Language and the Wrong DVDs to Bring
Once outside of the cities, few Thais speak English. Yet communication is easy in the Land of Smiles-all you have to do is keep grinning. The gender of a speaker, however, is important. For instance, to say hello, Carolyn would say, "Sawat-dii kha," but I would say, "Sawat-dii khrap." To indicate thanks, s female says, "Khawp khun kha"; a man says, "Khawp khun khrap." Mai pen rai, however, is casual and doesn't change with the gender of the speaker-and it means "No problem!," which is nearly always true in Thailand.