With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, love is in the air in East Dean, and the staff at Thai Terre, the South Downs’ premier Thai restaurant, are looking forward to welcoming all the happy couples. Romance in Thai culture is very different to that in the West. For example, do you hold hands with your partner or wrap an arm around their shoulders when taking a walk? In Thailand it is not advisable to do this – it is taboo to touch a woman in public and the woman may be judged to be ‘easy’. It is acceptable, however, for a woman to hold a man’s arm. Do you want a romantic table for two? In Thailand you might want to book a larger table as it is common for a young lady to bring a friend, sibling or even her whole family with her. This is done not only to reassure the woman with the presence of one or more chaperones, but also so that her nearest and dearest have the chance to meet you and advise her on your suitability. Don’t talk to them more than you need to, though. You may think you’re being polite, but if you pay more attention to her companion than to your date, they might think you fancy them instead! Finally, if a Thai woman invites you to dinner to meet her parents, she may be hearing wedding bells – in Thai culture, when a young man meets his girlfriend’s parents it is expected that soon he will ask their permission to marry her. So why not play safe and impress your valentine with a romantic dinner of delicious, exotic Thai cuisine at Thai Terre. But if she wants to bring a friend, please let us know when booking!