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Thailand - Dining Out
Eating out in Thailand is a national pastime for those that can afford it. You will find the average restaurant quite inexpensive compared with Europe. Top class establishments and highly rated hotels will equal any expensive restaurant in Europe.
Most traditional Thai food is bite size from the kitchen - already cut into small pieces before serving. If it isn't then it is because the texture of the food is soft enough to cut with a spoon or fork making the knife obsolete.
You will rarely find condiments like salt, pepper vinegar or mustard in the average restaurant as Thais use a salty sauce called nam-pla - a caramel coloured fish sauce.
English is 'spoken' or understood in most of the Thailand provinces where tourism is established. Most restaurants will have a Thai menu translated into English ( a good laugh sometimes!). Do not expect small restaurants or street side cafes to oblige you.
If you want to attract the attention of a waiter or waitress a simple wave of the hand will be signal enough that you need attention. Please do not clap, snap your fingers, whistle or hiss as all of these are unacceptable behaviour in public.
In provincial areas or small restaurants a small tip of 10 or 20 baht is quite acceptable no matter how much the final bill is. In middle to up market eateries 5 - 10% of the bill should be given or left.
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