Thai Social Etiquette | by Malithat Promathatavedi
Any culture has it’s book teaching the official version of ‘good manners‘. In Thailand, this book was published by the Royal Thai Ministry of Culture. Unfortunately, the booklet is hard to get. Therefore, we publish it’s content here. This publication is remarkable in more than one way, not only for its level of detail (you might miss the advice to brush your teeth daily when in Thailand, however). This booklet is also seen as evidence for the spirit of cultural bureaucracy and education in Thailand.
It doesn’t need a long stay in Thailand to recognize that these behavioral rules are those of formal upper classes, rather than those of Mr. and Ms. Everyman on the market place. It’s well worth reading, and you will find the one or the other thing that makes you smile. It’s an interesting publication, anyway. In this sense, we are very glad to support the Ministry of Culture in spreading the word on the right education in Thai culture.