Thais possess a happy-go-lucky ease and an infectious thirst for frivolity that, once experienced, is as addictive as sticky rice with mango and coconut milk. Maybe the humour is sometimes not particularly sophisticated, but at least Thais spend their lives laughing and smiling, in marked contrast to most Westerners.
Just watch out for culture shock.
Not the culture shock of arriving in the country, as most people don’t experience any problem at all with getting rapidly used to being lots happier, due to being in such a friendly, comfortable, interesting and easy-going place.
It’s the culture shock of going home that’s the problem. Try to remember that on public transport in the West, if you smile at strangers or, heaven forbid, talk to them, they will most likely assume you have mental problems. They definitely won’t offer you a piece of fruit or ask where you come from.
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