Vodcast #008 - The Meaning of “YES” in Thailand by John Ho
Updated: Jul 28, 2020
In Thailand, there are multiple meanings of “YES”. The country is known as the "nation of smiles".
Most of the time if you need something and request Thai people to do something for you, they will say yes. When they say yes, the first scenario may be - they understand you so they say yes. In the most ideal situation, they give you what you want.
However, sometimes they will also say yes even though they do not understand what you are trying to ask them to do. But they don’t want to disappoint you or embarrass themselves, which makes them say yes. Thus, you may not be able to get what you originally asked for.
If you would like to uncover other situations, you are at the right place! If you know other interesting cultural norms, comment below as well.
About the Speaker:
Mr. John Ho is a social media marketing strategist and co-founder of Alt_. He grew up in Hong Kong and after graduating from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), he spent his first 10 years in Hong Kong working in the hospitality sector. Later on he pursued in network marketing business and also became one of the pioneers in mobile live-streaming with Periscope (Twitter Live App). His global audience is more than 60,000 combined with over 5,000 hours of stream time across platforms like Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. He helped built a Facebook page (Martial Tribes) to over 4 million page fans and also created the page "Married to Chiang Mai" with highly engaging content in various formats. John and his family are currently living in Thailand and he is creating his first co-living and co-working space in the old city of Chiang Mai.