So you’re probably wondering why there is only a fork and spoon placed in front of you at the table with your first meal on Koh Samui, and you’re most likely very confused why people are staring at you as you eat Western style with your fork, ignoring the spoon altogether. After all it’s for soups… Isn’t it?
Thai food was traditionally eaten solely with the right hand, using sticky rice as the transferring method of scooping and ploughing food from the bowl to the mouth, but today it is now generally eaten with a fork and a spoon. This was introduced as part of Westernization during the reign of King Mongkut, Rama IV. It was his brother, Vice-king Pinklao, who, after watching a brief demonstration of Western dining etiquette by American missionary Dr. D. B. Bradley, chose only the Western-style fork and spoon from the whole set of table silverware to use at his own dining table.