1. Always try to communicate before taking photographs of people. Try not to think of monks, farmers, and children etc. as just ‘images.’ Remember that what seems strange or exotic to visitors is just daily life for local people.
2. If you promise somebody that you will send him/her a picture or a letter, respect your word.
3. Wear modest appropriate clothing, especially in sacred or rural areas. Loose and light-weight clothes covering the knees and shoulders are most appropriate.
4. You should expect to take off your shoes before entering local houses.
5. Thais believe that the feet are the ‘lowest’ part of the body. Avoid showing the soles of your feet, don’t rest your feet in high places, or move objects with your feet and NEVER point your feet at monks Buddha images in temples, shrines or spirit houses.
6. The head is the ‘highest’ part of the body. Please don’t touch anyone on the head.
7. Ladies - please don’t sit next to or hand anything directly to Buddhist monks.
8. Lovers - be aware that kissing in public is culturally inappropriate.
9. Refrain from giving gifts, money or sweets directly to children – this encourages begging, dependency, ‘idolising’ tourists and eventually cultural degeneration.
10. Empower local people as ‘givers’ rather than ‘receivers’ by asking questions, and showing your enthusiasm to learn and share their way of life.
11. Always speak respectfully about Buddhism and the revered Thai Royal Family.
12. The Thai way of resolving conflict is to stay calm, so try not to lose your temper. You’ll go a long way in Thailand with ‘Jai Yen’ (a cool heart).
13. Be observant and follow local customs – sit, eat and behave like your hosts.
14. Support the local economy by purchasing your souvenirs from local handcraft centres and workshops.
15. Patronise the local stores if you need to buy any personal items during your stay.
· No sexual harassment of any kind will be tolerated.
· Watch out for inappropriate behaviour by others; over familiarity and inappropriate physical contact with children; giving children sweets and little presents; being alone with a child for any length of time.
· If you see anything suspicious, inform your guide immediately.
Note: See also our Code of Conduct relating to animals.
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