Gift Giving Etiquette · If invited to a Thai home, a gift is not expected, although it will be appreciated. · Appropriate gifts are flowers, good quality chocolates or fruits. Do not give marigolds or carnations, as they are associated with funerals. · Avoid wrapping a gift in green, black or blue as these are colors of mourning. Gold and yellow are royal colors and are preferred. Use red wrapping paper if giving a gift to a Chinese Thai. · Gifts are not opened when received. · Money is the usual gift for weddings and ordination parties.
Meeting Etiquette · The wai is the traditional form of greeting. · Thais generally use first names rather than surnames, with the honorific title Khun before the name. Khun is an all- purpose salutation for both men and women. · In general, wait for your host and hostess to introduce you. This allows everyone to understand your status relative to their own, and thus know who performs the wai and how low to bow.
If you are invited to a Thai’s home — · Arrive close to the appointed time, although being a few minutes late will not cause offense. · If the host is not wearing shoes, remove yours before entering the house. · Step over the doorway threshold rather than on it. This is an old custom but erring on the side of conservatism is always a good idea.