>>1452093>And by the way, is it common for Thai people to hang out with strangers?
I'm not sure, to be frank. I have been invited out for drinks/socializing/meals by coworkers and neighbors, for sure, on thousands of occasions, but they weren't exactly strangers. And young people/students are often keen to practice English. So I guess the answer to this is 'kinda'?>I'm really interested in learning the language of a culture where people are a bit more socially liberal.
You may be a little surprised on this front.Thailand isn't as uptight as Japan, by any measure, but it is a more conservative, less laid-back place than you might think. Among the urban middle classes there is a good deal of emphasis placed on ideas of reputation, proper behavior, and 'face.' Country folks are a bit more down to earth.>Do people freak out over there if you ask them out to lunch casually?
No. Sharing of meals and snacks is a major social force. But expect to socialize in groups more than one on one, particularly with women--whatever you think you know about Thailand, normal/respectable/"nice" girls, which is to say the enormous majority of the female population, may be reluctant to be seen in public alone with foreign men, because they don't want to be mistaken for hookers, who are treated with depressing contempt by most Thai people.