Even if you get a “mai pen rai” (no problem/it’s okay), still take them off!
Shoes walk on the ground and pick up all manner of dirt. Don't touch anyone on the head unless you want trouble.
However, some Thais will even perform this ritual before going to sleep in a hotel room.
As a foreign woman in Thailand, you will see women (particularly in Bangkok), dressed in short skirts, heels and backless tops, and often think, “That's a bit dressy just to go to the mall”!
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.
Myself and a couple of friends caused quite a stir once in Chiang Mai when debating current affairs at the table of a restaurant.
Quiet and humble is always the best approach in the Kingdom: you certainly won't achieve anything by becoming aggressive or loud.
Remember, if you are going on a date with a Thai woman, don't think going “Dutch” is an option.
It isn't, and you may well be seen as tight (kee-nee-ow) for expecting to split the bill.
Chillies, I guess, are bad for the baby, visiting sick people might make you or your baby sick, and fishing…hmmm, no idea.
Your Next Read: Find Out What's Behind All 13 Thai Smiles Shoes must be taken off upon entering someone’s home.
Your Next Read: How to Do The Perfect Thai Wai This list is a fairly brief overview, and there's a ton of other customs and traditions out there.
There's also likely to be variations and completely different customs found as you travel between regions.
However, don't point at monks or pictures of any of the Royal Family, and as a general rule don't point at people when making reference to them.