"Smiling is the key to having a..." Thailand Local Custom Tip by Torntara
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Smiling is the key to having a good time in Thailand. A smile can mean many things including an apology, an expression of sympathy, as well as pleasure. Very importantly, it demonstrates that you are in control of your emotions. Smile when you haggle and the price may well come down - don't take haggling seriously and don't get aggressive it won't help. If others smile after bumping into, for example, remember this is an apology, and you can smile back to show that it's okay!
Dress relatively smartly and you will find service improves and people treat you with more respect wherever you go. It will be easier to make friends with people too! Even in the beach areas, keep yourself reasonably well covered except when you are right on the beach or in the water but remember that topless sunbathing and nudity are considered offensive in Thailand - no matter what anyone else on the beach is doing. The south of Thailand is often described as the place where you can 'let go' and disregard the norms of Thai culture to which you may have been adhering elsewhere in the country, but the people who live along the beaches in the south are Thai too and what's more many are Muslim. Please do try not to offend!
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