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I lived in Thailand for 2 years. It isn’t a very long time, but I developed a great affinity for the country and I go back at least 4-5x a year now – often to Bangkok to visit old friends, or sometimes to the beach for a long weekend. And although my Thai language has deteriorated a bit, my observance of the customs and etiquette is solidly in place. Being aware of local courtesies and politeness can go a long way towards making your travel experience at minimum go more smoothly, and in the best case scenario, you can connect more deeply with those around you.

Here’s a list of the basics when it comes to etiquette when traveling in Thailand I recently wrote for Chubby Hubby. One of which – the wai – is depicted above by the ever elegant Thai Airways flight attendants. Sawasdee ka.

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