Like in English, Thai has titles that you can add in front of names. If you are a beginner, make sure you remember at least the first three. Be careful with this word, as using it will establish your inferiority. Say this for high level people, VIPs, officials, etc. It is the equivalent of Mrs.
This was an unsurprising rant: if an ex-pat doesn't grumble about the local population then something's wrong. Although ajarn dot com has never shirked from handing out some just criticism of Thai education and culture, I felt it was only fair to balance worthy criticism with worthy praise. Consequently, I have decided to brush the "I will never be accepted as anything other than a foreigner" chip off my farang shoulder and praise the admirable aspects of Thai culture. Now this isn't as easy as it sounds, not because choices are lacking, but because it's always easier to moan and detract, rather than praise and promote. Similar sentiments are expressed by musicians who find that the hardest songs to write are the cheerful uplifting ones, and the easiest songs to write resemble a melancholic dirge. Nevertheless, below is a brief description of some of best and most interesting parts of Thai culture.