The traffic on the streets of Thailand’s provincial towns seems chaotic because Thais don’t respect rules of the road. However, the lifestyle of Thais is strictly regulated by many traditions, habits, and beliefs.
The locals salute each other with different gestures of the «wai». It consists of a slight bow, with the palms pressed together in a prayer-like fashion. Hands at the forehead and the thumb touches the nose to greet a big official or a member of the Royal family. Hands at the eye level, thumbs in the nose to greet a man of the older age. Hands at the neck level, thumbs on the chest to greet children.
Thais write without commas and dots, and there are practically no spaces between words (except complex enumerations, before and after numbers, between first and last name, after parentheses). For example, the famous slogan «Thailand is a smiling country» is written like this:
Thais live in the future. The Buddhist calendar stays ahead of Gregorian for 543 years, that means in 2014 Thais celebrated the 2557 New Year. In all Theravada traditions, the calendar’s epochal year 0 date was the day in which the Buddha attained parinibbāna (nirvana-after-death).
Do not know the names of neighbors and friends. Have a «home name» in addition to the official name. Thai may never know that the neighbor’s real name is not Wan («Thick»), as he’s called but Mangkorn («Dragon»).
Several soups, rice, vegetables, meat, some sauces, and fruits are served for breakfast.
On Mondays, they prefer to wear yellow tones because it is the color of the royal family.
The whole family travels on small scooters, including babies and pets.
The capital is called City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Vishvakarman at Indra’s behest. This is the official name of the Thai capital.