To many outsiders Thailand represents “the East” at its most mysterious and enchanting. Never conquered by foreigners, this proud and ancient land has been shaped by Buddhism, the monarchy, and the military. Today it is a manufacturing powerhouse and a tourist paradise that welcomes more than 30 million visitors a year. Yet despite the veneer of Western modernity, the country and its people remain an enigma for many visitors.
Culture Smart! Thailand describes how the Thai people view the world and themselves. It examines the impact of religious beliefs and history on their lives, as well as recent social and political developments. With a wealth of tips on communicating, on socializing, and on navigating the unfamiliar situations that you are likely to encounter, this guide will help you to get the very best out of your time in the Land of Smiles.
The idea of "going Dutch" and splitting the bill is completely alien to Thais. If you invite a group of Thai friends out for lunch or dinner you will be expected to foot the bill, and vice versa. You can beckon the waiter over with your fingers pointed downwards.