Everyone in Thailand thinks that I am Thai. It's quite comical getting asked for directions, as I wander around lost with my map and Lonely Planet guidebook in hand. Today I walked into an art gallery in a shopping mall near the hotel. The artists were positive they knew me and started conversing immediately in Thai. I shook my head dumbly, "No Thai." They were quite surprised.
We also had dinner over the weekend with new acquaintances, Tony (from Birmingham, AL) and his wife Ai, who is Thai and was convinced that I was a former colleague at her university in Bangkok. Now this is not a new experience for me in the States, but it came as a shock here. Even after I explain that I'm Chinese American, they still exclaim, "You look Thai!"