|The Thais are good-mannered, gracious people,
temperate and conscious of the Buddhist doctrine. They are very pound of their country and it is easy for a foreigner to cause offence inadvertently.|
The way to make a WAI -- When meeting a Thai, put the hands together as if in prayer and nod slightly, saying sawasdee or more politely, sawasdee-krap to a man
and sawasdee-ka to a lady. The position of the hands is supposed to be quite important. They should be placed in front of the chest when meeting a child, against the chin to greet someone of
equal status or a very close friend, raised to the level of the top lip for meeting an older person or someone of senior status, and placed against the forehead when paying homage to Buddha or when
meeting the King or a monk. Nowadays, however, Thais will place their hands nonchalantly anywhere in font of the face on most occasions.