Land of Smiles
Land of fake smiles would be a more accurate description. Thais use the smile to avoid any confrontation or as a way of diffusing a difficult or embarrassing situation without either party losing face. More often than not leaving the real issue unresolved.
I think there is much more chance of a smile in somewhere remote rather than Phuket! I really enjoy Thailand and have visited about a dozen times.
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However, if I spent 4 solid years in a row there, I'm certain I wouldn't be smiling. It was a wonderful world ok, so the specs have turned a little rose-coloured with time and worth returning to. Then Mammon appeared to take over. This topic has been locked by a moderator.
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I was excited but slightly nervous about moving to a small town. When I finally arrived my nerves skyrocketed and I was not sure I could be happy in that small of a town. The next day I was in her car going to see the city and high school. I knew right when I entered the town that this was where I needed to be.
I accepted the teaching job the same day. A week later I had moved into my apartment in Chainat and began working. Chainat is still a small town but it has a gorgeous river that runs through the town and the people here are absolutely wonderful and full of smiles. My 5 weeks in Chainat have been incredible. I was expecting to have really bad culture shock once I left Chiang Mai and so far that has not happened. Everyday brings new trials but also joy.
I have the most compassionate and kindhearted Thai neighbor.
She sends me sweet good morning messages, shows me new places around town, and introduces me to all of her friends. She takes me out to dinner several times a week and her mom is always cooking and feeding me the most delicious meals. She is also teaching me Thai and I am helping her with her English even though it is already amazing.
She is one of the most generous and gracious women I have met. I have fallen in love with this little town and my simple life here.