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Your guide to Thailand:
Elite Training Institute, Bangkok


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About your guide:

Elite Training Institute, established in 1990, is based in Bangkok and has been a leader in the development of training courses for Thai individuals, schools, organizations, and companies. With courses in a wide variety of fields, ranging from English as a Second Language, Teacher Training, International Study Tours, and Cross Cultural Courses.

Elite’s Cultural Courses are an ideal way for expatriates to adapt themselves to working and living in Thailand. Covering a wide range of topics, courses are normally organized as a workshop that allows a large amount of interaction and practical advice.

For more information on Elite, please visit our Web site, or our facilities on Silom Rd., central Bangkok.

Thailand: About Thailand – Part 1
Geography, climate, and government

Thailand: About Thailand – Part 2
Economy, religion, currency, and banking

Thailand: Appointment Alert!
Making appointments

Thailand: Business Dress
Guidelines for business dress

Thailand: Conversation
Welcome topics of conversation

Thailand: First Name or Title?
Addressing others with respect

Thailand: Gift Giving
Selecting and presenting an appropriate business gift

Thailand: Let’s Make a Deal! – Part 1
What you should know before negotiating

Thailand: Let’s Make a Deal! – Part 2
Business cards

Thailand: Prosperous Entertaining – Part 1
Entertaining for business success

Thailand: Prosperous Entertaining – Part 2
More tips

Thailand: Public Behaviour – Part 1
Acceptable public conduct

Thailand: Public Behaviour – Part 2
Acceptable public conduct

Useful Web Sites for Thailand

Consular Information Sheet

Wikipedia: Thailand

CIA World Factbook: Thailand

Lonely Planet: Thailand Thailand for Visitors

Economist Country Briefings: Thailand

BBC Country Profiles: Thailand

World Health Organization: Thailand

Getting Away: Thailand


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Thailand Business Etiquette and Culture

This guide to Thailand business etiquette and culture covers many aspects of doing business in Thailand. It is our goal to provide practical, accurate, and up-to-date tips on Thailand business culture and etiquette, written by experts in business consulting in Thailand. We encourage visitors to leave questions or comments on on our discussion boards, moderated by experts in intercultural training and business. Your contributions help us make Executive Planetâ„¢ the most comprehensive resource on Elite Training Institute, Bangkok business etiquette and culture on the Internet.

This guide contains the following articles:

Let’s Make a Deal – negotiating tactics, the value of connections, recommended business card style and content, business card protocol, sitting and presenting yourself in meetings, language for brochures and promotional material, pace of business, preferred presentation styles, final agreements, thinking styles, adherance to company policy, and more on Thailand business culture . . .
Prosperous Entertaining – typical mealtimes throughout the day, best venues for business entertaining, punctuality for social events, dinner table seating etiquette, mealtime etiquette, importance of alcohol, toasting, guidelines for hosting a banquet/social event, what foods should be served/avoided, accepting and declining invitations, and more on Thailand business etiquette. . .
Appointment Alert! – typical vacation times, recommended apppointment times, length of the lunch hour, signals that indicate beginning or end of an appointment, best arrival time (early, late, right on time), and more on Thailand business culture. . .
Gift Giving – recommended gifts, gifts to avoid, good and bad colours for wrapping paper, how to present a gift to individuals and groups, guidelines for receiving gifts, and more on Thailand business culture. . .
First Name or Title? – using titles such as ‘Doctor’, naming conventions to avoid, when to use first names, and more. . .
Public Behaviour – how to greet strangers and introduce yourself, the rules for men shaking hands with women, acceptable demeanor, rules for eye contact, gestures/sayings to avoid, and more on Thailand business culture. . .
Business Dress – is dress modest, conservative, etc., specific dress requirements for men and women, what visitors should wear to social functions, and more on Thailand business culture. .
Conversation – welcome and unwelcome topics of conversation, the role of compliments, the tone of voice to be used, whether your hosts are physical or more reserved, and more on Thailand business etiquette. .. . .