SOME THAI PEOPLE SPEAK MANDARIN VERY WELLThe need for the Thais to speak Mandarin is to cater to the Chinese tourists in Thailand who cannot speak English well. And of course, the Thais in touristy areas will always talk to me in Mandarin. Sometimes, I respond back in Mandarin when necessary, but those moments crack me up every time. Picture two people speaking to each other in broken Mandarin \u2013 we both think we understand each other, but we probably don\u2019t\u2026 haha. At some point, we both end up running out of words to say and start giving each other blank stares.TIP FOR ASIANS TRAVELLING IN THAILAND: HOW TO STOP A THAI PERSON DEAD IN THEIR TRACKS WHEN THEY ARE TRYING TO HUSTLE FOR A SALEThai people in touristy areas always assume Asians are from China and would talk to us in Mandarin. Usually, we ignore them, but there are times when they ask us where we are from in English. I think it\u2019s their way of trying to establish rapport with us before busting out their Mandarin and then \u201cpitching\u201d for a sale. I\u2019ve learned to tell them that we are from Vietnam, to which the reaction we get is priceless. They give me this weird \u201cHUH\u201d look, and then turn to their colleague with this \u201cI don\u2019t know what to say, help me man\u201d expression! It cracks me up every time. I guess not a lot of Vietnamese people travel to Thailand.