Thai Laws

Age restrictions and other laws

Thai law requires that tourists carry their original passports at all times, though sometimes it's more practical to carry a photocopy and keep the original locked in a safety deposit. Mine is scanned in, photoshop all the relevant pages together then printed business card size. It is illegal for under-18s to buy cigarettes or alcohol, to drive, or to have sex, and you must be 21 or over to be allowed into a bar or club (ID checks are often enforced in Bangkok). It is illegal for anyone to gamble in Thailand (though many do).

Vaping is totally Illegal. Period.

In fact, you're better off leaving your vape at home (Baggage fairly regularly X-Rayed & spot checks) as people have been fined up to U$D 9,000 in exceptional circumstances. Banned in 2014, officially "that electronic cigarettes were luring young people into smoking" and "could result in a fine of up to 30,000 Baht and a jail sentence of up to 10 years" while many visitors carry on without any issues, blissfully unaware. 

Smoking is prohibited in all air-conditioned public buildings with a 2,000ß (THB) fine

(including restaurants but usually excluding bars and clubs) and on air-conditioned trains, buses and planes; violators are subject to a B2000 fine. Dropping cigarette butts, littering and spitting in public places can also earn you a B2000 fine. The Thais laugh at these, calling them 'Farang (foreigner) Tax', as it's only us the police even dream of picking on. Beware, they are looking out for you, easy collar. There are fines for overstaying your visa, working without a permit, and not wearing a motorcycle helmet and violating other traffic laws.

The Monarchy

It is both socially unacceptable and a criminal offence to make critical or defamatory remarks about the royal family.

Thailand's monarchy might be a constitutional one, but almost every household displays a picture of King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit in a prominent position, and respectful crowds mass whenever either of them made a public appearance. The second of their four children, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn was Crowned as Rama X in May 2019; his younger sister, Princess Royal Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, is often on TV and in the English newspapers as she is involved in many charitable projects. When addressing or speaking about royalty, Thais use a special language full of deference, called rajasap (literally "royal language").

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