Doing Business in Bangkok
Four things to Keep in Mind
Bangkok is now a famous commercial capital with many multinationals locating their regional headquarters here. Remember these pointers if you find yourself in Bangkok on a business trip.
Class and Respect
Much like many Asian countries, Thai people are very class-conscious. If you’re a middle-aged Caucasian in a suit, then you will probably be treated with a lot of respect. Unfortunately, they would also be unlikely to question anything you say or deliver bad news since they would tend to stray away from upsetting authority.
Business Hotels and Meetings
If you’re unfamiliar with Bangkok, then finding your way around can be very difficult. So be sure to organise your meetings at one of many business hotels Bangkok has nearby to all parties involved. There are many hotels to choose from, ideal for corporate functions in the city, such as Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel.
What NOT to Do
Never say anything critical of the king since it can even lead to legal action against you. The Buddha is highly respected so always express respect in the presence of Buddhist imagery and never leave the soles of your feet facing a Buddha statue or image. Never pass items over someone’s head or with your left hand and do not point at anything with a single finger.
Displaying emotion publicly is considered disrespectful, and so is criticising someone openly and causing them to lose face. Always speak courteously and politely.
Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.