Thai Gestures


  • Public displays of affection between members of the opposite sex are not condoned. However, members of the same-sex may touch or hold hands with one another.
  • Never, ever point your foot at anyone; it is considered extremely rude. Do not cross legs with one leg resting on the other knee, and never cross your legs in front of an older person.
  • In contrast to the foot being foul, the head is sacred in Thailand. Never touch anyone on the head, nt even chid.
  • Do not pat people on the back or shoulders.
  • Give up your seat on the bus or train to a monk who is standing.
  • Never walk in front of Thais praying in temple.
  • Beckoning is done with the palm down and the fingures waved toward the body.
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