Studying abroad is more than just studying. It is also about living, interacting, and experiencing the new culture. Different cultures might have different values. Even though Thailand is somehow similar to Cambodia's practices, there are still some differences. Therefore, for students who desire to study overseas in Thailand, it is a great idea to understand some cultural differences and to maximize your experience there.
To help students with these concerns, here are a few helpful tips of 10 things you should do and should not do while studying and living in Thailand.
Generally speaking, Thai people dress modestly and it is inappropriate to show too much skin. Especially when visiting temples or royal palace, visitors are required to wear clothes that cover shoulders and knees. It is also essential to remove your shoes when entering people's homes, temples, and royal palace.
Thailand is also famous for its “Thai smile” and it is considered as their etiquette and part of their everyday life. Therefore, it is always a good idea to return someone’s smile when greeting, when negotiating, and on almost all occasions.
One of the great things about studying abroad is the chance to experience their culture and lifestyle. Making friends with the locals would make you less lonely and also the best way to experience their culture and way of living. Expand your circle of friends, you will make your life there much enjoyable.
It is always an asset to know other language and Cambodian people are usually quite to pick up Thai language. Learning basic Thai phrases will help you get around town and locals will appreciate it when you make an effort. Maximize your time in Thailand and be open to learn some Thai language. It is fun to learn and practice it in your daily activities.
If you choose to pursue your degree in Thailand, it will be a long and exciting journey. It is always a great idea to have a bucket list of what you want to do there so that you are surely maximizing your time there. There are many more things besides studying. It can be visiting someplace or just eating some local food. Customize your own one!
Thai people practice their religious practice very strictly, and Buddhism is the religion that most people followed. The Buddha image and other sacred items should be respected. For females, avoid touching monks. When entering the temple, people should dress and behave properly.
For Thai people, the head is the most sacred part of the body. It is important to never touch or pat someone’s head or hair and show apology when accidentally do so. Nevertheless, this standard also varies for lovers and parents etcetera.
It is considered inappropriate and rude to point at someone in Thai culture. Instead, try and tilt your chin slightly in the direction of the person and use your whole palm. It is fine to point the object and animal, but it is more polite and appropriate to use our entire hand rather than a single finger when addressing a person in Thai culture.
Avoid raising your voice, yelling, showing impatience, hostility, or aggression in Thai culture. There is the word that Thai people use which is “jai yen” meaning “to calm down”. Always keep calm, even if you don’t agree with something. A smile is the best way to reach an agreement.
Monarchy is a sacred and respectful figure to all Thai people. Particularly, the late king is greatly respected and loved by Thai people. It is considered offensive to speak negatively or show disrespect toward the Thai Royal family. Legally, Thailand's lese-majesty law also strictly forbid the insult or negative discussion of the monarchy, and the offenders are subjected to detention or jail sentence.
What Should You Get from the Article?
Cambodian students can learn about the 10 things that you should do and should not do when studying and living in Thailand. Keeping in mind this information, it will be much easier to adapt to the Thai culture without unintentionally offending people.
For information about overseas education in China and abroad, Cambodian students and parents who have further inquiry can always visit us WEduAbroad, the local consultancy for study abroad for free consultations about studying in Thailand at the 9th Floor, B-Ray Tower, Preah Norodom Blvd, Tonle Bassak Commune, Chamkamorn District, Phnom Penh (map here) or contact us via phone call (855) 17 548 354 or (855) 81 63 63 60. You can also visit our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/WEduAbroad/.
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