3. The wisdom of social status
A clear hierarchy in the family and at work is due to the peculiarities of the Thai mentality. The boss, for example, is considered almost a god, and colleagues with lower positions bow to their seniors. At the same time, people with high status do not boast of their position and do not demonstrate their superiority – they quite calmly dine in a cafe with representatives from less privileged sections of society. However, no one forgets about the difference in status.
Thais are convinced patriots with a bias towards nationalism: the king, family and country for them are the pillars of the whole worldview. All the rest does not matter.
4. Spirits are everywhere
Thais in all seriousness believe in ghosts and other evil spirits, periodically arranging ceremonies for the expulsion of evil spirits. One of the popular rituals is to make a loud noise during a lunar eclipse in order to prevent the fiends of the other world from swallowing the moon. For good spirits, they build fancy houses. Not a single Thai undertaking is complete without an offering to the spirits – whether it is the opening of a store, matchmaking or the start of a new project.
5. Service in the army is a lucky ticket
In Thailand, enlisting in the military is a great honor. Even Buddhist monks aspire to go there. There is no end to those who really want, and the state is forced to carry out screenings. After passing the medical examination, eligible applicants draw cards: they pulled out a red one – welcome to the ranks of recruits, a black one – no luck (read: did not please the spirits enough).
6. Burning tom yum is not a favorite at all
Contrary to popular stereotypes, not all Thais love spicy food. Many choose European food, and when preparing national dishes, they do not cover them with hot spices, preferring a moderate taste. By the way, they eat quite often and a lot: 6-7 times a day, and in such portions that the average farang can hardly master. Fried locusts and other cockroaches as seeds are almost a 100% tourist attraction. Most people in Thailand consume these delicacies very rarely.
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7. Miracle Metabolism
A typical picture: Bangkok, the heat at +35 ° C with humidity under 100%, and office workers in long-sleeved shirts and ties briskly walk along the hot streets. Habitual Thais sweat a little, do not “smell” and generally feel good in such heat. And they don't get fat by eating an incredible amount of food. This is not about fast food, of course, but about traditional food. It's simple: they were lucky with their metabolism.
Many Thais, like other Asians, do not drink or eat milk derivatives due to lactose intolerance. But not all – there are people who are quite tolerant to milk sugar.