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Bans in Thailand: what’s new

Thais are generally not aggressive and friendly towards foreigners, because tourism revenues are a significant part of the Thai economy …

But the laws in this kingdom are strict, including with respect to national traditions.

Russians should control their behavior, both in relation to local residents and during their stay at the hotel, on the beach, when visiting sights and just outside. We publish information about the prohibitions in Thailand, the knowledge of which will allow you to avoid unpleasant incidents that could cloud your holidays in this state.

Drones in Thailand
The authorities, represented by the Radio and Television Commission (NBTC), announced in October 2017 that all drones (quadcopters) must be registered from January 1, 2017.

Tourists taking pictures with drones in Thailand may have trouble

This applies to tourists and the local population. Otherwise – a fine of up to 3,000 dollars and / or up to 5 years in prison.

Travelers who are going to capture the beauty of Thailand from the air can be heavily fined or detained.

You can register a drone at any police station, NBTC office or at the Civil Aviation Training Center (you need to have a copy of your passport, proof of your place of residence in the country, a photo of a drone and two copies of the registration form).

Electronic Cigarettes in Thailand
Since 2014, popular electronic cigarettes (wipes) have been banned in Thailand – if the police see with them, you face a five-year prison or a large fine (up to 1 million baht).
Smoking on the beaches of Thailand
On November 1, 2017, a law banning smoking was passed on the 20 largest beaches in Thailand located in 15 provinces of Thailand, including: Patong, Koh Khai Nok, Koh Khai Nai (Phuket); Hua Hin, Cha-Am, Khao Takiab; Pattaya, Jomtien, Bangsaen and Samila (Songkhla). But, as stated in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Thailand, the law will take effect 90 days after its adoption.

The law banning smoking on the beaches of Thailand

Violators will receive a fine of up to 100 thousand baht (176 thousand rubles) or a criminal term of up to 1 year.

Running flashlights and pyrotechnics
In Thailand, on the night of the twelfth full moon of the year (in 2017, this day fell on November 3), one of the most romantic and beautiful festivals Loy Kratong is celebrated. Members of Loy Krathong set out on a journey along the water symbolic flower boats with candles.

With the boat sailing away all hardships and evil thoughts go away

Also on the festival day flying lanterns are launched into the sky and fireworks are organized.

Running flashlights and pyrotechnics
To launch fireworks and flashlights, you will need to follow the rules and get permission from local authorities.

The rules have been introduced to ensure fire and aviation security in areas adjacent to the celebration.

Violators will be fined up to 60 thousand baht and / or will be imprisoned for up to three years.
To the Buddha – with respect!
Thailand is a Buddhist country, most of the inhabitants are deeply religious. Therefore, any manifestations of disrespect for the Buddha and religious beliefs of the population, including disrespectful statements, are severely punished.

In most temples, popular with tourists, there is a certain dress code and special capes are issued, but it is better to take care of suitable clothes that hide shoulders and knees, women of any age will also need a headscarf. Shoes are usually left outside the temple. The same tradition, by the way, is observed when entering the homes of Thais.

Loud talk, laughter in the temple is unacceptable. Video and photography can only be done with the permission of the ministers. Women can not touch the monks and exchange with them any items.

New King of Thailand
Disrespectful remarks about the King, about members of the royal family and other members of the ruling dynasty, including those who have died, are a serious criminal offense, even providing for imprisonment.

Died King of Thailand
In general, it is better to avoid talking about politics in dealing with the Thais. Local people are very scrupulous about this issue and can dislike even your innocent jokes or the usual interest in the internal politics of the country as disrespect.

Restraint in communication
The main rule that should be followed when dealing with the Thais is restrained behavior.

You can not raise your voice and the more screaming at people, because you are like a barking dog and insult someone you talk to. Also, do not gesticulate in front of the Thais.

Thai gestures
Hugs and semi-embraces, not to mention kisses, a friendly pat on the shoulder – all this in the kingdom is unacceptable not only in relation to local, but also when tourists communicate with each other in public places. Be sure to make sure that the Thai are not touched by the head – this is a part of the body especially protected here.

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