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Dos and don'ts

Business Etiquette 

Try to make appointments at least a month in advance.

Punctuality is especially important in business settings, so arrive a few minutes early to any appointment or meeting.

Appointment Etiquette

If you are with a Thai friend or host, wait for them to introduce you.

Thais typically use first names, with the all-purpose title Khun in front of them. Nicknames are often used among friends. Last names are never used to address people.

Important to note

Always show respect, humility and good humour, and avoid any displays of negative emotion.

It is not common for Thais to open a gift in front of the giver.

Fruit, flowers, candy or chocolates, or small souvenirs from Norway are always safe choices. You may also give books, liquors, or stationary. Use your best judgment about what your host would find appropriate or useful. Never give knives or sharp objects

If you are invited to someone’s home, bringing a gift is not mandatory. However, a small token of gratitude is always appreciated.

Business Card Etiquette

Business cards are an important part of business etiquette.
If you are given a card, accept it with your right hand, look at it for a few seconds, and place it neatly in your wallet.

If you are handing out your business card, offer it to the person with the highest social status first. Never slide a business card across the table. 

Dress Code 

Men should wear dark business suits. For women, conservative suits, blouses, or business dresses are appropriate.

Shaking hands

To perform the typical Thai greeting, called the Wai, press your palms together at about the level of your chest, and bow slightly.

Most people engaged in international business are used to handshakes, but never squeeze people hands very hard.

When someone offers you a Wai in greeting, it is considered rude not to return it. However, you are not expected to return the Wai to children, waiters, doormen, guards, or street vendors.

Important to note

Never point at people and never point at anything using your feet

Don’t wrap a gift in black. This is the colour used at funerals, and it is associated with mourning. Red is an auspicious colour for gifts among Thai Chinese

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