…or not so noble, if you ask Thai people. The term “kwai” is often used as an insult to others, insinuating that they are slow witted and plodding like, you know, a buffalo.
In September (holy crap, two months ago) I went on my first school field trip with Grades 8-12 to a Buffalo Village. All home room teachers went with their each class as everybody was led along by the Thai teachers for this cultural experience. It was fun, humorous and funny for these city kids to be with actual livestock.