Breaking rules and testing how far we can get away with them is fun. Not in Thailand. Offenses here are taken so seriously that you might end up in prison or paying a high fine. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Follow the rules no matter how strange they may be. Read up on this guide Thailand’s strange laws to avoid making expensive mistakes.
KEEP YOUR PANTS ON!
Briefs, knickers, boxers, panties – whatever you call them. Don’t be caught on the streets without your pants on as it is illegal in the Land of Smiles to go commando. It may seem like a strange law but heed it anyway as you do not want to end up being fined or sent to jail. Having said that, no one really knows how they would find out, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. So, keep your underwear on. And, if by some twist of fate, you are not wearing one, keep your trousers or skirt on.
KEEP YOUR SHIRT ON!
It is illegal to drive a vehicle without a shirt on. So, no matter how cool it looks to be riding a motorbike without your top on, don’t lose your shirt or you might end up paying the fine. Although this strange law says nothing about passengers, perhaps it’s safer to keep your shirt on just in case.
DON’T STEP ON THE CURRENCY
If you find a Thai bill stuck in your shoe, then only consider yourself lucky if it is enough to pay the fine for stepping on Thai currency. So, watch where you step or you might be breaking this strange law in Thailand.
DO NOT LITTER
In Thailand, littering is taken seriously. Throwing your garbage on the streets can cost you 2,000 Baht, roughly 60 USD.
NO GUM ON THE STREET
Littering is worse when it’s gum. You end up paying a higher fine for this offense. So, wrap up that gum you are chewing and dispose of it properly. Although it is over the top, it is great to know that you won’t have to worry about scraping gum off your shoe when you are in Thailand.
THERE IS A PLACE FOR BOOZING
Temples, public offices, education institutions, gas stations, hospitals, and public parks are not it. If you are caught drinking in these locations, you will either end up in prison for six months or fined a maximum of 10,000 Baht.
THERE IS A TIME FOR BOOZING
Just because you are over 20, the legal drinking age in Thailand, this does not mean that you can drink alcohol any time you want. You are not allowed to purchase alcohol in the afternoon from 2-5 PM and from midnight to 11 AM. The sale of alcohol is also prohibited during elections, the birthdays of the Queen and King of Thailand, and the special religious holidays.
Thailand has a vague Playing Cards Act, which states one should not be seen with more than 120 pieces of cards. Although a deck only has 52, it might not be worth the hassle of being caught playing cards in public.
IT’S BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY
In a land where the language barrier will make it difficult for you to sweet talk your way out of sticky situations, stay on the safe side by following these laws. You can question these strange rules when you are back home.
ANY NEW RULES?
Perhaps there is a new law we are not aware of. No matter how strange it is, let your fellow travellers know by commenting below.