This is a country that is making a lot of progress in many different areas. Its economy has grown drastically as has the GDP, the economy has modernised and access to amenities like modern health care have expanded rapidly. Unusually, at the same time, Thailand has been able to keep its beauty and traditions.
Poverty has declined drastically and within the next 20 years the country aims to earn a status of ‘developed country’. Thailand needs foreign experts to realize this goal and for years Thailand has been a popular place for expats to take advantage of the great career prospects available.
At the same time, luckily a lot of great things in Thailand remain unchanged. Street food can be found everywhere and many people agree that the best food in Asia is Thai. The great contrast between modern luxuries and rich traditions offers locals and immigrants the best of two worlds. Infrastructure, health care and education are of high standards, but traditional spas, temples and architecture can still be seen and enjoyed everywhere and aren’t expensive.
Relationships built on trust are important in Thai business culture and hierarchy also plays a major role. Thai tradition does not include shaking hands in greeting, a small bow with clasped hands called a"wai" is more common. Exchanging small gifts is common and helps build a good relationship. Presents are not opened right away but later, privately.