A row of kneeling statues with their hands in the wai pose.

Conduct and Etiquette in Thailand

Thais are generally an extremely friendly, social, and curious people. A mai pen rai attitude, which loosely translates as “no worries,” pervades casual social interactions. That said, failing to observe certain key social customs may offend. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the wai, daily conduct and etiquette, and how to properly address everyone from coworkers to shop clerks.

A woman sells meatballs and sausages on sticks in a bag with sauce in Phuket market, Thailand.

Enjoying Meals in Thailand

Thailand is having a love affair with food, which ensures that you can generally eat whenever you want to without worrying about offending anyone (the one place you can’t eat, however, is on the Bangkok subway or Skytrain). Learn about common meal times in the region and what to expect from Thai cuisine.

Floating market in Amphawa, Thailand.

Adjusting to Living Abroad in Thailand

The combination of a vibrant, cosmopolitan capital, a fast-growing economy, friendly people, a higher standard of living, and a beautiful landscape make Thailand a paradise. If you’re considering a move abroad to this Asian country, keep an open mind and learn what you need to know to make it home.

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Work Permits in Thailand

If you are going to be doing anything in Thailand that produces income, the law requires that you have a work permit. Having a work permit not only entitles you to work legally in Thailand, it’s also an essential document if you want to open a bank account, get a nonprepaid mobile phone, get a driver’s license, and many other small necessities.

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Moon Living Abroad Thailand

Moon Thailand author and Bangkok resident Suzanne Nam knows what it takes to make the move to Thailand. As a dedicated travel writer who has lived in Thailand for more than four years, Nam has the firsthand know-how and insight to help you make a smooth transition to life in Southeast Asia. With her experience […]

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Moon Spotlight Phuket & the Andaman Coast

Moon Spotlight Phuket & the Andaman Coast is a 70-page compact guide covering this gorgeous southeast Asian city and stunning stretch of shoreline. Author Suzanne Nam offers her seasoned advice on must-see attractions, and includes maps with sightseeing highlights so you can make the most of your time. This lightweight guide is packed with recommendations […]

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Moon Phuket & Ko Samui

This full-color guide to Phuket and Ko Samui includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps. Journalist and Thailand resident Suzanne Nam shares an inside look at these breathtaking islands, from relaxing on the gorgeous beaches to exploring the clear waters offshore. Moon Phuket & Ko Samui includes her expert advice on how to make a […]

Photo of a river and waterfall in Tharnboke Koranee National Park in Thailand.

Tips on Visiting Thailand’s National Parks

Thailand has more than its share of national parks, many of which cover not only mainland nature areas but also swaths of sea and some of the islands off the coast. Learn about options for staying in the parks, how to get around, and more.

Accommodations set on the verdant banks along the slow-moving Kwai River.

Excursions from Bangkok: Kanchanaburi Town

This sleepy, picturesque river town is exceedingly tranquil, with the slow-moving Kwai River snaking its way through limestone hills. Here’s everything you need to plan a trip to Kanchanaburi Town.