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Overview Thailand

Insights into the regulations, traditions, and logistics of Thailand.

Currency: Thai Baht
Calling code: +6
Area: 513,100 km² (198,100 per sq miles)
Population: 68.86 million
Density: 135 per km² (350 people per sq miles)

1. Are there typical greeting rituals?

When Thai people meet, they welcome each other with a so called "WAI". The wai consists of a slight bow with the palms pressed together, either in front of the chest or the face. Another way to greet someone is the word "Sawaddee", which can be follwed by a "Kha" (for women) or a "Krab" (for men).  It is also possible to combine both greetings.

2. What business rules are to be followed?

Thai's prefer to build personal relationships before discussing business. Very often, issues will need to be repeatedly discussed and at many different levels before any decisions are made. For example, meetings will always take place over lunch or drinks and entertainment is part of developing business relationships.

3. What advantages are there?

Thailand is a country influenced by Budism, in which foreigners/tourists are warmly welcomed. It is one of the least expensive places to fly to in Asia and the well developed public transportation system makes it possible to travel through the entire country on a low budget. Due to the hot and mostly sunny weather it is possible to enjoy the beaches in Thailand all year round.

WAT Phra Kaew Temple | Bangkok
4. What subjects are discussed during small talk?

When Thai people have time for small talk, we always discuss daily life, social activities and some nice restaurant to eat and funny places to visit.

5. What commodities play an important role in the country and to which countries does it export to and from which countries does it import from the most part?

a. Export:
Motors, car parts and accessories, machines and rubber products
To: China, Japan, USA und Europe

b. Import:
Fuel and lubricants, capital goods, raw materials and consumer goods
From: China, Japan, USA and Europe

 

6. What special logistics obstacles/difficulties are there on location?

There is a shortage of skilled workers and a lack of government support for the transport industry.
 

Phuket Island
7. What goods were the most exciting or unusual that were transported by Fr. Meyer's Sohn or of which you have heard?

Car parts imported by plane from Indonesia.

8. Are there traditional dishes that are eaten on specific holidays, for instance?

In Thailand Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup) is very famous. Tom Yum is hot and sour and it is one of the signature dishes of Thailand and a favourite of the Thais.

9. What must absolutely be experienced or seen there?
  • Chiangmai, an ancient city in the north, which is consindered a historical, cultural and religious centre
  • Bangkok, the capital of Thailand
  • Wat Phra Kaew Temple
  • The boat filled Chao Phraya River
  • Phuket (PP Island) the beautiful mountain island and also the beaches
Author
Nadine Kinscher-Masur

Corporate Head of Marketing at Fr. Meyer's Sohn

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