Thai meals are meant to be communal, and it is customary to place the dishes in the middle to allow each person to eat what they wish.
Although it is considered unlucky to eat the last piece of a shared plate, it is typical for the other patrons to wish you good luck to compensate for this misfortune.
Food is also generally brought out one dish at a time, as it is prepared. It is not expected for diners to wait until all the meals are brought out before they start eating as is polite in western culture.
Instead they should tuck into the nearest meal as it arrives.
Mango SaladDish of the Day
Green Mango with shrimp and cashew nuts, mixed with Thai dressing
The traditional greeting is known as the wai, where you press your hands together as is in prayer and bow slightly, it is derived from the Hindu cultural influence from India. Among Thais, there are strict rules of hierarchy that dictate how and when the wai should be given. In brief, inferiors salute superiors first.
You should not wai service people or street vendors. The higher hands go, the more respectful you are. You will also often see Thais doing a wai as they walk past temples and spirit houses. If somebody makes a wai to you, a slight bow alone is more then sufficient for ordinary occasions, and for business, most Thais will shake hands with foreigners instead of waiing anyway.
Pad ThaiDish of the Day
Fried rice noodles, with shrimp or chicken, egg, peanuts and bean sprouts
The current Rattanakosin era of Thai history began in 1782, following the establishment of Bangkok as capital of the Chakri dynasty under King Rama I the Great.
Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only South-East Asian country to have been colonized by a foreign power, and fiercely proud of the fact. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy.
Curry TofuDish of the Day
Green curry, red curry or yellow curry with tofu
Nock todDish of the Day
Three pieces of deep fried marinated quail
Thai cuisine is characterized by balance and strong flavours, especially lime juice, lemon grass and fresh coriander, the combination of which gives Thai food its distinctive taste.
In addition, Thai food has a deserved reputation for being spicy, with hot little torpedo-shaped chillies called phrik khii nuu literally "mouse dropping chillies"
Thais are well aware that these can be more than Westerners can handle and will often ask if you like it hot; answer "yes" at your own risk!
Gaeng Garee GaiDish of the Day
Yellow curry chicken with coconut milk and potatoes, served with steamed rice