While visiting Thailand, you’ll probably want to visit some temples, so here’s somethings you should know:

  • Dress politely which means, at the very least, covering your knees and shoulders
  • Turn off mobile phones, remove headphones, lower your voice, avoid inappropriate conversation, remove hats, and no smoking or chewing gum.
  • Shoulders should be covered and long pants worn rather than shorts. Some temples in tourist places may be more lenient, but your modesty will be appreciated.
  • Never touch, sit near, or climb on a Buddha statue or the raised platform. Get permission before taking photographs and never do so during worship. When exiting, back away from the Buddha before turning your back.
  • Pointing at things or people around the temple is considered extremely rude. To indicate something, use your right hand with the palm facing upwards. When sitting, never point your feet at a person or image of Buddha.