Please dress politely at all times.
You are guests in the village.
When washing wear a sarong to refrin you modesty and gain.
The respect of the hilltribes be sensitive taking photographs.
Do and Don't
When in the hilltribe villages
1. Do not enter or knock at any hilltribe people?s door which has a fresh branch of tree hanging in front of house. This is a sign that the house is in middle of having a singnificant caremony such as giving birth to a new born baby or offering food to their guardian spirits.
2. Do not touch the sacred thing of the village or the holy thing in the hilltribe people?s house.
The example are the Village gate , the gaint swing for some ceremony and male-or-female Akha?sdolls.
Do not touch the spirit house of the village. Aslo, it is prohibited to touch their spirit shelf in the village.
3. Do not show affection between male and female in public. Most important, do not commit any sexual herassment with the village girl.
4. Do not naked while having a bathe or swimming in public. You should wear properly even when sleeping time.
5. Ask for permission before taking any photo of people, worship places or ceremonies.
6. If tourists violates the tribe?s rule, it is customarily for the tourist to pay a fine for thier doing thing wrong with the tribe?s spirit.
7. One important thing you should avoid is using narcotic in the hilltribe village. It is not only harmful but also unlawful.
8. If you would like to donate something, avoid an individual help to hilltribe people. The help should be for thier whole community such as donating medicine or money for the village fund and some educational things to school.
Tips for elephant-ridding
For some visitors, elephant-ridding is a new and exiting experience. To make your riding safe and more enjoyable, here are some tips.
1. Be obedient to the mahout?s direction.
2. Do not ride an elephant on your own.
3. Wear compact and comfortable dress, a pair of comfortable shoe, sunglasses, and a hat.
4. Normally, tourists often have trouble making thier balance on the elephant?s back, so, it is advisable not to be nervous. Relax and make yourself comfortable as you can with the rhythm of the elephant?s walking steps. And hole on to the safety rope or the string prepared on the back of the elephant.
5. Don?t make loud noises. The elephant gets frightened and mad.
6. For person with irrational persistent fear of heights, do not ride an elephant.
7. Get on or off the elephant, only at the place provided. And do follow the mahout?s direction.
8. Do not feed, tease or take photo of the elephant without a mahout?s control near by.
When in the forest
To preserve the environment-especially the forest, wildlife, and the beauty of nature-these are what good trekkers should do!
1. Do not throw anything which can easily get fire such as smoked ciragette. After cooking, make sure the fire has already been put off.
2. Do not cut, pick out or destory any leaf, flower, or tree.
3. Do not take anything, that belongs there, out of the forest.
4. Do not hunt for any wildlife.
5. Do not break limestones or draw anything on the wall of caves.
6. Do not litter.
7. Do not make loud noise in the forest.
Leave only your footprint in the forest, and bring only beautiful memory and photo.
When entering a religious place
A number of special sections in the Thai law concorns religious offenses. These cover not only Buddhism, the religion of the majority of the people, but also other faiths represented in the kingdom. To avoid gaffes, here are a few basic tips on ?what to do and not? when visiting religious place:
* Dress neatly. Don?t go shirtless, in shorts, hot pants or other unsuitable attire.
* It is all right to wear shoes while walking arould the compound of a buddhist temple, but not inside the chapel where the principal Buddha image is kept.
* Buddhist priests are forbidden to touch or be touched by women or to accept anything from thier hands. If a women has to give anything to a monk or novice, she hand it to a men, who then presents it. In case of a women who want to present it with her hand, the monk or novice spreads out a piece of saffron robe or handkerchief infront of him, and a women lays down the material on the robe.
* All Buddha images, large or small, ruined or not, are regarded as sacred objects. Hence, don?t climb up on one to take a photograp or do anything that might show lack of respect.
* In a Muslim mosque, men should wear hats and women should be well covered with slacks or a long skirt, a long-sleeved blouse buttoned to the neck, and a scarf over the hair. Shoes should be removed before entering a mosque.
When in Thailand
Thais believe the head to be the most sacred part of the body. Thus, refrain from tuuching a Thai on the head, even as a friendly gesture.
The feet are also off limits. They are considered the lowest and dirtiest part of the body. Remember to apologize if you accidentally step on someone?s foot (or touch their head).
Don?t rest your feet or put your shoes on a table, and don?t stretch out your feet in anyone?s direction. This is particularly important in temples-don?t point your feet at a Buddha image or a monk.
Thais feel very strongly about their religion, so don?t wear your beach clothes to a temple. Both women and men should cover their legs and their shoulders. Don?t allow children to climb over Buddha image. Always remove your shoes before entering.
The traditional Thai greeting is not a handshake but a ?wai? where the hand are brought together in front of the chin. The youngers or lower-ranking person ?wai? frist.
Displays of anger are ugly and a sign of a lack of self-control. So don?t lose your cool in an irritating situation. Anger won?t get you anywhere; rather, practise polite persistence.
The Royal family is deeply respected and loved. Don?t speak ill of them even in jest.
Displays of affection between the sexes in public are a ?no-no.? Personal hygiene and cleanliness are very important. Thais tend to dress very politely; long short in the hot climate are the norm. Don?t sunbathe topless.
Thais are quite respectful of Westerners and you will probably get people trying out their English on you. Don?t be offened by questions about your age, salary and marital status. They don?t mean to be intrusive.
Similarly, the greeting is often ?Hey, you!? from Thais who don?t know English. This is not an insult, rather, it is a translation from the polite ?you? in the Thai language.
The common way of greeting someone in Thai is not ?How are you? but ?Where are you going?? rendered in Thai as ?Pai nai.? Answer with ?Pai Tee-o? (I?m going out).
Finally, Thais realize you are a Westerner and oblivious to most of these customs. However you will be held in very high esteem if you attempt to follow the local customs.
These is a word in the Thai language which is ?sanuk?. This word describes everything that is fun, enjoyable and give feeling of pleasure. This, combined with the phrase ?mai pen rai? - never mind - should remain in your mind during your stay in this country.