Thailand is one of my favorite countries to visit. I suggest you travel there some time yourself, cause yes, the smiles are plenty and genuine, and eat anything from a cart or from a stick. Yum. The other reason I love Thailand are for its' drop dead beautiful temples with art that never stops. On a trip to Chiang Man (now my favorite city), imagine me, a metalsmith, seeing an entire temple made of metal. What Srisuphan or the “Silver Temple” is not actually silver, but aluminum which is raised from large panels by mostly monks, to high relief, of sometimes up to 5 inches high. Quite impressive if you have ever tried this yourself.
Local Artist working on a 6 ft long by 3 ft wide panel.