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Thailand has a reputation, in part, founded, to be among the most permissive countries in all of Asia, however there are some rules to respect, at the risk of having serious trouble.

lèse-majesté crime

Le Roi Rama X et sa fille
Thailand is one of the rare states where the crime of lèse-majesté [The crime of lèse-majesté is an ill-defined concept of law relating to different legal qualifications. It is generally connected with attacks on the sovereign, whoever he may be, a monarch, the people, a founding principle, and so on. and to the signs of his majesty, decisions, objects, persons and their representatives, etc.
In France, he disappeared from the penal code in 1832. A crime of offense to the highest representative of the State was reintroduced by the Third Republic. The offense against the Head of State is a crime, the penalty incurred being now a simple fine, since the law no 2013-711 of August 5, 2013.
In Denmark, defamation against the royal family is more punishable by law than against ordinary citizens.
In The Netherlands and Spain, the offense of lèse-majesté is punishable by a fine. In the Netherlands, however, no sentence has been pronounced for this reason for a long time.
In Morocco, convictions for "undermining the sacraments" are common.
In Thailand, insulting the ruler is punishable by prison terms of up to several decades. The crime of lèse-majesté was particularly reinforced from the years 2010 by military dictatorships.
On October 11, 2011, the US citizen, L erpong Wichaikhammat, returned to Thailand a year before his conviction for the treatment of high blood pressure and gout, was arrested, tried and sentenced severely for making available on his blog - created four years ago - download of

The King Never Smiles

biography of Paul M. Handley, banned book in Thailand - it is also accused of having translated some articles or part of the Handley book. Lerpong Wichaikhammat was finally pardoned on July 10, 2012. Following the May 2014 coup d’etat that toppled the democratic regime, lèse-majesté charges rose sharply, especially against opponents of the junta. The crime of lèse-majesté is denounced by many observers as a means of limiting freedom of expression and suppressing dissent. Several figures from the world of politics or business have been condemned and forced to leave the country, like the entrepreneur Nopporn Suppipat, now a political refugee in France.
In December 2015, a Thai worker was jailed for "sarcastic" comments to the king’s bitch under the lèse majesté crime laws protecting the royal family. In June 2017, the United Nations called on Thailand to amend its lèse-majesté law.
]] is still running. It is even one of the most serious crimes because used by the power to suppress any challenge. Disrespect to the King or any member of the royal family, or even to his dog, whether by words, acts towards their people or their representations, images, symbols is heavily condemned.
One must be aware of it and remain vigilant both in the words and in the acts even unconscious towards all that bears royal figure: posters, banknotes and coins, postage stamps ... Immobilize a coin or a note on the ground with the foot is very frowned upon.

Stay after the deadline overstay

Overstay en Thaïlande...
It is necessary to respect the duration of the visa, an overstay if it is discovered during a control lead to a contravention, sometimes to an administrative incarceration and an banishment of variable duration.
An exceeding of a few days is liable to a fine of THB 500 per day of overtaking in the event that the excess is noted at the time of departure. If the overrun is found during a check during the stay it is the law that applies.

Electronic cigarette

La cigarette électronique
The electronic cigarette is illegal in Thailand. The law is often ignored by tourists coming to Thailand, although it is on the front page of the Thai embassy website and posted at airports. This concerns its use as much as the mere fact of owning one, even for personal use. The law provides for a fine and possibly a prison sentence of up to ten years.
Often, travelers will see their vaping equipment confiscated on arrival. Exceptionally, they face fines that can be significant and have sometimes been imprisoned and deported [2].

Cigarette prohibited on beaches

Triste plage...
More than twenty beaches are affected by local bylaws. These beaches have adequate signage and areas are reserved for smokers ... Failure to comply can result in a fine of 100,000 THB (2,500 € at the current rate)!

Have your passport.

Passeport et voyages
As a foreigner, tourists must have their passport on them permanently to be able to produce it in case of control. A photocopy is often accepted.

Driver’s license

Permis international obligatoire en Thaïlande
To drive a vehicle in Thailand, regardless of its power, you must hold a valid and valid permit: car license or motorcycle license in his country and have an international license. Many renters do not carry out an audit which is mandatory despite the theoretical sanctions incurred. In the event of an accident a trip can turn into a nightmare, the insurance does not cover the accidents related to an offense. This clause is present in all insurance policies. In crime, it is a heavy aggravating circumstance. In civil matters, material and bodily injury can be very high.

**** Drones
Avoir un drone en Thaïlande
Drones have become democratized by becoming miniaturized and seeing their cost being reduced. Many people want to bring back "breathtaking" images of their trip. To fly a drone in Thailand, he must have made a declaration to the appropriate authorities on CAAT (Civil Aviation Authority Thailand and obtained an authorization. The processing times, being particularly long it is difficult to use that during the first trip.
And once the authorization is obtained, there are many flight rules to respect.


Boissons et ivresse...
The sale of alcohol is prohibited to people under twenty years.
It is forbidden to drink alcohol in temples, in public parks and administrations.

Fish in National Parks

Poissons de Thaïlande
It is forbidden to feed fish in marine national parks and some other protected areas. This in order not to disturb the natural habits and behaviors of the fish.
This offense is punishable by a fine of 100,000 THB and up to one year in prison.

Sand or shellfish pickup

Coquillage de Thaïlande
Collecting pieces of coral, shells and sand is prohibited by the 1947 Fisheries Act, the National Parks Act 1961 and the Environmental Quality Improvement and Conservation Act 1992. Section 53 of the Fisheries Act, for example, prohibits the possession of certain animals or aquatic products, including coral, without the corresponding authorization or license.
It is especially when taking the plane especially for a domestic flight checks are made. Coastal airport staff (Krabi, Phuket, Samui ...) are particularly aware of this problem. We must also avoid buying souvenirs made of shellfish despite the tolerance they seem to enjoy.

Play cards

Jeu de carte...
A law regulates the importation and use of playing cards in Thailand. It is recommended not to play the card in public and, most importantly, not to play money games that are banned in Thailand.

Fighting offense

La bagarre...
In Thailand you can lead to the police station for a fight or a public altercation. One can have a fine for fighting and scandal in a public place, usually 500 THB.
When everyone finds himself at the police station, the one who started, the one who hit first, or even both, are fined THB 500. But also for example: if a person bores you, harasses you and you lose control and you hit him in the presence of witnesses, you are wrong, he can go to the police with his black eye and you will have to pay the fine.

Offense of insults

Insultes et accusations...
Insulting or accusing someone in the presence of others can also take you to the police station and sometimes even to the court if an amicable settlement is impossible. The insulted person (even for good reason) can ask for compensation and it will often cost you more than just a fine for a fight ... It must always be remembered that in Thailand, make a person losing face, even if you are right, is considered a serious offense.

[1If the overstay does not exceed 90 days and the fine is paid, the offender may leave the territory and return to Thailand, without being prohibited.
If you are surprised when an immigration officer or a police inspector passes the visa for more than 90 days, you end up in custody, in a prison, and then incarcerated in a detention center. administrative detention (Immigration Detention Center) pending the payment of the fine and the purchase of a ticket, finally, expelled and banned for a certain period.
In case of spontaneous declaration to the authorities, the fines are lower and the restrictions of stay less severe.

Exceeding period Inadmissibility period {{}}
Less than 90 days 1 year
Less than a year 3 years

Less than 3 years | 5 years ||
Less than 5 years | 10 years ||

Use and possession of drugs

Usage de drogue fortement puni en Thaïlande
Whether it is the consumption or the sale of narcotics, the repressive measures in Thailand are very severe, and the penalties are very heavy. The offenses of consumption or possession (very small quantities) of amphetamines, marijuana, hashish and other similar substances are systematically punishable by a prison sentence ranging from six months to ten years. The offenses of consumption or possession of hard drugs (very small quantities) - heroin, opium, etc. - are punished by a prison sentence of two to twenty years. The possession of a certain quantity of narcotics is enough to establish the crimes of traffic, even of sale. They are punishable by death. [[While the country of the sourrire is home to 10% of the inhabitants of Southeast Asia, it has 40% of its prisoner, 290 000, the majority in liason with the drug. However, the use of drugs progresses ....

[2In which case they are incarcerated in an administrative detention unit of immigration services.