Each region of Thailand has variations in the way of life, sometimes with influences of neighboring cultures. One thing that remains consistent throughout the country though is the gracious character of its people. The traditional way of life of rural Thais is to grow rice,
vegetables and fruits for their own consumption and a source of income. Nothing illustrates the Thai way of life better than the traditions surrounding the growing and harvesting of rice, where farmers assist their neighbors and work is joined with fun.
Thais are proud whenever outsiders show interest in their way of life and display generosity and hospitality to visitors. They are more than happy to share their national heritage and way of life with visitors such as through courses on the art of cooking Thai food.