Whether you are holidaying in Thailand, or living here there are various Thai laws you need to be aware of.

We will briefly mention just 5 of these

Showing disrespect to the Thai Royal family

The Thai Royal family is revered by Thai citizens.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the longest reigning monarch in the world today.

He is also Thailand’s longest reigning king ever.

It is important that you should understand showing any disrespect to the king, or any members of the Royal family (dead or alive) is looked upon very seriously by the Thai government and police.

Do not express in public, or write anything derogatory about them during your time in Thailand.

If you do you could well be subject to the Thai law which covers “lese majeste”.

If convicted of such a crime you could face up to 15 years in prison.


The Thai authorities view the importation, exportation or use of any illegal drugs extremely seriously.

If you are caught carrying, selling, or using drugs you will be subject to a jail sentence.

Driving a Motorbike or scooter without wearing a helmet

If you are a foreigner who owns or rents a motorbike in Thailand you should wear a helmet at all times.

Failure to do so will leave you open to an on-the-spot fine.

These fines will vary dependent upon where you are in the country, but the general rule of thumb in the holiday resorts is 200 baht per offence.

It is also important for you to understand that you should have either a valid Thai driving license or an International driving permit if you are purchasing or renting any vehicle here.

Working without a work permit

This Thai law is very straightforward.

If you intend to do any type of work during your stay in Thailand you must first obtain a work permit.

If you do not then you will face a heavy fine and possible deportation.

Visa Overstay

When you enter the Kingdom of Thailand you will be given a visa.

It is very important that you do not overstay your visa.

If you do you will be subject to a fine which increases on a daily basis.

Be sensible!

You know the laws in your own country, and the vast majority of you abide by such rules.

Before you come to Thailand for either a holiday, to live here, or to work here please take a little time out to read and understand the Thai laws.

As long as you abide by them you will have a thoroughly wonderful time in this beautiful country.