The land of smiling faces

Did you know that Thailand is called the “Land of Smiles”? Actually, the Thais really do smile a lot! But in reality, the reason why Thailand has been attributed such a moniker is not because its inhabitants are always in a good mood. The Thais have a wide range of terms for diverse types of smiles, thirteen to be more precise! When I took these photos back in June 2014, I did not even know about these smile categories. But I think that this album represents pretty well the different kinds of smiles that you may be able to see in Thailand.

Mr Suk, the man driving a tuk tuk is having a polite smile in his picture: after all, he had just met a few strangers who were sure to bore him to tears, so he just shook our hands and said it was great to meet us. There are also a few smiles of diffusion in these photos – when you feel embarrassed in akward or unknown situations. My favourite one is probably the Akha woman’s happy smile.

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