Early this year, it was revealed that Thailand had set a new record for tourist arrivals, welcoming as many as For , the government there hopes to bring in as many as 41 million tourists to the Land of Smiles. One sector that can help it achieve that goal is halal permissible by Islam tourism. A recent annual survey by Mastercard and CrescentRating found that Thailand is one of the top holiday destinations for Muslims. It found that an estimated 3. Thailand also ranked 18 out of destinations for Muslims worldwide.
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While many Thais are very Westernized today and understand the international meaning associated with most cues, their pride in their cultural customs means that as a visitor, being proficient in such non-verbal communication can award you a deeper respect and acceptance among the locals with whom you interact. Thais are receptive to the Western practice of handshaking, and will often do so to make Westerners feel more comfortable , but a tradition that has permeated into all aspects of 21 st century culture is the wai. Used when greeting one another, to say goodbye, or show respect, gratitude, or apology, the hands are placed together in prayer and raised upwards towards the face, while the head lowers in a slight bow and the eyes are lowered. Social status is extremely engrained in the exchange of wais , and the height of the hands is typically dependent on the perceived status or respect of the person you are greeting — monks, superiors, and the elderly are greeted with hands raised to the bridge of the nose, while younger people and subordinates may only receive a slight nod.
The restaurant is popular and quite busy. Despite this the service was fast and efficient. Food is good.
It's not time to talk about power," he said. But Mr Somkid said he had no position in the PPRP, the core coalition party, and his comments were in response to media reports about the power struggle within the party. The deputy premier also said he doubted such media reports had any basis.