Handle our Thai relations carefully - Taipei Times, August 30, 2005
...Nonetheless, the Thai are a people who really care about face.
As long as you give them face, they are sure to reciprocate accordingly.
For instance, although Academia Sinica President Lee Yuan-tseh could
not hold bilateral talks with Thaksin when he attended an APEC summit
in Bangkok as Taiwan's representative a few years ago, Thaksin still
phoned the restaurant offering to pick up the tab after Lee wined
and dined Taiwan's APEC delegation and some Taiwanese expatriates.
According to the Thai way of thinking, as long as you show the respect
due to the host and observe the taboos and rules of their society,
he or she will also react favorably to you...