No matter what their origin, you will find Thais non-confrontational. In fact, confrontation is frowned upon. So if you see a Thai looking at you, smile! As there will be no malice intended on their part. And they may just be looking for the invite to open communication. Many visitors lose something along their travels, and many Thais say to each other "I did try to tell them". So your smile might just save you from losing your camera!
Of course, as with any culture, there are elements to avoid. But these are very few in Thailand. As even the inevitable gangsters do not want to "rock the tourist boat" (for sure). The largest "threat" to tourists are pick pockets, fraudsters (remember, business is business, nothing personal in most Asian cultures) and wanabe gigolos; The later can be extremely aggressive. Although it is wrong to generalize. Ladies, be wary of Thai guys with long and / or dyed hair. You can get good information online from The Thai Tourist Police.
Some useful cultural links can be found on a number of the regional pages of this forum. But here are some that may help you when you are traveling in Siam. If you would like to speak some Thai, try this link here. For arts and crafts, Thai Handicrafts Site, This Handicrafts Site and this one The Bangsai Arts & Crafts Village may help. If you are after Thai contemporary art, try Thavibu Gallery. If you can include food within culture (and you should), there are two excellent sites (with recipes) to get your palate working! The Thai Dish site, and TAT's own food pages. Last, but not least, you can find numerous Thai Buddhist sites on The Dhamma Thai Organization's site and the Thailand Meditation Group, who arrange meditation retreat stays and classes in Hua Hin / Pattaya.
Some "alternative culture" web sites would be My Thai Wife, a site helping lonely hearts find Thai wives. Also My Thai Fiancee, site that helps you get them back home (Visas, etc.). If you are of the the other "persuasion", then maybe the Utopia Gay Resource is for you. And if the relationship does not work out, you could always learn Muay Thai Boxing here.
Open Mind Projects is a volunteer site for people to spend their time helping the people of Thailand.
And finally, if any Thai web sites are, heaven's forbid in Thai and you need to learn the language, or you would like to learn Thai anyway, a tremendous place to start would be the Podcast Learn Thai web site.
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