Time is perceived differently in Thailand.
Time is perceived differently in Thailand, and so is fast food: It's cooked on a boat, it's healthy, and it tastes great.
For the casual visitor, the mai pen rai philosophy is most clearly embodied in the Thai concept of time. Time moves differently in Thailand. You'll particularly notice two differences.
Nobody seems to mind waiting. Sit in a Bangkok traffic jam for 20 minutes without moving, and you'll be amazed to realize that not a single person has honked their horn. Restaurant and bar service can be slow in Thailand as it can be anywhere in the world but you won't see the Thais getting upset about it.
Estimates of time can be wildly inaccurate. "In 10 minutes" can mean "right now" or it can mean "in 30 minutes." Since "30 minutes" can mean anything from 5 to 120 minutes, it follows that "10 minutes" can mean on second thought, let's not even go there.
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