While roaming about a neighborhood “slum” in Bangkok with my friend, we were invited to speak with a very kind family. English was not spoken by anyone who lived there however the visiting sister of the family knew enough English to invite us back to dinner a few nights later.
A few days later, I had an amazing night with new Thai friends who were so excited to welcome farang (foreign) guests. We had an informal dinner on their porch: I tried food so spicy that even the aroma was enough to make my eyes water. The women and children braided my hair and did my make up.
Afterwards our friends treated us to the local karaoke bar where $.20 USD would buy us a few minutes in the spotlight. To this day that was one of the most welcoming wholesome travel experiences I have ever had.