general, the Thai are friendly and polite, and you should try to act the
same way. It is very bad behaviour to start loud arguments or challenge
someone in public. Harsh criticism, shouting, or other displays of anger
or rage will not get you anywhere in Thailand. A person`s head is
considered sacred and it is an insult to touch it. The feet, on
the other hand, are considered very impure, and you should never point
at a person, or a religious object with a foot or step over somebody. The
king of Thailand and royal family are held in genuine respect by
the people and you should never speak derogatively about them or act disrespectfully
with regard to them (for instance, never step on a Thai bank note - it
depicts the head of the king. People have been known to be arrested for
It is still unusual for a female tourist to travel alone, but you will probably not run into any problem because of it. The Thai women themselves have considerable influence, especially in business life, and are respected members of society.
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