Surrounded by rich natural resources, and having Buddhism as the center of their spirits, Thai people’s habit and customs were mainly based on agriculture and religion in ancient times. In all regions of the country, there is a Buddhist monastery and a shrine for the community’s deity, serving as a heart for inner peace, art, crafts and education. From birth to death the social system is centered on it. Today the influences of outside world are clearly evident on the traditional Thai cultural identity and created a more modern atmosphere in Thailand.
Thailand is known as the land of smiles, and no matter where in the country, a smile from the heart is always there to greet visitors. One of the gestures that illustrate the Thai identity is the greeting called Welcome Wai, which means when a person pressing palms in a gesture of prayer and welcome, rather than shake hands. In general, a younger person will Wai an elder, and will return the gesture. So, if you show someone a wai, should return the gesture. The nature of Thai people is gentle and polite, courteous when the talk and plietely end their sentences by the use of Khrap by men and Kha by women.