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Dos and Don'ts of Pattaya

Pattaya Overview | Pattaya etiquette

Visitors to Pattaya often wonder about proper Pattaya etiquette. People unfamiliar with the Thai culture want to make sure they do not do anything insulting or inappropriate. The Dos and Don'ts of Pattaya are a good outline of things you should keep in mind.

First and foremost you want to show patience and tolerance. Pattaya etiquette is based on people showing patience, tolerance and understanding. Losing your temper is considered highly inappropriate and you will rarely, if ever, see a Pattaya resident or other Thai person lose their temper.

Make sure you do not insult anyone, personal insults are taken very seriously and bringing shame to a Thai person can have serious consequences, it is a good idea to watch what you say even if you are joking.

Pattaya Etiquette: Things to Do

  • always be patient and understanding especially if you are in a queue or waiting to pay, etc.
  • offer things and receive things with your right hand
  • always keep both feet on the ground when you are sitting
  • get a receipt of you pay for anything in advance
  • remove your shoes when entering someone's home
  • sit where you are requested to sit

Pattaya Etiquette: Things Not to Do

  • do not be surprised if things move at a much slower pace than you are used, make sure you keep your cool and exercise tolerance, do not overreact
  • never lose your temper
  • do not be surprised if someone who accepted an invitation does not show up, Thai people rarely decline invitations even if they have no intention on attending an event
  • do not hug a Thai person in appreciation and never hug or kiss someone's wife
  • never touch a monk
  • do not point your fingers at anyone
  • do not step over another person or any part of their body

Though these are some basic dos and don't's of Pattaya it is a good start for Pattaya etiquette so you can be comfortable and enjoy your business or holiday in Pattaya.


Last Updated: 27 Sep 2007