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Great terms to learn are the following:
- Thank you
- Where is the bathroom?
Even though many of the people in tourist areas will speak some English (assuming that is your first language), it is always nice for them to hear someone attempting their language. Chances are your accent will be horrible and you won’t say the words correctly, but it is definitely a case of “what you don’t try won’t hurt you.”. In fact, you may even get rewarded for your efforts by a dessert at a restaurant or a nice souvenir.
Find out if there is a gesture that is expected as a method of greeting as well. In Thailand, you would greet a person and give a little bow in a gesture of respect. I’m sure that if a tourist forgot, they were easily forgotten, but as we are guests in their country, it is only right we do our best to abide and follow their rules and traditions.