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How To Plan Your Next Business Trip To Thailand

 

So, you have a big business trip coming up to Thailand, but you don’t know what to wear, pack, or how to even start planning your trip? Well, this should be the least of worries. Even if you take all the proper precautions, just the slightest mistake could sink your chances of landing that partnership if you are not fully aware of Thailand’s etiquette. This is why it is imperative to make sure that you know exactly everything there is to possibly know about Thailand’s social norms. Whether you find yourself in the boardroom or out on the town with clients, the following guide will prepare you for your upcoming trip to Thailand.

Always Show Respect For The Monarchy

Depending on where you are coming from, you may be accustomed to democracy or some other form of government. Well, what you need to know about Thailand is that they are a monarchy, which means that are ruled by a king and queen. When it comes to respect for the king and queen this is something that is non-negotiable. In fact, not only will insulting the monarchy potentially cost you your business deal, but it could even land you in jail. Even before movie screenings and public events, citizens are required to stand in honor of the king and queen, so this is something that you are going to have to get used to.

If you are not sure if saying something is appropriate or not, you are probably best off just keeping it to yourself. Your professionalism is an important matter and you should conduct yourself accordingly.

Be Careful With Your Hands And Feet

If you are booking a Thailand tour packages business vacation, the first thing that the travel agent will tell you is that 90 percent of Thailand’s citizens practice Buddhism. In the Buddhist tradition, they consider the head to be very sacred, as it is the highest part of the body. This means that you should avoid touching your hosts or clients on the head at all costs. This might not be a problem for you, but some individuals have a habit of grabbing people’s heads when hugging or shaking hands.

In addition to this, the feet are regarded as sacred parts of the body as well since they are considered the lowest part of the body. Feet should never be extended or pointed toward people or objects. For instance, when you are sitting down next to someone, you should always avoid crossing your leg over the opposite knee, because this would leave your foot pointing at the individual next to you.

Know How To Act In Someone’s Home

Since you are in Thailand on business, it is highly likely that you will be invited to a temple or into someone’s home. A lot of the same traditions that are practiced in the temples are practiced within the homes as well. For instance, when entering a temple or someone’s home you are always expected to wear clothing that covers your legs, arms, and shoulders. In addition to this, you should always remove your shoes before entering a temple or house to show respect.

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