There are several Thailand. First, Bangkok, more than 12 million people, and urban megalopolis hyperactive monster where we lose with pleasure. Then the South, its islands, beaches and rocks rising up from the sea, its spicier cuisine, has a slightly different and Muslim influences. Finally, the Northern deep Thailand, with its old original founding kingdoms, its relaxed pace of life, its Buddhist temples, rich soil ... Three therefore Thailand, physically and culturally different.
However, from one end to the other of Thailand found national qualities: a strong identity, Siam was never colonized and has developed arts, culture and even an own alphabet. A strong sense of social conventions and politeness, modesty too much, calm and dignity. Strong religiosity and jointly quasi-reverence for the royal family, chosen by God (openly criticizing the king is actionable!). Finally, a lot of humor, and a strong appetite for everything from fun especially - Thai Epicureans, always ready to party, eat well and drink well.
Unfortunately, the mercantile spirit and the influx of tourists in places could distort the lovable character of Thais. So: coastlines vandalized transformation privileged sites in tourist ghettos, rising prices, profitability takes precedence over the service, etc..
That said, Muang Thai (etymologically, "the land of the free") remains one of the last countries in the world that so many quality ingredients for a successful recipe perfect vacation: wooden bungalows on sleepy beaches, vast rice fields and jungle-covered hills, living traditions, speedés businessmen and ancestral tribes, refined and varied cuisine at prices (still) ridiculous.