A brilliant article detailing the corruption from cradle to grave ingrained in Thai society. Surely the described "short-cuts" can be a very refreshing break from over-regulated Western societies, but sometimes one really learns the hard way that the rule of law has definite advantages. Thais have never subjected to rulers or rules, the villages were always rather independent. But practiced by the ruling elites, these customs have very sinister consequences in perpetuating an extreme hierarchical society with woeful wealth distribution.
Blaine Magos: Thank you, very interesting. Actually,I was born in Thailand in 1972 but my mother and I fled and settled here in Britain. Honestly, I didnt really care much about my Thai heritage until my mother died recently, now I've been trying to discover as much as I possibly can. Seemed like the food was as good a place as any to start from! Anyway, I found a thai food recipe site here that other readers might be interested in too.