Thai cuisine varies by local regions in Thailand. Some distinctive characteristics about Thai cuisine go beyond the well-known spiciness factor. Thai food is colorful, spicy and aromatic. However, these qualities aren’t just for aesthetics and flavor. Many herbs and spices are specifically chosen for their medicinal qualities. For instance, the capsaicin found in chilis is widely used for health benefits. Traditionally, tables will be filled with food as all dishes of a meal come out together. Rice is always present, often accompanied by soup, curries and various side dishes.