***What people want to know about Thais? Check my latest post about the weirdest google search terms that lead to my blog (one is really hilarious).***
Several things that relate to Thai people. The last two are worth copying right away.
- They eat all the time – this is easily understandable considering the fact that white rice and noodles are not exactly known for filling you up. Also the food is not an enemy to be avoided but a good excuse to spend time with friends, family and co-workers.
- They don’t use the knife – when it comes to table etiquette Thais use the spoon that goes in the right hand and the fork in the left one. This is not a big issue since the local food is usually finely cut. If you happen to eat chicken drumsticks you might consider using your hands 🙂
- They expect you to order as you sit on the table – in many cases this is how the story goes: I go to the restaurant, I sit, they bring me the menu and simultaneously want to take my order. I say “Just a minute please”, they say “Ok” and in 30 seconds are back ready to write down the order. Since I’m not so quick reading the menu I started taking pictures of it in the places where I usually go, so that I know what I will take before I even step in.
- Lunch break with the purse – Thai women leave their bags in the office and head for the lunch break taking with them only the purse, mobile and company badge (which is also used to reserve the table while choosing the food stall).
- They add ka at the end of every sentence (or krub for men) – adding this words make the sentence sound more polite. It is similar to the English please, even though the use of ka/krub is far more extensive. Even if you don’t speak Thai at all you can still add it to anything you say – thank you ka, one coconut ka, good morning ka, f*** off ka..
- They show respect to the Royal family – Thais love the King and the Royal family. In honour of the King’s birthday millions of locals wear yellow shirts, t-shirts and polos. Apparently they buy a new one each year, otherwise I don’t know how to explain the infinite number sellers and queues that occupy the Bangkokian streets each time. The same happens for the Queen’s birthday, only that the color this time is blue ( thanks to all the comments below).
- They love their country – some Thais have traveled/lived abroad for a while, others would like to, but both categories are firm that they wouldn’t change their homeland for anything in the world.
- They are selfie obsessed – I take selfies, therefore I am is the philosophy Thais live by. Are they too self-centered? Maybe. Any place and time is suitable to take the picture. Even during a religious service in the temple.
- They are obsessed with white skin – everyone knows that Asian people in general appreciate white skin. There is a whole industry behind this phenomenon. What I didn’t know was that real time whitening camera apps exist. I realized it when I was observing a girl taking a selfie. The face color I was seeing in the camera was dozen shades brighter than the real one (if you know the name of such apps please let me know because I need it).
- They are happy – and it’s contagious. During the months spent in Bangkok I had a favorite street vendor for squid skewers. He was a young guy and he always seemed so happy. I wondered, how could he possibly enjoy working on the street, doing the same thing every day? Was he just putting a good face? Then I realized that happiness is an attitude and it comes from within. And Thai people know something about it.
- They are relaxed – imagine what will happen in the Western world if the traffic light stays red for more than 10 minutes. Do you know what happens in Bangkok? Nothing! Everyone waits patiently and what is most important – silently.
11* They smell menthol breathers – it is very common to see people smelling a little tube loking like a nasal spray. Reportedly it beats the pollution and decongests your sinus. A must try?
Have you noticed any other common behaviours of Thais?
You might also like part 2 of this article – 8 Things that only Thai people do