This custom still exists in some rural areas of the country, but you probably won't be asked to do this as a foreigner.
However, some Thais will even perform this ritual before going to sleep in a hotel room.
A Thai person is more likely to wait until you have left to open the gift.
Your Next Read: Find Out What's Behind All 13 Thai Smiles Shoes must be taken off upon entering someone’s home.Even if you get a “mai pen rai” (no problem/it’s okay), still take them off!Pregnant women in Thailand will generally avoid visiting the sick, eating chilies and fishing.Chillies, I guess, are bad for the baby, visiting sick people might make you or your baby sick, and fishing…hmmm, no idea. I’ve watched friends and students date girls and I’ve seen all kinds of oddities.
During my time in Bangkok I’ve dated many different kinds of Thai women.
This may appear as a green light to dress liberally, but in actual fact, as a foreign woman, you should exercise modesty if you want to be perceived in a good light.
The perception of western women is one of a highly sexed bunch who like to let it all hang out, a notion borne out of western movies and different cultural upbringing.
Shoes walk on the ground and pick up all manner of dirt. Don't touch anyone on the head unless you want trouble.
You may see Thais rubbing kids on the head, but I would refrain from this unless the child is in your extended family and a bond has already been established.
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