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Bangkok Do’s and Don’ts

Do take your shoes off at Buddhist temples and traditional private houses.

Don’t touch anyone’s head. It is considered the most sacred part of the body. Apologize immediately if you do it accidentally.

Do use the wai, the prayer-life gesture and traditional Thai greeting (hands together with the tips of the fingers just below the chin). The higher the wai, the more respectful.

Don’t wear revealing clothing at religious sites. That means covered shoulders and no bare legs.

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