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Thailand is a Royal Kingdom. Never insult the King or Queen of Thailand. The Thai people highly respect the Royal family. They even have public holidays for both the birth dates of the current King and Queen also known as Fathers Day and Mothers Day respectively.

The present Royal family has done a lot of good for their people and environment compared to neighbouring countries like Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos and Burma.

Buddhism is the main religion in Thailand. You will see a Wat or Temple in every community and small Shrine's in many houses and businesses.

When creating or upgrading local Buddhism temples, local residents often donate money to the Wat and in return give thanks to Buddha and have their name engraved in a tile or plaque for life.

There are of course many other religions in Thailand. Some have even created western style churches to reflect their faith.

Please make sure your knees and shoulders are covered when visiting a First Class Royal Temple. Sandals are the minimum accepted for footwear, and hats should be taken off when entering temples.

Thai people normally do not shake hands when they greet one another. Instead they press their palms together in a prayer-like gesture called a "Wai" including a small head bow.

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Thai people also regard the head as the highest part of the body, literally and figuratively. Therefore, please avoid touching people on the head. It is considered very rude, especially to children and statues of Buddha.

Finally, make sure you remove your shoes before entering a private Thai home.