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went to a friends retirement/birthday an the weekend and their daughter who is late teens came over and gave me a hug on arrival and when leaving, I was a bit surprised to be honest. In Australia hugging friends/family is common place but here not so much, shaking hands has been very common here and I find many women want to shake your hand after meeting you, think it is the older ones that avoid any contact with you and wai only

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Over the years things have changed in the way they meet and greet all my wife's family and friends like to give me a hug and every night I go to the bar one girl gives me a big hug, I remember Thai men never shuck hands even thats changed

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'to shake perhaps very dirty hands'......i know where my hands have been, do you?
Be Woke...
fist bumps are the new greeting.....clean and hygienically healthy.

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I saw a documentary on BBC about Thai maids not having a good life - though nothing seemed out of the ordinary to me and the interviewer had no idea of Thai culture [as if hotel maids anywhere have a great life] - - but this Brit lady was walking around wai-ing children?? 

 

maybe the elderly lady was the doctor's mom? though you said it was an advertisement... so it just sounds like a sales pitch... 

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Cant stand  this over friendly  hugging nonsense everywhere, backslapping ,hugging etc etc

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I got hugged by a Tom girl guest at our homestay last week. Neither of us seemed awkward about it. I've only ever had a Thai initiate a handshake once, and he offered his left hand which I shook with my left to avoid any issue.

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25 minutes ago, richard_smith237 said:

Each to their own, that's my own and it works well for me. 

i was told as a farang never wai 

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On 12/4/2019 at 9:56 AM, 4MyEgo said:

that said, cultures are crossing over, we wai, they now shake our hand,

I wai ..... for no man.

Ain't all that keen on shaking hands with the white pension/insurance/financial crooks either.

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