students thailand

Marten Nauta

“They greet each other by giving a very close handshake at the same height as the hairline. How higher the handshake is in the air, how higher the status. In the villages the people live in houses of bamboo, but in the cities they live in houses of bricks. The difference between rich and poor is very big. I really liked the courtesy. It’s such a beautiful country, I can recommend it to anybody!”

 

Susanna Capecchi, 
“The people are extremely polite. They treat you like a king and are very shy and quiet. I think they will never say something rude or something bad right in to your face, so they speak with a lot of metaphors. A tip could be that you can maybe try to speak some daily used words in Thai, just to be polite, but a very good conversation will be hard.”

 

Ana Cristina Daque

 

“I can address teacher with their first name but have to put the word ‘Jarn’, which means teacher or professor, in front of their name. For example, I had a teacher whose name is Kate and I call her Jarn Kate. They had a lot of respect when directly talking to the teacher but it was kind of different from United States. One of my teacher has his student on instagram. He was more like a friend which is totally different from American culture. In Thailand, teachers contact with their students with line accounts or facebook, but in America, we usually use email or go to the office, nothing personal.”

 

“I think religion does have a pretty big influence on their daily lives. And I think it is a combination of religion and politics. They worship Buddha and give offerings like food and water. Also, the national holidays are related to religious holidays. ”

 

“I was in Bangkok. It is really big city and different from where I have ever been to. It is even more chaotic than New York city. It does not have strict downtown area. It has one but not like the one that has center and residence area around it. Every shops and financial districts just spread all over the cities.”

 

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