Is it easy to make friends with locals here? Are there any prejudices or any ethnic groups who might feel uncomfortable here?

I think it is pretty easy to make friends with the locals (as long as there is a shared language, obviously). Thais like Americans and are very friendly. There are a LOT of Chinese tourists here and at times they don't always have what Thais would consider to be the best manners, so I have heard some negative remarks from Thais about Chinese. But at the same time, the Thais depend on the Chinese for tourism, so I don't think they'd ever be rude or discourteous to a Chinese person directly (and many Thais have a Chinese ancestor or two at some point in their family lineage), but it's good to be aware that that dynamic exists. - Mar 2019

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