t cross your legs or point your feet when you are in the presence of a monk.

  • Don’t touch a Thai woman without consent. The majority of Thai women are very conservative.

  • Don’t touch any Thai person’s head/hair, young or old. This doesn’t apply in the privacy of your room.

  • Don’t place your feet on the table while sitting or on another chair, don’t point to anything with your feet and don’t touch anybody with your feet. It’s considered very inappropriate, as the feet are seen as the low vibrationial part of the body and the head the opposite. 

  • Don’t be offended by questions about age, marital status or what you do for a living. These are subjects that often come up with Thais.  Answering them is up to you.

  • Don’t take Buddha images out of the country. It is against the law regardless if they are replicas or not, unless special permission has been granted, which can be a very challenging endeavour. I believe replicas under 12 cm or 5 inches are fine to take. Of course shops will tell you it’s all good.

  • Don’t overstay your visa.

  • Don’t lose your important documents etc to replace them will cost you your holiday to get them back, Thailand has an exceptional amount and very complex paper work needed, especially when you dont speak Thai.

  • Don’t drive drunk, without a helmet, or license, it’s very dangerous and illegal.

  • Don’t take illegal drugs: It can wind you up in jail for a long time with a very large fine. This is not where you want to be spending anytime for any reason.

Emerald Buddha

The Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) in the Grand Palace itself is the main attraction. A figurine of the meditating Buddha made from a solid one piece of green jade, clothed in gold and diamonds. It is greatly revered from the Royal family to Thai nationals alike, as Thailand’s utmost precious religious icon...

Grand Palace

The Grand Palace once lived in by Kings is courtyards of countless majestic and all inspiring examples of exquisite Royal architecture through the millennia...

Reclining Buddha

The Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) is located 700 meters south of The Grand Palace.  Its a world-renowned 46 meter long gold plated reclining Buddha. Its pose is representing entry into complete spiritual enlightenment ending all worldly reincarnations. Within the surrounding corridor there are 108 bronze bowls representing the 108 auspicious characteristics of The Buddha. It is believed dropping coins into these bowls brings wealth and prosperity...