Hello or Good-Bye… Saw Was Dee – ( sa wa dee) Ka for females. Krap or kap for males. Females sa-wa-dee- ka. Males sa-wa-dee-kap … is a polite hello and good bye. Gays (lady boys) will say Saw Wa Dee Ha.
Thank You – Kap Kuhn (ka for women) Kap for Men as in (women) Kap Kuhn ka or (men) Kap Kuhn kap is thank you. Gay men ( lady boys) will say Kap Kuhn Ha.
Alcohol Sales – You can purchase alcohol between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm and after 5 pm. Alcohol is not available during the other hours of the day nor is it available during the 3 or 4 annual Buddhist days and nor during any election. Having said this most any little store that sells alcohol will ignore these non sales hours and bootleg you booze especially if you bring in with you a concealing bag into which the booze can be put. The exception being the Buddhist days when it is very difficult to find a bootlegger.
Thailand’s population is 66 million people. 44 million females and 22 million males. Thai women give birth on average to two females for every male born. This leads to some very different ideologies from western culture. 16 million people reside in Bangkok.
Raising your voice is unacceptable in Thailand, and considered rude and impolite. Being humble and calm is always the best approach in Thailand.
Shoes must be taken off upon entering someone’s home. Even if you get a “mai pen rai” (no problem/it’s okay), still take them off! Many stores are also shoes off.
Pointing is a no-no in Thailand. Particularly don’t point at monks or pictures of any of the Royal Family, and as a general rule don’t point at people to make reference to them.
Royal Family is highly respected and all powerful. You are visiting Thailand at their discretion. Dissing them can get you up to 50 years in a Thai prison.
Monks are highly regarded as they live a life of poverty and freely giving of their knowledge. The first seat behind the middle door of every buss is reserved for monks and you are sitting in this seat when a monk enters the bus you need to give it up to the monk. It is O K to buy a full body art of a monk. It is frowned upon to purchase just a head. Past violence in Thailand has resulted in the beheading of monks and worse.