THAI AMBASSADOR to the Philippines Vasin Ruangprateepsaeng paid Manila Mayor Isko Moreno a courtesy call at the Manila City Hall on Thursday, 23 July 2020.
As the chief executive received the ambassador at the main gate of the Manila City Hall, the two VIPs exchanged “wais” as a show of politeness before exchanging the now popular “elbow-to-elbow” greeting amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
In Thailand, people who choose not to wai say ‘hello,’ which is ‘sawasdee’ (sa-wah-dee). Females say, “sawasdee kha (sa-wah-dee kaa),” with a soft ending. Males say, “sawasdee khrap (sa-wah-dee kap)” with a sharper, rising tone.
Photos by Kiara Lauren Ibanez / Benjamin Cuaresma