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The Thai don’t shake hands, they wai each other; putting their hands together in a prayer-like fashion. They do this for greetings, thanking, apologizing and taking leave. They also wai statues of Buddha, temples and other things that don’t wai them back. Who wais who first and how high you put your hands are all part of an unwritten social hierarchy, so it can be confusing at first, but it also offers insight into how people relate to one another in a Buddhist culture. Continue reading

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