Business Travel Safety Tips Thailand
| Thailand is fast becoming a regional business hub ranking alongside countries like Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. Banking services are efficient and reliable, telecommunications services utilize satellite technology to offer comprehensive countrywide mobile phone networks, fast and efficient high-speed Internet access and international teleconferencing.
For the business traveler, hotels are the best for quality, services and facilities, and many maintain business centers that offer the same facilities your own office might offer.
Use only authorized taxis in Thailand. Some tourists who have used unauthorized taxis have reported that they have been robbed and assaulted. Be very careful in using credit cards, as they may be copied and used for purchases in other countries.
One of the main reasons people travel is to explore other cultures and establish how other countries and cultures do things. If visitors start imposing their own cultural approach on the situations and events they encounter, it sometimes leads to ugly scenes that are entirely avoidable with a little insight on how things are done in Thailand.
The monarchy is revered by all Thais, and people will not tolerate any lack of respect towards any member of the royal family. Buddhism is the national religion and it is very important to be respectful as far as the religion is concerned. Always dress decently when entering a temple or religious shrine. Do not wear shoes inside a temple where Buddha images are kept and take your shoes off before entering someone’s home. Thais do not shake hands; they ‘wai’ – a gesture made by placing your hands together in front of your face a bowing a little. A pat on the head, may be regarded as a friendly and supportive gesture in the west, in Thailand any gesture towards the head will cause Thais to recoil and will be greeted with shock and possibly annoyance. Do not point at things with your feet, and do not point the palms of your feet at anyone. In Thailand shouting and shows of annoyance are entirely frowned upon, whatever the situation.